Rushwick School is a dynamic, inclusive Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) primary school for children from 4-11 years old. There are currently 154 children in six classes, with all our class teachers having the support of highly skilled support staff who together provide us with further expertise in art, music, ICT, PE, early years learning and special educational needs.
Recent years have been particularly exciting for us with the school and wider community working closely together to enhance the learning environment of the school. In January 2014 Ofsted described Rushwick as a good school in every area. This was followed in July 2014 by a Church schools’ inspection judging our provision to be “outstanding", particularly singling out the caring ethos of the school and ability to meet the needs of all our pupils. We believe we have made even more progress since then and that our pupils continue to have a school to be proud of.
The school was originally at Crown East but moved to its present site in 1964. The school site has been transformed over the past five years with our most recent expansion work in 2017 having the biggest impact. The main building comprises a large hall with seven classrooms, a library, a group work / meeting room, nurture room and cloakrooms. There is a new classroom to the front of the school along with new receptions area and office. To the rear are two new classrooms, cloakrooms and new toilets. The school site has full access for the disabled. New solar panels provide us with direct electricity. This new building project is enabling us to grow into a one form entry primary school and provide a modern, dynamic learning environment for all our children.
Outside we have a large playing field and recently extended playground, a covered quiet area, outside classroom, large sand play area, forest school site, bike racks, a conservation area with a pond and wonderful views of the Malvern Hills.
We are proud to offer our own wrap around care, Little Stars, for Rushwick school pupils of all ages. Little Stars is run by school staff and is based in the heart of our school. We offer flexible, affordable childcare before and after school, starting at 7.30am and finishing at 6pm every week day during the school year.
Our staff are a dedicated team, committed to providing the best we can for the children in our care. We expect high standards, but academic achievement is not our only concern. As a passionately inclusive school, we celebrate that each child has different interests, capabilities and experiences and our aim is to encourage and develop the potential of everyone.
In size and location we have the best of both worlds. We are small enough to provide a family atmosphere where all adults know and care for all the children, but large enough to offer a wide range of skills and opportunities. We are a village school within a thriving rural community, but close to the city of Worcester with its traditions and cultural activities.
Meet the staff
Headteacher: Mr Jeffrey
Deptuty Head / SEN leader: Mrs Hulls
Class Mercury (Reception): Class Teacher: Mrs Ballinger. Teaching Assistants: Mrs Edmondson and Mrs Ansell
Class Mars (Year 1): Class Teacher: Mrs Hulls. Teaching Assisitant: Mrs Platt
Class Venus (Year 2): Class Teachers: Mrs Booton and Mrs Burrows. Teaching Assistant: Mrs Shepherd
Class Neptune (Year 3 and 4): Class Teachers: Mrs Taylor-Page and Mrs Stephens. Teaching Assistants: Mrs Wild and Mrs Harding
Class Saturn: (Year 4 and 5): Class Teacher Miss Foy. Teaching Assistants: Mrs Staples and Mrs Harding
Class Jupiter: (Year 6): Mr Clement. Teaching Assistant: Mrs Fenwick and Mrs Harding
THRIVE Practitioners: Mrs Hulls, Mrs Staples
Music Coordinator: Caroline Waldron
Little Stars (Wrap around care): Manager: Mrs Dee. Staff: Mrs Ching and Mrs Cohen.
Assistant Caretaker: Mrs Spalding
Lunchtime Staff: Mrs Spalding, Mrs Gale, Mrs Colenso, Mrs Turnbull, Mrs Chance, Mrs Ching, Mrs Powell- Davies
Office Staff: Mrs Miller, Mrs Dee and Mrs Waldron
Breakfast Club (Little Stars): 7.30am to 8.50am
Playground gate opens: 8.30am
Start of School: 8.50am
Morning break: 10.30am to 10.45am
Lunchtime: Infants (Reception and KS1): 12pm to 1pm. Juniors (KS2): 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Afternoon break: Infants (Reception and KS1): 2.30pm to 2.45pm
End of School Day: 3.15pm
Afterschool club (Little Stars): 3.15pm to 6pm
School Development Plan Priorities 2017 to 2018
On our journey towards becoming an outstanding school, Rushwick has set three following priorities for 2017/18:
Priority 1: Leadership
We aim to secure a culture that promotes greater personal professional learning within our team so that we too are “learning to live, living to learn”
OUTCOMES: The School leadership team is consolidating ways of enabling an invitational culture of support. We are continuing to encourage teachers to reflect upon their own professional needs and seek to work collaboratively with the governing body and other stakeholders in order to develop their classroom practice by preparing their own professional development planning.
School leadership, which includes the governing body, is providing increased opportunities for teaching staff to share, research, try things out and feed back to others. The School leadership team is engaged with local and non-local authority educational partners in order to gain relevant CPD opportunities and collaborative experiences for teachers.
Priority 2: Raising attainment and accelerating progress.
OUTCOMES: Consolidate the consistency of ambitious pupil outcomes from foundation stage to KS1, and strengthen pupil progress and attainment outcomes from KS1 to the end of Key Stage 2, for all groups of pupils.
Priority 3: Promoting Reading for Pleasure
OUTCOMES: Develop reading for pleasure across whole school community.
We aim to achieve an enhanced use of resources to help encourage and model reading for pleasure. At the end of the school year carry out a follow up pupil survey on attitude to reading outside of school, compare to assessment outcomes over the school year, to see if progress has been made.
A full copy of the School Developement Plan is a available from the school office on request.