'We treat people the way we wish to be treated ourselves'
Rushwick School has a reputation for being a happy, passionately inclusive Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) village primary school for children from 4-11 years old. The school is growing, with pupil numbers currently at 164 in seven single age group classes. All our class teachers have the support of highly skilled support staff, who together provide us with further expertise in music,art, PE, early years 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 July 2019 the SIAMS schools’ inspectorate judged our provision to be “good", particularly singling out our caring ethos and ability to meet the needs of all our pupils. Rushwick School is a resilient and cohesive learning commmunity. We are not afraid to stand up for the values of our school and we encourage every child to do the same.
Rushwick School has been on its present site since 1964. The building and grounds has been transformed over the past two years with expansion work enabling the school operating as 'one form entry' from September 2019. The main building is comprises of a large hall, reception area, seven classrooms, a modern library, a wrap around care room, nurture room and four seperate cloakrooms, including a bathroom managment area. For staff and adult visitors we also have a large staffroom and meeting area, cloakroom facilities, school office and seperate headteacher's office. The school is all on one level so the site has full access for pupils and staff. New solar panels provide us with direct electricity. The journey to becoming one form entry has temporally cost us our Ofsted good rating, but we take pride in knowing the school community is much stronger, with a modern, dynamic learning environment for all our talented children and staff.
There is also a privately run Pre-School within our school grounds. Although not managed by the school or local authority, we do work closely with them and value their important role in providing early years child care and nursery education for families in our community. We also support their aim of establishing a new building on site to replace their current accomodation.
At the front of the school is a spacious playground with areas of woodland, sheltered quiet areas, a fenced off wildlife pond and a timber 'outsided classroom' used for group work and performances. A the rear of the school we have a large secluded playing field boarded by hedges, mature trees and a woodland glade that leads to a forest school. Leading from a pathway at the back of the car park, adjacent to the school field is a brand new sensory garden, designed by the children. The rest of the playing field is surrounded by back gardens of neighbours and an ajoining farmer's field, currently left fallow as a wildlife corridor. Beyond this are views of farmland and 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 / SEND leader: Mrs Hulls
Recepton: Class Teacher: Mrs Stephens. Teaching Assistant: Mrs Edmondson
Year 1: Class Teacher: Mr Clement. Teaching Assisitant: Mrs Platt
Year 2: Class Teacher: Miss Foy. Teaching Assistant: Miss Spencer
Year 3 : Class Teacher: Mrs Ballinger. Teaching Assistants: Mrs Harding and Mrs Smith
Year 4: Class Teacher: Mr Treacy. Teaching Assistants: Mrs Harding and Miss Roberts
Year 5: Class Teachers: Mrs Booton and Mrs Hulls Teaching Assistant: Mrs Staples and Mrs Roberts
Year 6: Class Teacher: Miss Tolladay. Teaching Assistant: Mrs Staples
THRIVE Practitioners: Mrs Hulls, Mrs Staples
Music Specialist: Caroline Waldron
Little Stars (Wrap around care): Manager: Mrs Dee. Staff: Miss Roberts
Assistant Caretaker: Mrs Spalding
Lunchtime Staff: Mrs Spalding, Mrs Gale, Mrs Colenso, Mrs Smith, Mrs Powell- Davies
Office Staff: 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: KS1: 10.30am to 10.45am / KS2: 10.45am to 11am
Lunchtime:: 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 2019 to 2020
On our journey towards becoming an outstanding school, Rushwick has set the following priorities for 2019/20:
Key Area 1: Implement a rigorous and sequential approach to the reading currciulum so that pupils' fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading are prioritised.
Key Area 2: Review the curriculum to ensure it is coherently planned and sequenced towards ambitious end points.
Key Area 3: Hold leaders at all levels to account for the progress of all pupils across the school.
A full copy of the School Development Plan is a available from the school office on request.