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Dear All

Welcome back to the new term and the new year. September is always an exciting time of the academic year with fresh possibilities for students, staff and school. We have had excellent A level results with 28% of our Sixth Form students going to Russell Group Universities and a positive increase in the number of students returning to Rainford Sixth Form. Our GCSE results have once again been good with more than 7 out of ten students leaving with 5 good GCSEs and 78% achieving A*-C in both English and Maths qualifications. This gives us a firm foundation to continue to strive for excellence at Rainford High.

We look forward to welcoming back students into the next year of their education and we are also delighted to open our doors to 290 Year 7 students. Our aim is to live our ethos of "Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds" and ensure that all our students have an excellent year of learning and development.

As a school we have been looking and developing strategies to ensure we do our job better but we also need the help of parents and students to move forward by supporting us by working hard and supporting the school in achieving the highest standards. The example of Team GB at the Olympics should inspire us all to look at how focus on improving, hard work and commitment can bring excellent results. To achieve these standards we all need to show character and determination and over come the challenges to achieve our very best.

The academic year promises to be a busy one as we look to continue to enrich our curriculum and deliver excellence in lessons, improve student outcomes and the broader aspects of school life. The school will consult on becoming an Academy and forming a Multi Academy Trust. This consultation will begin on the 9th September with the launch of the consultation website, details of public meetings and dates for one to one drop in sessions.Full details of the consultation process will come to you all via letter, email and the school website.

Our expectations of everyone involved in the school are simple; We expect your best days work every day. 

Welcome back.

Ian Young

Year 9 Options

For the upcomming options evening 26th January can you please have a look at the following link for more details 

Year 9 Options

Sports News

Follow the link below to read about our latest news along with new additions to our extra curricular programme at lunch times and after school. The clubs are very well attended but we still want more students to come and give something a try if they are interested. 

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Religious Studies Department A level and GCSE Revision Sessions

•A/S and A2 Revision sessions  - Tuesday Lunchtimes in E104 with Mrs. Dack

•General GCSE Revision for Year 11 students – Wednesday lunchtimes in E102 with Miss Kent
•Exam Techniques and Exam practise – Thursday lunchtimes in E104 with Mr. Bebb.

Lunchtime Menu

Please see our new lunchtime menu

Follow this link

The sounds of Spanish

Save the date!

We would like to you to invite you to join us on Wednesday 9th November for our  Year 7 Parents into Spanish evening.  This will take place in the MFL department and will run from 7pm-8pm.

Please follow the link for more details 
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World Mental Health Day

At Rainford High we are taking steps to raise awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing. On Monday 10th October it is World Mental Health day and we will be promoting this during the day with a range of local services offering advice on stalls in the foyer during beak and lunch. Some of these services include CAMHS, Barnardos, Listening ear bereavement service and many more. Some students have been asked to take part in some workshops during the day as part of a pilot scheme that if successful will eventually be rolled out to the whole school during Mental Health week in May 2017. Please encourage your child to show their support and visit the stalls during the day. Please keep checking the website for further dates and events. If you have any concerns about your child's emotional health or wellbeing please do not hesitate to contact the school. Thank you for your continued support.

New Spec GCSE Spanish working party- AQA

Rationale:  There are no grade boundaries available for the new GCSE so we have no idea of where the students are at compared to other schools locally or nationally.

Please follow the link below for all details 
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International Literacy Day

Rainford High kick started the new academic term by celebrating International Literacy Day on the 8th September.

At lunch-time, the newly trained Year 8 librarians, supported by the school’s librarian, Mrs Relf and Associate Principal for Literacy, Mrs Wheelock, organised a range of literacy-based activities for all pupils to enjoy in the library. 

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Open Evening 28th September

Attention! Y5 and 6 Open Evening: 28th September 6.00-8.00pm

To all prospective students we are delighted to announce that our Open Evening will be on Wednesday  the 28th September form 6.00pm until 8.00pm.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school where you will have the opportunity to meet students and staff and understand why we would like you to join us on our journey to excellence. 
The evening is a great opportunity to feel the atmosphere of our school and understand what we are all about. If our vision and ethos are a good fit for the education you want for your child Open Evening is the first step in making that decision.

We have increased the number of places available to students from 270 to 290 this year and we look forward to seeing you at Open Evening.

RememberOpen Evening is the first step and we also encourage all prospective parents and students to tour the school  on a normal school day to gain a full picture of the secondary school we would like you to join.
We look forward to seeing you on the 28th September between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

Year 7 Sports Team Trials Next Week

PE Trials
Follow the link below to our sports page where you will find all the details about theYear 7 trials across most sports. They start next week, Monday 12th September, with boys football and girls’ netball for Year 7 and the rest of the year groups netball teams.

We welcome everybody to come and take part in the trials and look forward to seeing you all next week. 

Follow our twitter page RAINFORDPE or clicks on the sports news tab on the website to find all information regarding fixtures and news.

Thanks PE

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Important Academy News!

Dear Parent/Carer

The Governors of Rainford High Technology College recently voted to undertake a consultation as to whether the school should become an Academy and we would like to inform you of the details of this. The governors are keen to seek out the views of all stakeholders and the outcomes of this process will help us to decide whether we wish to move forward and seek approval from the Department for Education.

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GCSE Results: Students celebrate achieving great results at Rainford High.

Students and staff are delighted with the results achieved for GCSEs this year. 

The fantastic results show that Rainford High continues to move from strength to strength on its mission to deliver excellence for all the community we serve. For the fifth year running more than 7 students in every 10 have left with five good GCSEs and 78% of students have achieved good grades in Maths and English at grade C or above. 

The results reflect the hard work and dedication of the students to achieving their ambition and putting themselves on a successful journey for the rest of their lives. The support the staff have given the students has been first class and that has allowed the students to achieve life enhancing results. 

Principal Ian Young said “From a school perspective every group of young people is different and so are their achievements, we are incredibly proud of the young people who have done so well this year in gaining strong outcomes for their future opportunities but also supporting the school in moving towards delivering excellence for all its students.”

Time to celebrate!

The A Level headlines are:
- Our best results ever!
- 52% A*-B
- 28% of students going to Russell Group universities

Don't forget enrolment is on the 25th August!!!

Please follow the link below and see our new 6th Form website! 
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Students celebrate moving on by achieving excellence at Rainford High.


The results at Rainford High this year show an 18% improvement with 52% of students achieving A* - B grades in their A level results. Students were delighted by the outstanding A level results they achieved this year. 

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English Newsletter

KS3 Rainford High English Newsletter

Please click on the link to download our letter! 

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On Friday 24th June, a total of 270 pupils and staff from Rainford High took on the challenge to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Reading Lesson.
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Rainford High and the AJ Bell Trust

Rainford High and the AJ Bell Trust make awards to promising sports men and women

The first round of sports scholarships have been award at Rainford High to some of their promising sports men and women. Following a challenging application process 9 students have been successful in securing funding from the AJ Bell Trust and Rainford High to support their sporting aspirations.

Ian Young Principal of Rainford High said “We are fortunate to have an incredible amount of talent within the school and some of our students are performing at a level that the curriculum does not support their progress in their chosen sport so we are delighted to be working with the AJ Bell Trust to give them opportunities that both inspire and support their dreams.”

The awards are bespoke to the individual student in some cases being exciting opportunities to be inspired by elite performers and in other cases support in attending National and World events. The hope is that one day an Olympic Gold Medallist or another elite performer will have benefited from the opportunity the AJ Bell Trust Awards and Rainford High have given them. 

Bushcraft payment

The Woods are a great place to start your adventures with The Bushcraft Company. Living in the wild, sleeping under canvas and cooking over open fires, these residential school trips will take your students on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

The original Bushcraft Company adventure, school trips in The Woods include a wide range of activities, designed to enhance social and personal development, whilst having fun and learning new skills. From bushcraft, shelter-building, and wilderness cookery, to archery, orienteering and roped tree-climbing, no two days are ever the same.

Please follow the link below for payment


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Spelling Bee 2016

w/c 6th June : spelling bee launched to pupils and spelling lists given out in assemblies. Start practising!
w/c 13th June : form-time practice
w/c 20th and 27th June: heats in form-time!
w/c 4th July!: Final in assembly
(1 person from each form)

Will you bee crowned champion?!
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Celebrating Shakespeare

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April 1616, we have organised:

• In form-time: Shakespeare quizzes in form time on works you have studied!

• In lessons: cross-curricular activities on Shakespeare!
• In the library: quizzes, word searches, a fact-finding treasure hunt and a film so you can appreciate the greatest writer in the English language!

Governors’ Announcement

 Dear All
The Governing Body of Rainford High have agreed to move forward in exploring the possibility of converting to an Academy Trust. There will be a full consultation beginning in the next few weeks to share and gather your views before any final decision to become an academy can be made.
As a school that believes in partnership with our community we feel it is best to keep you informed of all major decisions. There will be more information in the coming weeks to keep you fully informed and involved.
Ian Young
Rainford High

Unicef ROC Achieved

Rainford High has successfully achieved the Unicef UK Recognition of Commitment (ROC) for your rights-respecting work.

Top 100 Schools!

Rainford High moves into the Top 100.
Rainford High has entered the Top 100 of non-selective state funded schools in England due to its excellent GCSE results in 2015. 

This goes alongside being the only non selective school in the top ten schools in Merseyside. 
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World Book Day

World Book Day will be celebrated at Rainford High on Thursday 3rd March. 

Can you imagine what it would be like to have never held a book? Sadly, that is a reality for many children in Africa. When you don’t have access to books, it’s difficult to improve your reading skills. And when you can’t read, your future is nowhere near as bright as it could be. But this World Book Day, we can help to change that by fundraising in our school. 
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During the first week of February, 24 students from Rainford Sixth Form travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to visit CERN- the forefront of particle physics research. 

After an early start on the Monday the students flew out from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Geneva Airport, accompanied by Mr McGiveron and Mr Avery. 
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Maths Mastery

Rainford High has joined The Mathematics Mastery partnership which aims for exceptional achievement for all students through exemplary teaching.
Mathematics Mastery strongly believe in an entitlement to a great mathematics education for all students, whatever their background or prior attainment. Central to this is the belief that everyone can improve and effort is more important than “ability”
Lessons focus on problem solving and depth of understanding. We want children to think like mathematicians not just DO maths.
We believe that pupils should:
•      explore, wonder and  question
•      compare, classify and sort
•      experiment, play with possibilities, modify things and see what would happen
•      make theories, predictions and draw conclusions
All Y7 students will follow the Mastery programme.
Mathematics Mastery is a long-term programme based on evidence and research.  Although it’s in its early days of implementation, research by the University of Central London and the University of Cambridge has shown impact even after only one year of use which you may have seen through  the press attention earlier this year.