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Principal's Update

Welcome to 2015 for what promises to be a significant year for everyone at Rainford High.

We continue to move forward to be the best school we can possibly be. The school's results in 2014 and the on going work with all the students in the school show the improving quality of education on offer at Rainford High. The latest figures show the school clearly adding value to all students GCSE learning with subjects such as English, Maths and Humanities performing above national expectations and Science adding value to students learning as well as achieving well above national results at GCSE.

Our Sixth Form continues to support its students to achieve good outcomes with all students leaving year 13 progressing to University, with one in four students going on to attend Russell Group Universities. This is a testament to the tremendous support and guidance the Sixth Form at Rainford offers the young people who attend.

As Principal I am sure once again we will be visited by OFSTED.  It will be a pleasure to share the progress made by the school and the successes and contributions of the students and staff who are working hard to make Rainford the best school it can be for every student who attends.

We are looking forward to making 2015 a year of success for all the students at Rainford High by providing great day to day learning alongside inspirational events. This week year 11 take part in the second RED day of the year to study and reflect on the Holocaust. The day will be a memorable experience for all involved not least because the students will listen and question a Holocaust survivor. This type of opportunity is increasingly rare and precious and I would like to thank Mrs Dack our Head of Religious Studies and the Holocaust Educational Trust for making the event possible. The study and understanding of events such as the Holocaust are essential to ensure that our young people become the citizens of tomorrow we want and need to ensure fundamental values such as freedom, diversity and tolerance.

For students taking nationally recognised exams as always this year will be in many ways the most important of their lives. As a school we will focus to support every student in achieving the best grade possible, and support them in learning and achieving so that they can continue on their lifelong learning journey to achieve their ambitions and dreams.

For Year 9 2015 is already offering exciting opportunities as over the next 5-6 weeks they choice their options for GCSE study. I am already looking forward to Grease during the first week in February which I am hoping will be sold out on every night from the 4th to the 6th of February.

The school also looks forward to the sporting calendar moving on, and hopefully we can achieve both team and individual success during another packed sporting year.

I have sent a general letter to all parents asking for consideration when speaking to school staff. I appreciate that we do make mistakes but there have been a small but increasing number of abusive and aggresive communications between parents and the school. This letter has been emailed to all parents and is on the website under the letters home page.

2015 is also the 75th anniversary of the opening of Rainford High so we will be looking to remember successes of the past as well as working to celebrate successes of our present students and looking towards the future. I am sure we can all make 2015 a success for all our students and live our ethos of Everyone Matters. Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds.

Yours sincerely
Mr Ian Young

Fixtures & Training CANCELLED!

Tonights Year 9 Boys Basketball Central Venue at Sutton High has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions, as well as the Girls Rugby Union training which is held at school. Both will be rearranged for a future date.


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Parent Governor Vacancies

Dear Parents/ Carers,
Nominations are invited from parents for two Parent Governor vacancies.This is due to the current holders’ terms of office coming to an end. Completed nomination forms should be returned by Friday 30th January 2015. Read more for further details of the process...
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Rainford Christmas Fayre Fun!

Two sheep dressed in red capes and Father Christmas hats, a chicken named Henrietta, a science teacher dressed as a wizard, both male and female students dressed up as Mrs. Claus. No, this isn't a Boxing Day BBC 1 feel good one off television show; this was the Rainford High stall at Rainford village's first Christmas Fayre!
The Fayre ran the length of Church Road, with a variety of stalls ranging from fajita paella to handmade wooden gifts. Over near the Village Larder, the Rainford High stall sat... 
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DofE, Duke of Edinburgh, tends to have award receivers working like a pyramid. Firstly, there’s the Bronze Award, the bottom of the pyramid where many people receive this award in fairly large numbers. Above that is Silver where slightly less achieve the award. However, at the top, the piece de resistance of the award, the Gold Award sees few people pass each year. It’s a rare occasion for people to achieve the Gold Award, and few people of Sixth Form age tend to pass it.

However, in 2014, a staggering 28 students from Rainford High Sixth Form have managed to pass the award. This is a truly outstanding achievement for both them and Rainford High itself....
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Congratulations to former student Lauren who was recently awarded ‘The University of Leicester Arkwright Engineering Scholarship - In recognition of outstanding potential as a future leader in Engineering’ Well done Lauren!

Medical Challenge Day Was Brilliant!

On the 26th November, a group of Year 10 Science students went to a Medical Challenge Day at Knowsley College. Each of us has a particular interest in medicine and potentially wish to go into a future career in the medical profession...
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Another successful donation from Sixth Form Students

Sixth Form students donated selection boxes to Alder Hey Childrens Hospital.
Thank you for all your support, it really does make a difference.

A Very Big Thank You to Rainfords Christmas Tree Land!

Our Christmas Tree is now proudly displayed in the school entrance hall and looks lovely. We would like to say a big thank you to Rainfords Christmas Tree Land who very kindly donated our tree for the second consecutive year.

Rainfords are the only retailer in the North West to offer Home Grown Christmas Trees.They are open weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 9am to 6pm from now until Sunday 21st December. Visit them at Catchdale Moss Lane, Eccleston, St.Helens WA10 5QG or call 01744 885099 or browse

*Rainford High students and staff receive 10% discount on presentation of the Christmas Tree Land advert in the latest edition of High Notes!
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Fantastic Results at Educate Awards! Double Award Winners!

Rainford High are extremely proud to announce the school achieved success in three categories at the Education Awards 2014! 

The PE Department won 'Outstanding commitment to Sport in a Secondary School Award' for the second year running, Mrs Burgess won the 'Teacher of the Year Award',  and the school was runner up in the 'Most Inspirational Secondary School Award' for its work producing the Rainford Summer Festival. 

This a fantastic result for the school, the awards are a very positive recognition of all the excellent hard work and commitment from staff at the school. Congratulations to all!
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Presentation Evening 2014

It was great to see so many of you attending and returning to Rainford High for the Presentation of GCSE and Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Certificates by Frank Gill, Chair of Governors and Denise Hillier BEM. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening that celebrated our young people’s achievements whilst looking forward to their future successes. A special thank you to our Year 10 and Year 11 students for their outstanding musical performances.
A great night was had by all and we wish you every success in the future.
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Rainford High Choir Performing at 'A Silent Night'

On Wednesday December 10th at 6.30pm, Langtree Park, home of the St. Helens R.F.C. will host an evening of musical reflection linked to the anniversary of World War 1 and the Christmas Day Armistice of 1914. The day famously saw troops from both sides of the conflict lay down arms and play football and perform carols. The musical evening will feature performances by a massed choir of local schools and community groups and bands. Visual Artist Rhona Byrne will also create a visual intervention on the evening. Tickets are £3 and are available from Langtree Park or 

Rainford High Choir will be in attendance, please go along and show your support!
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Apprenticeship Fair at St. Bede's CHS

An Apprenticeship Fair is being held at St. Bede's Catholic High School on December 2nd 2014 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Over 20 stands with Colleges and businesses offering advice and information on apprenticeships! Drop in and find out more! Everyone welcome!
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Sixth Form Consultation Evening

Sixth Form Consultation Evening will be held on Wednesday 3rd December 2014

This is an opportunitiy for Parents/Carers to get a deeper understanding to how well their child is performing within Sixth Form.

We hope to see many of you here!

Rainford High The Sixth Form 

Come and enjoy the fun at Rainford's fabulous Christmas Street Fayre

Rainford Christmas Street Fayre is on Saturday 6th December from 11am - 3pm! Something for all the family! Christmas Music, Santa's Grotto, Local Shops and Market Stalls. Mulled Wine, Cakes/ Mince Pies, Delicious Hot Food Stalls including the Big Paella, Craft, Christmas Gifts, Local Brewery, Christmas Decorations, Raffle and Tombola, Balloon Race, Children's Roundabouts and Fun Fair and Donkey Rides....
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Fun Raising Funds for BBC Children in Need Appeal!

Rainford High raised £1114.66 for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Thanks to everyone who supported us and helped raise funds for this amazing cause. A great time was had by all!

Well done everybody!
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Sixth Form Open Evening Success

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in our successful Sixth Form Open Evening! We hope you enjoyed meeting our students and staff and gained an insight into life and learning at Rainford High Sixth Form. In addition, if you would like the opportunity to arrange a guided tour please contact our Director of Sixth Form, Steve Marshall, via telephone 01744 885914 or email [email protected]
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Armistice Day Commemorations

Armistice Day was commemorated at Rainford High on Tuesday 11th November by two minutes silence at 11.00am to join the rest of the country by showing our respect and remembering those who have given their life's in conflicts around the globe over the last 100 years. The act of Remembrance was signalled by the playing of the last post followed by two minutes silences that was closed by the playing of the reveille.

The two minutes silence was led by Olivia and Matthew who are Rainford High cadets, who wore their uniforms to show their respect to the fallen. As Principal I would to thank all the students for showing their respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the values and rights that we enjoy today.
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Sports Round Up November

It has been a busy few weeks on the sporting front before and after the holidays with all the years out in full force representing the school in a wide variety of sports.

Follow the link below to find out our results from the past few weeks


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What am I going to do in the future?

The purpose of the evening is to help students from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 to answer the question ‘What am I going to do in the future?’
The facilities will be arranged so that each organisation attending has a stand. Students and parents will be able to move freely, seeking advice from whichever stand they feel to be appropriate. On offer will be a range of information including employment, training, apprenticeships and education opportunities from the age of 16. It will also include information regarding graduate entry and graduate opportunites. 

I need to know! Free Event

What you and your family need to know about the reforms for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Come to our free event on Wednesday 26th November from 10am - 2pm at The World of Glass (
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Watch Blood Brothers at St Helens Theatre Royal

There are some places left on the Drama Department Trip to see Blood Brothers by Willy Russell at St Helens Theatre Royal on Friday November 21st 2014, an evening performance starting at 7.30pm and tickets cost £26. Any students or staff interested please contact Drama staff or go straight onto Parent Pay.

Trip to see Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers Trip

Poland Trip Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the high cost and unsuitable flight times the Poland Trip is unable to go ahead.

Mr Sanders, Mrs Turton and Mrs Quinn

Sports Round Up

Go to our sports page to find out all the latest sporting results & what has been happening on the Sports front over the last couple of weeks. We have had a busy start to the year with all years representing across a number of sports. 

We have updated our fixtures list so continue to keep look out for fixtures

Follow the link below 

Thanks PE Department

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New Parent Governors

We would like to thank all of the parents who put themselves forward to be parent governor, and all of the parents who took the time to vote. After the ballot last week, we can confirm that the new parent governors are; Mr Paul Hesketh and Ms Fiona Seddon.

Paris Trip Deadline Extended

The deadline for payments / applications for the Year 7 Paris Trip taking place next April 2015, has now been extended until Monday 20th October 2014.
Many thanks.
Mr Sanders

Our new extra curricular programme has started this week, follow the link below to find out what's on at Lunch times and After school.

Also keep checking our noticeboards and website under sports to find out latest fixtures.

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Open Evening Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who attended our very successful open evening on Tuesday 23rd September. It was a huge success and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the near future as students of our school.
Open Evening: Science

Year 8 Rugby Qualify

Congratulations to our Year 8 rugby team who qualified for the national cup last night winning their game, 20 - 10 against Cowley.

Follow the link below to find out more.
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Don't Miss! Year 5 and 6 Open Evening Tuesday 23rd September 2014 from 6pm

On Tuesday 23rd September at 6pm we open our doors to Year 5 and 6 students to experience our fantastic school and what life at Rainford High can offer. Open Evening is an opportunity to meet students and staff and gain an insight into life and learning at Rainford High. Learn more about what we have to offer and start your journey to success with Rainford High.
  • Principals Talk at 6.15pm and 7pm in Auditorium
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Best GCSE Results in the Local Area

Rainford High School is delighted for all the young people who have achieved these fantastic results and that they have been successful in reaping the rewards of their efforts. These results are a testament to the teachers but more importantly the young people’s hard work, talent and commitment. School is all about achieving success and I am pleased that at Rainford we continue to support our young people in achieving their dreams and ambitions...
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Continued A-Level Success!

Once again we are delighted to see an increase in the number of students achieving the best grades in the school this year.This is as always testament to the hard work of students, parents and teachers to work together to achieve these results. I personally would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their contributions to Rainford High and the difference they have made to the school and the community...
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We have had a busy week in the PE Department on the sporting front with pupils representing the school in Cricket competitions & Town Sports.

Follow the link below to find out how we got on. 
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Sixth Form Students Visit Wish Fm

On Wednesday 25th June, some Rainford Sixth Form Students had a fantastic time at Wish FM recording the voice overs for the Rainford Summer Festival Radio Advert.
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Year 13 Leavers Photos are now on our Facebook Page

Please vist our Sixth Form Facebook Page to view this year's Year 13 Leaving Dinner's photos!

Please follow the link below...

Details for Year 12/13 Results Day

Results day this year is held on Thursday 14th August, students will be able to collect thier results as follows:

  • A-level results for Y13 students will be available from 7.00am in the Sixth Form Common Room.
  • AS results for Y12 will be available from 9.00am, also in the Common Room.

Thank You
Rainford High The Sixth Form

Sports Festival Update 2014

Can all students (Y7,Y8,Y9 & Y10) who are participating, need to arrive in their PE kits and bring their uniform to change into afterwards.


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Year 12 Option Blocks Now Available

The Option blocks have now been finalised for Year 11 Students who are thinking about enrolling next year.

Please see the link below: 
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Festival Tickets On Sale NOW!

Advance tickets for the 2014 Rainford Summer Festival are on sale now! Get yours from Rainford High School Reception, local outlets and online. Entry is £2 each with under 5's going free. Thank you to the following local outlets for selling our tickets: Rainford Brooklodge Primary, Rainford Corpus Christi Primary, Rainford Co-Op, Houghtons Newsagents, Billinge Chapel End Primary, Billinge St.Aidans, Billinge Co-Op, Billinge Newsagents, Garswood Primary, Inglenook Farm, Fir Tree Farm, Eccleston Mere Primary and Bleak Hill Primary. Rainford Summer Festival is a fantastic day for all the family on Saturday 12 July from 11am to 7pm - follow us on Facebook and Twitter / RSFestival.
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Festival Line Up Announced!

The Rainford Summer Festival lineup which was announced today and looks to be a real belter! Headlining the Wish FM main stage will be Arcane Bronze, a young up and coming band from Wigan who have a love for distorted guitars and heavy riffs. We are also delighted to welcome back former student Matthew McFegan on lead guitar too! Check out Rainford High's ever popular and well supported rock band Western Circus who will take to the Wish FM stage with a mix of covers and their own stuff. The Leadswingers start the party with a mix of rock music from across the decades to get your feet tapping and into the festival swing... 
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Cooking Show Tickets Available Now!

Sponsored by Warren Aspinall, Director of North West Waste Consultants Ltd, this exciting activity is more than a live cookery show, this is your opportunity to take part, join professional chefs and cook your own meal. You will be provided with everything that you need and guided step by step from start to finish. At the end of the show, you get to take home your own culinary creation. Our chefs will teach ten families or groups in each of five sessions throughout the day in the Can Cook Marquee. Demand for places will be very high so you are advised to book in advance, please read full story.
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Award winning Rainford based brewers George Wright have again joined forces with Rainford Summer Festival to create a special summer themed beer for the event. The Festival Beer, which has a citrus flavour with hints of tropical mango, comes complete with a special ‘sunflower’ label and will be available to buy at the event which takes place on Saturday 12th July from 11-7pm at Rainford High School.
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Rainford Festival Auditions Success

Last week auditions were held to find the best Rainford High performers to be part of Rainford Summer Festival on Saturday 12th July 2014. The Festival boasts two exciting stages, The Wish FM stage and the Rainford Junction Acoustic Garden stage. Both stages will host the best of the school’s talent with performances throughout the day. Many students auditioned for the event and a wide range of excellent talents were on offer including singers, flautists, guitarists, bands, rappers and percussionists.
The special panel of judges was led by Mrs McFadden, Music teacher at Rainford High who said "The quality of performers this year has been brilliant, it's going to be a great day's entertainment!".
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Former Students Embrace Festival!

Successful local business owners are returning to their former High School to support the annual Rainford Summer Festival. Steve Roberts who has built up the thriving 02 franchise in Rainford from scratch, described the event as a “celebration” for the whole village to enjoy. He added “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to support and give something back to the local community and more specifically my former High School. I have many fond memories of Rainford High and am looking forward to seeing lots of old friends on the day”
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Love Food, Hate Waste…Take Action!

Sessions on how to reduce food waste and improve cookery skills will be among activities at this year's Rainford Summer Festival. North West Waste Consultants, based in Rainford village, have teamed up with organisers to offer 'Can Cook Pop Up Studio' sessions. It is part of the company's support of the 'Love Food Hate Waste' campaign which raises awareness of the need to reduce food waste through practical everyday actions. Chefs will teach families how to cook a healthy meal from scratch, share skills and discuss how to reduce food waste.
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A Level Certificates Now Available

A reminder that A-Level Certificates are now available for you to collect from the School Reception. You will be required to show a form of ID.

Thank You,
Rainford High The Sixth Form 


Rainford2gether is proposing to open a community activity centre in the village which will provide for all age groups with soft play for the kids, a media room and games consoles for the teens plus evening entertainment and dining experiences for everyone, and so very much more!!

They would really appreciate it, if people would take their time to complete their online survey

Festival Of Sport

Congratulations to Cameron Mclaughlan in year 9 who won our design a sports festival logo which will now be used for the sports festival in July 2014 and for future events. 

Follow the link below to find information on times and days for each year group. See sports captains to get involved in the festival. 

For any more information ask your PE teachers. 
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Sports News

Next week is a busy week in the sporting calender as we have many year groups out representing the school. Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 are all representing the school at the annual Cowley Rugby League 9s competition, whilst our u13s Girls rounders team are out at the St.Helens competition next Wednesday. 

Please check the fixture list for times & days of each of the events by clicking the link below which will take you to our fixtures page. For any more information please see the PE department. 

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New Rainford High PE Kit

The new Rainford High PE Kit is available for on-line purchase from Monday 2nd June for all current Year 6 pupils who start life at Rainford High in September 2014. our new Year 7 intake students as well as our current students. 

Whilst not yet compulsory for current Year 7-10 students, any student needing to replace any items of PE kit should purchase items from the new kit list.

Follow the link below which will take you to our ordering page where it has all the instructions and different ways to order the new kit. 

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Year 7 Rugby Semi Final v St. Augustines

The year 7 rugby St.Helens cup match v St. Augustines will take place on Wednesday 21st May at St. Augustines. Kick off is likely to be 4:00pm. The pupils who are selected can be picked up from St. Augustines after the game or can be picked up at school at 5:00pm. Training is as normal tomorrow after school where the team will be announced. 

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Primary Mini Tennis Red Tournament

Last week the annual Rainford Mini Tennis Red competition took place with 8 primary schools from around St Helens battling it out to be crowned Yr3/4 tennis champions. 

Follow the link below to find out which school finished victorious. 

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Good Luck

Good Luck to the Year 11 Boys football team who are playing their St.Helens Cup football match tonight at Sutton Academy.

Anybody is welcome to support the team with kick off at 3:30pm.

Good Luck Boys

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Congratulations Amber

Congratulations to Amber Allford in year 12, swam for Everton at the weekend in the North West Regionals. She made the national qualifying time in the 50m breast stroke with a time of 35.6 secs. 

Amber will now swim in the nationals in August in Sheffield. 

Congratulations to Amber

PE Department

More Sporting Success

We had two teams in finals last night, Year 8 Boys football in the St.Helens Cup final & the U13 Girls football team who played in the Merseyside Final.

Follow the link below to find out how the teams got on.

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Summer Extra Curricular Programme

Our new Summer curriculum programme will be starting next Monday. Sports such as Tennis, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics have all been added whilst we have decided to keep the ever popular Football, whilst debuting our new Rugby Tick & Pass night.

Everybody is welcome to come down and join in. Click link below to see what the new timetable looks like.

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Help Phil Lyon Raise Money for MIND

Former Rainford High student Phil Lyon is looking for your support to help him raise money for MIND – The Mental Health Charity. Phil is challenging himself to walk 192 miles in just 11 days Coast to Coast from St.Bede’s to Robin Hood Bay (donate at Year 11 students chatted to him over lunch about his forthcoming personal Challenge, please read his full story...
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The Rainford Sixth Form Champions are a group of students who have a particular interest in pursuing a career either working with children or in an education setting. The program aims to provide them with practical experience of working with primary school children both at Rainford and at different primary schools across the borough. The champions run a number of different activities for children and have worked with children from Year 1 to Year 6. Over the past few months we have been working in partnership with Bleak Hill Primary school. 

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Sixth Form Donate Easter Eggs

Another successful donation of Easter Eggs to Alder Hey Children's Hospital from Sixth Form students. Thanks to all students who donated and thanks to Michelle O'Haire who co-ordinated it.


Year 7 researched Fair Trade as part of the new, innovative ‘Learn to Learn’ curriculum and were then encouraged to purchase a fair trade item and to create a hamper, as part of an ‘Enterprise’ Unit of work, designing wrapping paper, decorating the hamper, using logos, creating and selling raffle tickets and raising money for charity as a consequence.
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Over four days; February 1st & 2nd and March 1st & 2nd, 97 Year 10 students completed a 14 kilometre training walk around Rivington Reservoir as part of their Bronze Award. With the heavy rain earlier in the year, parts of the planned route did resemble a First World War trench, so why on earth would students get up early of a weekend, brave the elements and spend the whole day in the outdoors?
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U13s Girls Football Reach Merseyside Final

Congratulations to the U13s Girls Football who reached the Merseyside Final by beating Calderstones on penalties and will now play Broughton Hall on the 30th April. 
Congratulations & Good Luck Girls!
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Sixth Form Fun Run

On the afternoon of Tuesday 18th March Rainford Sixth Form students took part in a sponsored Fun Run.This has become an annual event in the Sixth Form, giving our students the opportunity to build upon their enrichment activities.The event was in aid of Sport Relief, which so far raised £120, with more sponsorships coming in.

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Indoor Athletics & Girls Rugby Union

Our Year 7 & 8 boys and girls indoor athletics teams travelled to Kirkby High school to take part in the final leg of the Indoor Athletics championships.

Year 7 girls finished 9th out of 14 in a fierce competiton with the Year 7 boys finishing 5th in their competition.

Year 8 boys finished 4th out of 14 and the Year 8 girls were narrowly edged out finishing 2nd and losing out by only 3 points.

All our students were a credit to the school on the day and the effort could not be faulted.

Our U15s girls rugby union team travelled to Broughton Rugby Union club in manchester to take part in their North West finals with the winners of the tournament representing the region at Twickenham. The girls were very unlucky not to book their place in the finals as they were edged out on tries scored by St.Margrets finishing runners up.

This a great achievement by the girls and shows the progress of Girls Rugby in the school throughout all years.

Well Done


Ofsted Inspection Report

As you will be aware the school was inspected between the 27th and 28th February. The full inspection report will be published on the 21st March on the Ofsted website This is the schools second inspection in just over 18 months.

The report shows where the school is on its journey towards being a good school and in the future an outstanding school. The report has no surprises and highlights the many positive improvements that have been made since the last inspection. These include...
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Sports Round Up March

What a busy month it has turned out to be on the Sporting front in March with all years Boys & Girls representing Rainford High in various different sports. We have had representation in Football, Rugby, Rugby Union, Netball, Table Tennis, Badminton & Cricket. 

Follow the link below to find out how we got on and keep checking the fixture list on the website and in and around the PE office for more upcoming fixtures before easter. 

We also have exciting news on new kits & our brand new PE kit which will be launched in September.

Congratulations and a massive Well Done to the students in representing our school with some great performances. 

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Inter House Competition 2014

Our Inter House competition kicks off with Year 7 & 9 on Monday 17th March and Year 8 & 10 on Thursday 20th March. The boys will be competing in a Football tournament whilst the girls will be competing in an all action dodgeball tournament in the Sportshall.


Please see Captains if you would like to get involved and follow the link below for the rest of the details.

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I Will Treasure It Forever!

In December Rainford High took ten Year 7 students to Corpus Christi Pensioners Club to deliver Christmas Hampers that the whole of Year 7 had helped make.

The ladies were amazed at the quality of the hampers and you could see they felt very emotional. One lady commented; “What lovely students you have! whilst another said “They must have worked very hard to provide such lovely hampers”
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Balloon Release in Memory of Tom

Fellow Year 11 Students of Rainford High Technology College organised and released 250 balloons in memory of Tom Cowley. Tom was a much loved student of the school and sadly passed away shortly before Christmas.

Personal messages and tributes to Tom were tied on to each balloon. The whole year group gathered in the school courtyard to pay their final respects and goodbyes before the balloons were released.
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Year 9 Support Shelterbox

When disaster hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 with the arrival of Super Typhoon Haiyan at 195 miles per hour, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall, the Year 9 students from Rainford High Technology College, together with their Form Tutors, felt compelled to help, embracing the school ethos of ‘Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps, Everyone Succeeds’. 13 million people were affected in the area; 2 million were left homeless just before Christmas and in some areas 90% of the housing was destroyed...
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Sports Round Up

Year 7 & 8 Boys and Girls Indoor Athletics team went to Sutton High to take part in the first round of the Indoor Championships. The Year 7 Girls team finished 1st with the boys finishing 2nd in their competition meaning they won their tournament overall and now progress to the next stage.

The Year 8 girls team finished 1st in their tournament and the boys finished 2nd in their competition meaning Rainford won the competition for year 8 overall.

Girls cricket was out on Tuesday taking part at the indoor cricket competition held at Robin Park Wigan. U13s girls finished 3rd in the competition and the U15s was unlucky and finished 2nd.

Merseyside badminton tournament started with the KS3 & KS4 Girls which was held at Kingsway Leisure Centre,Widnes. The KS3 girls finished 3rd and the KS4 girls finished 2nd in the Merseyside Competition.

Congratulations all who represented us, Rainford.


These are the days of our lives!

Our School Production this year really rocked!

Students from Years 7 to 13 made us all proud to work with young people when they performed the Queen Musical ‘Schools We Will Rock You’ recently in the Arts Theatre and they received tremendous praise for their work ‘on’ stage and ‘behind the scenes’. They even got the chance to ride on a Harley Davidson Motorbike! Just watch out though because there are two killer Queens on the loose somewhere around school.....
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Year 11 Revision

Year 11 GCSE Pe & BTEC Sport Grade Booster Sessions are on Monday's from 3:15pm - 4:30pm.

See PE Department for further details.

Year 11 Sports Leaders

Our highly regarded Year 11 Sports Leader students were invited to help run the St.Helens Primary School Highland Games which was held at Lansbury Bridge School. The group of Sports Leaders have ran many successful events locally in Rainford with our feeder schools and on a much bigger scale for schools across St.Helens.

The group didn't disappoint again showing why they are highly regarded by both the PE Department and our St.Helens Competition Managers. The group had glowing reviews at the end of the event from both parents of the children taking part and Damien Keegan (St.Helens Competiton Manager) on how well they were presented and how confident and understanding they were to the children taking part.

Congratulations to this small group of Leaders; Jessica Eddies, Lewis Morgan, Rebecca Roberts, Meghan Westerside, Kira Williams, Sophie Mcwilliam, Georgina Hemmingway and Georgina Dobson on making the games a huge success.



Merseyside Cross Country Competition

Congratulations to Rosie Johnson in Year 11 who was crowned Merseysde Schools Cross Country Champion at Sefton Park posting a time of 12 minutes 52 seconds in her 3.5km race.

Congratulations also goes out to Alexandra Barnsley & Megan Barnsley on their placings 16th & 17th in their 3K race posting respectable times of 12:34 & 12:35.

Adam Woosey also took part at Sefton Park finishing 14th in his 6k race on the same weekend.

Congratulations to all.


Year 8 Girl's Netball

Congratulations to the Year 8 girls who had a clean sweep of victories at the St.Helens Netball Central Venue on Wednesday night.

This continues our good run in the St.Helens competition with the vast majority of our years winning and progressing to the final.

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Sports Round Up 17.1.14

2014 started with a bang on the sporting front, with two of our teams dominanting the St.Helens tournaments this week.

Congratulations to the teams who represented us this week, this part of the year is when the Sporting teams are at their buisest as the Winter sporting calender comes to it's peak.

Keep checking the notice boards around the Pe Department and on our sports page for updates of up coming fixtures. All Clubs at dinner and after school are back up and running after the christmas break so lets make a good push for silverware in 2014.

Follow link below to see who did what this week.

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SAVE THE DATE! Rainford Summer Festival - Saturday 12th July 2014

Rainford Summer Festival enjoyed unprecedented success in 2013 with crowds of over 3,000 people enjoying fun in the sun! To enquire about opportunities to exhibit, perform, support or get involved with the festival please contact the Festival Team 01744 885914 or email [email protected]

Important Information


Pupils will have brought home their half term report. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact the Form Tutor or Progress Leader.

Adverse Weather

The school will make every effort to remain open in the event of adverse weather. Revised guidelines for parents and carers will be sent in January.

Proudly Presenting Schools 'We Will Rock You': Get Your Tickets Now!

Rainford High is proud to present 'Schools We Will Rock You' production, performing over three evenings at 7.30pm in the School Auditorium:
  • Wednesday 22nd January
  • Thursday 23rd January
  • Friday 24th January
Tickets are selling fast so hurry and get yours from School Reception NOW!
£5 Adults
£4 Concessions.

Rainford Students Discuss Multiculturalism Fix

Students from Rainford High joined up with national charity Fixers which supports 16-25 year olds in their quest to address issues they care about, are promoting diversity in their community and want to show the benefits of embracing different cultures. The important campaign was featured on television programme ITV Granada Reports on Thursday 9th January and you can watch it on the fixers website below.
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Thank you for all the great charity work this term!

Rainford High have been very busy this year supporting many various charities such as Children in Need, Oxfam Philippines Appeal, Shelterbox for the Philippines Appeal, Christmas Shoe Boxes, Delivering Hampers to the Elderly, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research, Great Ormond St.Hospital, Alder Hey Hospital, St.Vincents School for the visually impaired, Water Aid and St.Helens Tunza’s Pride.

Students from all Year groups have organised and taken part in many fundraising activities for example baking cakes, making shoe boxes, wearing own clothes days, Rainfords Got Talent competition, making products, making sweet bags, coffee morning, dance off, made hampers, singing and playing at Rainford Christmas Tree Festival and sponsored silences.

We are so proud of what the school has achieved so far this term by working together and continuing the good work around its ethos Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds.

Well done to everyone involved, this term we have raised £5000 and counting!

We look forward to building on our achievements and hope to raise lots more in the New Year!

Ian Young

Sports Leaders

Congratulations to our 38 Year 11 students who successfully passed the Level 1 Sports Leaders Course they undertook in Year 10 as part of their Key Stage 4 Core Pe options Programme.

The programme aims to develop communication and organistation skills that allow students to plan, lead and evaluate safe and effective sports sessions for young people in their local community.

Many of the successful candidates were instrumental in the organisation and officating of St.Helens Primary Schools Netball Tournament last summer and received glowing feedback from local schools and area School's Games Competition Managers.

Most of the successful candidates have chosen to further their leadership training and experiance in Year 11 Core Curriculum, along with others who are studying their Level 1 award in Year 11 and have accompanied Mr.Allen in primary school link work across our feeder schools.

Successful candidates are pictured below (minus some students who could not be present for the photo) proudly displaying their certificates. They will also receive a gold Sports Leaders badge to wear  on their blazers.

Well Done to you all and we hope that you go on to further your experiences within the school and the local community.

The Pe Department.
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Tom will be missed by everyone

It is with regret that I have to deliver the sad news that Tom Cowley in Year 11 has sadly passed away on the morning of Thursday 12th December at home. Tom was a popular and well liked Year 11 student who’s lovely smile will be greatly missed by all at Rainford High Technology College.

Year 11 had a special memorial assembly to pay thanks for and celebrate Tom’s life. He was a warm and gentle young man who always persevered and would not let his illness stop him from doing his best and achieving his goals. His determination and spirit to carry on was beautifully put into words by his three good friends Dylan, Ethan and Liam who spoke with such strength and dignity during the assembly. In the coming weeks we will be collecting for Cancer Research, a charity close to Tom’s heart.

May I take this further opportunity to send our love and support to Tom’s family at this sad time.

Ms Claire Fawley
Year 11 Senior Progress Leader
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Rainford Sixth From is Committed to Supporting St.Vincent's

“We are outward looking in our approach to the wider educational and social community and we encourage all our young people to become independent and to integrate fully into society.”

St.Vincent’s school is a charity-run school dedicated to educating and helping children who live with sensory Impairment. The school does a fantastic job in helping care and prepare their students for their later lives; the school provides them with the best possible start for their future. The school is a credit to the local area and we, students at Rainford Sixth Form, thought we could contribute to its success by fundraising and supporting the work it does.
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Outstanding Commitment to Sport Educate Awards 2013 Winner!

Rainford High is extremely proud to have achieved success at The Educate Awards 2013 for schools across the whole of Merseyside. The school won the award for “Outstanding Commitment to Sport by a Secondary School” as well as being judged Runner Up in the category “Most Inspirational Secondary School” for our work with the Summer Festival last year.

Prinicpal Ian Young said “We are surprised and delighted with our success in the Educate Awards. Being judged the winner in the award for Oustanding Commitment to Sport is a reflection on the hardwork and talent of the students at the school but also the support and dedication of the teaching and support staff who work with the young people and facilitate their entry into a whole range of sporting activities. We are immensely proud of their success.
“As Runner Up in the Most Inspirational Secondary School Award we are delighted that our innovative approach to showcasing our school and its students within the community was so well received by the judges. We will be building on this success to move the school towards outstanding and further success in the future.”
Educate Awards 2013

Wednesday Sport Round Up

Follow the link below to find out what has been happening on the Rainford's sporting front this week & updates for over the next few weeks. 

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Year 8 Basketball

The Year 8 Basketball team won their first match of the season v De La Salle 34 - 4. The performance showed improvements in both offensive and defensive areas of the game and gives the team confidence leading into the next Central Venue competition after christmas. Well Done to all the squad: 

James Bishop / Callum Woods / Jake Kinrade / Ben Hemingway / Ellis Taylor / John Tyson / Matthew Chan / Reiss Smith 


Congratulations to Chloe Fairclough in year 9 who has been selected to play for Merseyside girls u14 in a series of cross county fixtures. This is a fantastic achievement for Chloe to be recognised for all her hard work and effort as well as her fantastic footballing ability. 

Congratulations Chloe 

PE Department 

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Rainford Get Their Spots On!

On Friday 15th November, students and staff of Rainford High Technology College raised a grand total of £1502.81 for Children in Need. The annual appeal saw the whole school having fun and joining in with various fundraising activities.
The school held a popular 'Wear Something Spotty' non uniform day, Year 7 student Eleanor held a cake sale and Hannah , a sixth form student organised a lunchtime 'Dance Off' called 'Dance Your Spots Off' which reflected the Children in Need theme this year. The dance off was an open invitation and saw both students and staff come together to take part in dancing to some old classic tunes like YMCA, Hey Macarena as well as more recent ones  such as Gangnam Style, Cha Cha Slide etc.
A great time was had by all and we are extremely proud to support this amazing cause and help raise funds for disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. Well done everybody!

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Mock Examination Timetable 2013

Year 11 Mock Examinations take place from 25th November - 19th December.

All students are expected to prepare for their examinations by, revising thoroughly, knowing their exam timetable, checking they have the correct equipment and adopting a focused approach.

We wish you every success and good luck!

Revision techniques and Year 11 Mock Examination timetable are also available to view and download...

Sporting Week in 1 Minute

Follow the link below to catch up with what has been happening this week on the sporting front for Rainford. We've had a mix bag of a week with some very good highlights in between. 
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Wednesday Sport Round Up

It's been an action packed week so far on the sporting front at Rainford as teams from different years have been out and represented the school in all different sports. 

Find out what teams got up to what this week by following this link for all the information.

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Sixth Form Open Evening 2013

Come along and experience Rainford High THE SIXTH FORM at our Open Evening on Thursday 14th November.

Please arrive from 6pm and don't miss Principal Ian Young's talk at 6.15pm, 6.45pm and 7.15pm

Look forward to seeing you there, it's sure to be a great evening!

Rainford's Readathon success

A big thank you to all students who participated in Readathon 2013!

You raised a fantastic £802.32 for charity! Special thanks to current Year 8 students who dressed up as literary characters: you looked great!

Your excellent participation in this annual event demonstrates 'everyone helps' and 'everyone matters'.

The English Department

Christmas Cracker Evening on Hold

Unfortunately due to the wide range of other community events taking place locally, we have taken the decision to place our ‘Christmas Cracker’ evening on hold this year. We look forward to seeing you at our exciting production of ‘We Will Rock You’ in January and hope you have fun at our next Summer Festival in July!

Year 7 Rugby Team

The Year 7 Rugby Team competed in the Merseyside Emerging Schools Rugby Union Festival on the 31st October at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning and finished undefeated, in a more than creditable joint 2nd place overall.
They finished second in their first round of matches beating SFX (Liverpool) and Knowsley Park, following draws against Deyes High (Maghull) and St. John Plessington (Wirral). They then went on to beat West Derby High (Liverpool) in the next round to finish in joint 2nd place in the overall competition.
The boys competed admirably in difficult conditions and showed real potential for future Rugby Union development and success. All the boys were deserved of great recognition. However, special mention has to go to Tom Preston and Sam Burrows for their skill, determination and leadership qualities that inspired the others to compete so well.
Well done to all!

Year 9 St.Helens 7 a side champions

Congratulations to the Year 9 football team on winning the St.Helens 7 a side central venue last night. The tournament took place at Hope Academy were the lads faced schools such as Rainhill, Cowley, De La Salle and Sutton.
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Sports Round up 10.10.13

Roundup of this week's sporting results. 

Year 9 Boys football played St.Edmund Arrowsmith and won 4 - 0. James Cawley scored 2 along with Joe Westerside and Jack Gibney scoring 1 each. 

Our Girl's netball teams travelled to De La Salle in a central venue fixture in which the girls won 3 of 5 matches. Year 7 a & b both won 3 - 1 and 14 - 0, year 8 won 22 - 2. Year 9 & 10 was unlucky and lost their fixtures. 

Our Girls football team won their first football outing of the year aswell beating Our Lady's 3 - 2 in a friendly.

Year 7 football team won their fixture v St.Cuthberts winning 6 - 1. 

KS4 badminton played birkdale in a friendly and lost 16 - 8 on matches. 

Well done to everyone involved.  

PE Department


Topaz Embroidery has team up with the PE department

Rainford High PE department have teamed up with Topaz Embroidery to beat the winter days that are ahead of us in outdoor PE. The team have designed a new hoody including the new school badge & pupils are able to put their own initials on the hoody for a bargain price of £20!!!

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Rainford proudly receives 5* Rating

We are extremely pleased with the 5* rating we have received in The Liverpool Echo School Ratings Guide 2013. As a parent or prospective parent, the guide provides you with invaluable support by looking at school admissions locally, focusing on teacher-pupil ratios, exam results, teacher numbers and more - all vital information to help you with school applications and your child's future and beyond. Browse the full ratings:

If you would like to see for yourself what Rainford High has to offer, take one of our exciting 'See us in Action Tours' available during any school day to help you acquire a real feel for life at our school. To book a tour please phone 01744 885914 or email [email protected]
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Get your New School Badge on ! !

Last week every student received a new blazer badge of the new school logo. It is brilliant to see so many of the new badges appearing on blazers already. The new badge clearly represents the ethos of the school of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds. 

The logo of a shield with four quadrants represents the qualities we stand for as a school. The wheatsheaf represents reaping the success of your hard work. The book represents learning. The R stands for Rainford and the fleur de lis represents the idea of togetherness and everyone matters.

Our new school logo is building on our ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds. The logo shows a balance between traditional values such as honesty, respect and hard work; playing a key role in being successful in the modern world.

So join with everyone in getting your new school badge on. 
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Extra Places Available in our Brand New School Building

Our brand new school building and excellent facilities are now fully open and available to cater for an even higher number of pupils. Rainford High can now boast of having the finest state-of-the-art facilities in the region, giving a safe and enjoyable learning experience. The new building is entirely complete and built to teach even more pupils in its wonderful spacious environment. New facilities include an immersive multi-media space, 21st Century learning plazas, a high tech performance auditorium and studio, activity suites and floodlit outdoor sports areas.

Year 7 Boys Football

Year 7 played their first game in a friendly against Hope Academy. The game finished 1 - 1 in an end to end game where both teams had chances to win. Rainford's goal came from the penalty spot in which Tom Preston stepped up and placed it into the bottom corner. 

Sports News

The Year 8 boys rugby team continued their good form from last year as they beat Cowley 20 - 10 in National qualifier and have now been entered into the hat for the upcoming draw. Tries from Josh Simm & a powerful performance from Alex Bailey who scored a hat - trick in a good all round team performance.

The Girls Netball Teams kicked off their new campaign in a home central venue against Rainhill. We nearly had a clean sweep of victories with 7b winning 5-1, Year 8 winning 6 - 0, and Year 10 winning 10 - 5. The year Y7 A team played out a close encounter drawing 1 - 1 & Year 9 were unlucky losing 9 - 1. Well Done girls.

Year 7 Boys Football Trials / All Years Girls Football

Year 7 Boys football trials take place on Monday 9th September on the astro turf. Students should go straight to the outdoor changing rooms after period 6. Boys need to bring full outdoor Pe kit, shinpads (optional). Please note only trainers or astro trainers are allowed. 

Girls Football will be taking place on Mondays straight after school on the grass. You will need full outdoor kit with shinpads and football boots. Meet at the 6th form changing rooms. 

Extra Curricular Programme: Winter 2013

WE ARE BACK!!!! After a successful team year last year on the sporting front, we head into 2013 with optimism that we can repeat our trophy haul and even better it. You can find the new extra curricular programme dotted around the P.E. Department and on our sports page under Extra Curricular. Everybody has a opportunity to engage in a wide range of sports. We hope to see you there.
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GCSE Results - Best Results in the Local Area

The school is delighted for all the young people who have achieved these fantastic results and that they have been successful in reaping the rewards of their efforts.
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Every student secures place for the next stage of their Learning Journey

Once again students at Rainford High have performed well in their A levels and with the support of the school they have been able to move on to the next part of their journey. Every student has got a place for further study or training next year.
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New School Fully Open

As the final landscaping activity adds the finishing touches to our stunning new build, we are looking forward to officially opening our brand new school at our Summer Festival on Saturday 13th July.
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Unparalleled Sporting Success

2012/13 has been our most successful sporting year EVER here at Rainford. Superb teams and outstanding individuals from almost every year group, covering almost every sport have run, jumped and kicked their way to the top.

Festival Draws Record Crowds!

Rainford's first ever Summer Festival was a real scorcher - with thousands of people enjoying fun in the sun!
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