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Dear Parents / Carers
 
I would like to thank you all for your support and your sons and daughters hard work over the course of this year. There have been many fantastic achievements across the whole school. Sporting success has continued with trophies won and representative honours gained and it has been fantastic to see this strength of the school continue to grow but it has been on the Arts front where many of the most memorable events of the year have taken place with a superb production of Billy Elliot, The inspirational work by students and staff during the residency of Artist in Residence Mark Storror. The school has also been very successful in the world of STEM with the success of our Y10 team having won national recognition in the Unilever challenge to get children to wash their hands in order to reduce child mortality. Alongside these events the school has worked with the Everyman theatre held literacy days, A Christmas Fair, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and many visits and enriched opportunities for students to be involved with. It has been a very busy and successful year so for all your help and support thank you.

As a school in September we will be focusing on improving our students readiness for life and work with an improved approached to careers and life aspiration. Some of the key issue we would ask for support on is the student’s consistent use of good manners and politeness when speaking to all adults within the school. Their levels of courtesy and good manners should be the same with site staff and kitchen staff as they are with support staff, teachers, visitors or myself any lack of respect or courtesy is not acceptable and we will not allow our students to pick and choose when they use their good manners as we all know that good manners cost nothing.

As we look forward to the next academic year in September as a school we have decided to make some changes to our day to day systems to improve the smooth running and efficiency of the school as we continue to grow in both size and ambition. As of September Progress Leaders and Form Tutors will have new titles of Learning Leaders and Learning Tutors. Having considered their roles we have evaluated that their main focus is supporting students to learn and that the re focusing of the roles will improve students understanding and focus in school.

Alongside this is a request around haircuts with a number of boys in Year 8, 9 and 10 having a long ‘flickable’ fringe that covers their eyes and face. This hair cut is not appropriate as it hampers communication and would not be acceptable in the work place therefore from September we will be asking students who have this haircut to clip their hair back during the school day to ensure a positive working environment. We would also remind students and parents that hair can only be dyed a natural colour so blue, purple and pink rinses are not acceptable.

This year to improve communication there will be a weekly email to all parents letting you know what is planned in the school each week. We hope this will develop into an effective and interesting update on school life. If parents have changed email addresses or not given them to the school, please can you do so by contacting the school administration team during the summer holiday.

We are also aware that parents will be buying uniform in the coming weeks so can I remind parents we expect students to be in sensible black school shoes in a leather material with no canvas shoes or trainers of any kind being acceptable. The young people will try to persuade you to push the boundaries please don’t be swayed examples of acceptable shoe styles are on the school website.
 
Uniform is good at the school but too many girls are wearing make up in excess, for clarity, nail varnish, excessive orange foundation and acrylic nails are not acceptable. Students are also not following the jewellery policy of one set of plain gold or silver stud earrings, no other piercings are permitted and no other jewellery other than a watch is acceptable. Repeated failings to meet the uniform standards will lead to a meeting with Learning Leaders and Senior Staff for parents and students.

As a school we appreciate the need for mobile phones and the potential they have for learning but they can also be disruptive and discourage one to one interaction. It is for this reason we are asking students to have mobile phones turned off throughout the school day from 8.45am until 3.15pm from September 2017. If a mobile is out and in use during the school day without permission it will be confiscated and returned to the student at the school office at the end of the day.

I would like to wish you all a happy and restful summer and for those of our students who will receive examination results we all hope they are what you would have hoped for. We look forward to welcoming all our students back to school at the normal time on the 6th September 2017.

Yours faithfully
 
 
Ian Young
Principal

Spanish Spelling Bee Results

On Friday 14th July, there was a real hive of activity and a buzz about the MFL department as our fabulous Year 7 and 8 Spanish students took part in a Spanish Spelling Bee and the Spanish Spelling Bee Bake off.

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780 Bus for 6th September 2017

Service 780 Rainford High - Higher Lane 

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Year 11 Leavers Dates

Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
I am writing to you to inform you that the Year 11 Leavers’ Day will be on Wednesday 21st June. In order to prepare the students for these exams, we have planned a two-week exam preparation programme for students to follow after May half-term
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Follow the link below to find out all our latest news since christmas in our Sports News page. Been some fantastic efforts and achievements over the last few weeks with our sports teams progressing through town, regional and national competitions.

Be aware to keep checking our fixtures page and fixture board for week by week additions. 

Thanks PE
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IMPORTANT NEWS

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s)
 
Important Notice - 780 Bus Service
 
Concerns have been raised that some students who are travelling on the 780 bus are choosing to stand during the journey.  Adequate seating with seatbelts is available for all students so there is no need for anyone to stand.
 
As a matter of safety, please can you reinforce to your son/daughter that they take a seat and use the seatbelts provided.  Anyone who chooses to stand whilst travelling on the bus does so at their own risk.
 
Thank you for your support in this matter.
 
Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Young
Principal

Iceland STEM Group

This February half-term our Senior Science Technician had an exciting opportunity to work with science educators from all over the UK on an expedition in Iceland.
The purpose of the visit was to enhance subject interest and knowledge of contemporary science in real life contexts, increase knowledge of locations to facilitate learning outside the classroom, to develop awareness of careers in STEM subjects and consider how to improve students’ knowledge of STEM progression routes.

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1000 ‘s Easter Egg Challenge

•We have set ourselves the challenge of collecting 1000 Easter Eggs

•For this challenge to be successful we are making it a whole school charity project.
 
•In the next couple of weeks will be going into Lower school/Sixth forms assemblies, setting students the challenge to bring in an Easter Egg to support local charities.
 
•We have organised Pshee PowerPoints to inform students of the local charities and the work they do in our local community.
 
•We will also be running Easter egg hunts to bring further awareness to our Challenge.

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Academy Update

Dear All

The school continues to move towards academy status, with the Governors having decided to continue the process following the open consultation. The data of conversion to academy is still uncertain due to the complexities of the legal work surrounding the PFI contract but hopefully this will be resolved in the near future. When there is any further relevant information all parties will be informed.
 
Regards
 
Ian Young
Principal

KS3 Rainford High English Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
Welcome to our first newsletter of this academic term! As always it has been a particularly busy time of year with lots to celebrate and be proud of. Our Year 7s have settled into life at Rainford brilliantly and we hope they have enjoyed their first term with us.


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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. 

Thanks PE

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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

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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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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.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR FULL INFORMATION
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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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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD - LARGEST READING LESSON!

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. 

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.
 
Regards
 
Ian Young
Principal 
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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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.