Rushden Academy
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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy is an Academy school in Rushden, Northamptonshire, which was founded in 1977. The school was formerly the Chichele College for Girls until 1991 when it was amalgamated to become The Rushden School, rebranding as the Rushden Community College in 2005 and as Rushden Academy in 2014.[1] There were 784 students in Years 7 to 13 on roll in the 2018-2019 college year, including the Sixth Form which is shared with two other local schools.[2]


Rushden Community College

The school was found to be inadequate by Ofsted during their last visit in July 2016 and was placed in special measures.[3]

Percentage of students achieving 5+ GCSEs including Maths and English

Progress 8 score

  • 2016: -0.82 [7]
  • 2017: -0.78 [8]
  • 2018: -0.24 [9]
  • 2019: -0.38 [2]

Feeder Schools

The College gains over 95% of its Year 7 students from six local feeder schools.

  • South Rushden: Whitefriars Primary School and South End Junior School
  • North Rushden: Denfield Park Primary School
  • Central Rushden: Alfred Street Junior School
  • West Rushden: Newton Road School
  • Higham Ferrers: Higham Ferrers Junior School

Sixth form provision

The college's sixth form is part of the East Northamptonshire College with two other local schools (Huxlow Science College and The Ferrers School).

Academy Status

On 1 December 2012 the Rushden Community College became an academy with sponsorship through The Education Fellowship Trust based in Northamptonshire, with partners including John Lewis and Waitrose.[10] In 2015 the Trust was told by the Department of Education that it must urgently improve students' achievement.[11] In March 2017 The Education Fellowship gave up all 12 of its schools after financial problems and concerns regarding poor outcomes for pupils.[12] On 1 May 2018 the Academy came under the control of the Tove Learning Trust.[2]


  1. ^ Weaver, Stephanie (20 September 2014). "New name for Rushden school as part of improvement plan". Northants Telegraph. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Rushden Academy". Performance Tables 2019. Department for Education. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Rushden Academy Ofsted report July 2016" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Rushden Community College (Academy)". Performance Tables 2013. Department for Education. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Rushden Community College". Performance Tables 2014. Department for Education. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Rushden Academy on Performance Tables 2015". Department of Education. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Rushden Academy data 2016". Schools data. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Rushden Academy data 2017". Schools data. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Rushden Academy data 2018". Schools data. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Our Schools". The Education Fellowship. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Trust told it must improve". Northants Telegraph.
  12. ^ "Education Fellowship trust gives up all 12 schools over poor performance". Schoolsweek. Retrieved 2017.

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