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Headteacher's Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Ruskin, a vibrant Academy with a unique energy, ethos, passion and pride for our school community.

At Ruskin, we are committed to our vision to ensure that our students have the best possible life chances and strive to ensure they have the tools to become true citizens of the world. We are very much a values driven academy; of course we aim to secure outstanding outcomes for our students, but as an Ofsted outstanding academy that constantly considers how to develop the holistic child, we also want our students to become:

  • Deeply cultured individuals

  • Intellectually curious and innovative

  • Show generosity of spirit in our local and global community

  • Develop courage, resilience and leadership skills

  • Have a sense of awe and wonder and passion for what life has to offer

These values and goals permeate everyday life at Ruskin; they are rewarded through our Ruskin Respects scheme and form a thread throughout our curriculum. Our values are manifest in the absolute commitment of our staff who are deeply ambitious for our students; a “Ruskin Teacher” knows their subject, knows their students and knows how to inspire.

We have an extensive pastoral system in the Academy. We have unapologetically high expectations of behaviour, uniform and engagement, but this goes hand in hand with kindness, compassion, mutual respect and a fostered sense of our Ruskin family.

We are incredibly proud of our curriculum; in the early years of the academy students will study the foundation subjects of the national curriculum and have access to a superlative extra-curricular provision, including a plethora of sports, cultural visits and later, DofE and CCF opportunities. This extensive co-curriculum of academic and enrichment opportunities has been developed into our baccalaureate, which recognises and promotes academic achievement and effort in conjunction with our wider values at each stage of our students’ journey with us.

As students progress into studying in the upper school, we have developed a rich, modern and broad offer of options that sits alongside our traditional core of subjects. Each student, from whatever their start point, has every opportunity to find, develop and be inspired by their educational journey.

In short, a Ruskin student has fantastic opportunities both within and beyond the classroom. They are supported by dedicated and talented staff. They are given the opportunity to flourish in a well –resourced and creative environment. A Ruskin student is proud of their Academy and the contribution they make to it.

I would encourage you to visit the Academy in order to experience the unique enthusiasm at Ruskin; we value our shared ethos and work with committed enthusiasm to achieve our collective goals.

Ms R Wyles