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Rushmoor School - It's an education

In the UK approximately 7% of school children attend an independent school. It is important to all parents to give their children opportunities to develop and some believe that an independent education is the right choice for their child.

This belief may be based on the understanding that independent schools inculcate values such as discipline, self-reliance and competition. They do not just concentrate on the best place in Government ‘league tables’, but care about the individual needs of each child, understanding that sport, enrichment activities, moral values and standards are vitally important to a fulfilling life.

Teachers at small independent schools also have the luxury of truly knowing their pupils. Many children join at nursery level and fulfil their whole education at the same school. This helps the child as the benefit of accurate assessment knowledge ensures the best progression results each year, with any weak areas targeted quickly.

We appreciate the importance you attach to selecting the best school for your son or daughter; childhood is something which can be experienced only once. With this in mind, and the belief that children learn best when they feel happy and secure, we aim to develop in our pupils a lifelong interest in learning, one which encompasses the full range of intellectual, cultural, artistic and sporting achievements of our society.

Pupils joining Rushmoor enter a small, friendly environment where individuals really do matter. There are small class sizes and classroom support is a key strength. Rushmoor has unique qualities and there is no other school in Bedfordshire like it. I would strongly urge you to visit us to witness day to day school life to see for yourself what an ideal environment the school offers in which to learn, develop and grow.

We believe in individual care and attention and we encourage a friendly, positive attitude in our pupils as well as an energetic sense of purpose. The staff realise the importance of effort and personal discipline in enabling pupils to achieve their highest academic standards.

I am very proud to be the Principal of a school that has received high praise in its most recent inspection report, with the majority of areas judged to be excellent. A school with a strong reputation and long history in Bedford and a school where staff will go that extra step to ensure they are there to support pupils and their parents.

We take pride in the fact that Rushmoor is different from other schools, on visiting us you will see the ethos sets us apart. We have a family orientated learning environment that genuinely cares and focuses on each child's individual learning path. Fees are lower than you might expect, and our philosophy is we believe a good education is the right of all, therefore, there are no entrance exams.  

The confusion around exam grades during the COVID-19 Pandemic led to a significant amount of anxiety for children across the UK; however, we were impressed by the attitude of our extremely hard working Year 11 cohort.  The grades they received reflects the progress they had made up until the beginning of the Covid lockdown.

We implemented a professional and responsible assessment system to ensure the grades are a true reflection of ability levels and we are once again pleased with our GCSE results in 2020 where 98% were awarded at grade 4-9.  Highlights include:

  • Olivier Gaillard adds 5 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and a grade 7 to his grade 9s achieved for Maths and Further Maths and A* for AS level Maths in Year 10. In addition to his GCSE results Olivier has also achieved an A* for A level Maths this year which is a stunning accomplishment
  • Luke Barton achieved 5 grade 9s and 5 grade 8s
  • Jamie Burke’s grades include 1 grade 9
  • Murray Gates results include 2 grade 9s and 5 grade 8s
  • Head Boy, Oscar Smith, results include 3 grade 8s
  • Navrak Waraich’s results include 4 grade 8s

I am delighted that many of our students will be continuing their education in our vibrant and supportive Sixth Form.

In what was an unprecedented year for education, we were also delighted to announce an incredible set of A Level and Cambridge Technical results. 73% of all grades awarded were at A*-B.  100% passed at A* to E.  These grades really do demonstrate that the nurturing environment and ethos of hard work in our Sixth Form is incredibly beneficial for pupils and, ultimately, leads to a great deal of success.

We are incredibly proud of every single one of our sixth form pupils and what they have achieved but, as always, there are some very notable high achievers including:

  • Leon Smith - 3 A*s and 1 A
  • Eve Enwright - 3 A*s
  • Alex Brown – 1 A*, 2 As and 1 B
  • Muhammad  Abidi – 2 As and 1 B
  • Max Cooper-Kilroy – 2 As and 1 B
  • Gracie-Mae White – 1 A* and 2 Bs

This was also the first year of Cambridge Technical results for our Sixth Form and these have also been incredibly successful. All students entered sat the Extended Diploma in Business, which is equivalent to three A level subjects, and all pupils recorded high passes, with many at distinction * level.

Our A level and GCSE results are especially pleasing as we are a non-selective independent school. 

As Principal my aim is to ensure that each child has reached their potential when they move on from Rushmoor and also to instil high moral standards in the pupils to allow them to become well-rounded individuals.

Please contact Mrs Philippa Abruzzese to arrange a personal visit with me. I look forward to meeting you. 

Ian Daniel, BA, NPQH


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