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Three Rivers Academy – The New Name for Rydens Enterprise School

Three Rivers Academy
The New Name for Rydens Enterprise School

New school, new name

As most of you know by now, on September the 1st 2016 Rydens Enterprise School joined The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT).

The school was inspected by Ofsted just a matter of weeks after Anne-Louise Payne took over as Head and the lead inspector noted:  “Current senior leaders, in conjunction with THPT, have already brought about rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement in KS4.  They have demonstrated their capacity to improve the school.”

You will also no doubt be very aware of the ongoing redevelopment of the school which aims to provide state of the art facilities that include a full range of specialist classrooms for science and technology subjects, distributed ICT provision, a large library with dedicated quiet study areas, a dance studio, drama and theatre spaces, a six court sports hall, fitness suite, a full size 3G Astroturf pitch and much, much more.

They have also just announced the following ‘important and exciting’ news regarding a new name for Rydens Enterprise School!

In a letter sent to parents (as published on the RES website) the Head of School, Anne-Louise Payne, said:

“Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to inform you of some exciting news about the future for RES as we are moving into a phase where work on the completion of the new school build is gathering pace. As mentioned in the April newsletter, we have been discussing the best way to re-brand the school moving forward, whilst retaining and building on the key areas of strength as we plan to move into the new school building. Students have been informed of the changes in tutorial time today and had the opportunity to discuss and ask questions with their form tutor.

School name and badge
I am delighted to share the news that the school will have a new name from September 2017 and will be called Three Rivers Academy to reflect the local community the school serves located between the rivers Thames, Wey and Mole. The school will also adopt the badge of The Howard Partnership Trust and the motto ‘Bringing out the Best’. Whilst the new school will continue to develop its own identity within the community it serves, the THPT brand will offer quality assurance and support us to build on the highly effective partnership working already established.

Uniform from September 2017
Having taken into account feedback from parents, students and staff there will be some amendments to the current school uniform and a full list will be attached to the half term newsletter at the end of this week, Friday 26th May. We have already been in communication with our local uniform suppliers who will ensure parents and carers are supported with these changes. It is of the utmost importance to us that students wear their uniform correctly and with pride to reflect the high standards we expect across the school.

Pastoral Restructure
Our continuing school improvement work, which has included collaboration with staff, students and parents, has given us the opportunity to review many areas of the school. One key area to the success of any school is that of pastoral support structures and we are keen to develop a system which best supports students, not only at this current time but also as the school moves into its next exciting phase with the expansion of numbers on roll in the new building.

I am therefore writing to inform you of our plans to move to a Year system with horizontal tutor groups from September 2017. We will however retain a House system to build on the current strengths of community and school ethos.

This decision has been made for a number of reasons as detailed below:

  • To focus on student welfare and progress in line with whole school priorities
  • To create a future proof pastoral structure as student numbers rise in the new school
  • To build on the success this year of Year 11 being in horizontal tutor groups
  • To retain the strengths and ethos of the House system
  • To create and develop Year group identities and ethos
  • To identify Year group improvement priorities creating a vision and development plan on an annual basis in order to support whole school improvement plans
  • To improve communication regarding year specific events e.g. induction processes, option choices, exam preparation
  • To create additional non-teaching support and capacity in the pastoral structure.

I welcome your support in delivering this message as a positive one to students and further information about key staff involved will be published in the half-term newsletter at the end of this week.

Yours sincerely

Anne-Louise Payne
Head of School”

The Howard partnership Trust Press Release

“As the building of the new school gathers pace, Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College is pleased to announce a new name for the school from September 2017. The school will be called Three Rivers Academy to reflect the local community the school serves located between the rivers Thames, Wey and Mole. The school will also adopt the badge of The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) and the motto ‘Bringing out the Best’. Whilst the new school will continue to develop its own identity within the community it serves, the THPT brand will offer quality assurance and support us to build on the highly effective partnership working already established.

The school became part of THPT in September 2016 and, as a result of rapid improvement plans, was described in a recent Department for Education monitoring visit as making ‘very strong progress ….. coupled with clear and determined leadership’.  Anne-Louise Payne, Head of School said ‘ This is a very exciting time in the development of the school and with a new name we can continue to move the school forward, whilst retaining and building on the key areas of strength, as we plan to move into the new school building early in 2018. The new school will be housed completely under one roof, allowing for an increased number of students and will provide state of the art, purpose built provision for our students. ’”

With the build of the new school, the new leadership team, joining The Howard Partnership Trust and now the announcement of the new school name, badge and uniform there are very exciting times ahead for parents, pupils and staff of the Three Bridges Academy – we wish them all the very best for the future in what will no doubt be an extremely successful local school!
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