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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.  

We are once again pleased with our GCSE results in 2019 with an even higher percentage of students achieving 5 or more GCSE passes at grade 9-4. We are proud of the achievements of all our students as they have worked hard throughout their time at Rushmoor, but there are several students who deserve special praise for their results: Binyamin Abubakar, Jack Deakin, Simeon Gay, Harry Noon, Harvey-Peter McCardie,Tom Sayer and Atharva Vanage have achieved incredibly impressive sets of results.  We are also extremely pleased with our students who have achieved 100% pass rate in further maths.  The results reflect the broad and balanced curriculum provided at Rushmoor, with pupils achieving high results across all areas of the curriculum, particularly in the core subjects.  We are extremely proud of our students in Art and Design where 21% of students have achieved the very top grade of 9. Our languages department achieved a 100% pass rate at 9-4, with half achieving grades 9-7, which is just reward for all their hard work. 

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

Rushmoor and St Andrews Joint Sixth Form are pleased with our second cohorts A-level examination results in 2019, which saw pupils coping admirably with the demands of the courses. All of our pupils have been offered a place at their first choice university. Sanidhay Kashyap achieved grade A’s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, which is an outstanding achievement and special mention must go to year 10 student, Olivier Gaillard, who achieved a grade A in AS Mathematics having completed the examination two years early. 

It is pleasing that the pupils who have chosen to go to university next year have achieved the necessary grades and I am grateful to the staff who have invested a great deal of time and commitment into ensuring the students were fully prepared for their examinations. Our small and supportive environment means pupils really benefit from our nurturing approach towards learning.   

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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