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Rushey Mead Academy

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Type  Academy
Principal  Rita Hindocha
DfE URN  141916 Tables
Number of students  1,528
Chief Executive Officer  Carolyn Robson CBE
Chair of Governors  Anthony Glover
Phone  +44 116 266 3730
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Location  Melton Road Leicester Leicestershire LE4 7AN England
Address  Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN, UK
Similar  Soar Valley College, Beaumont Leys School, Rushey Mead Primary, Mr Pickford's Pharmacy, Sandfield Close Primary S

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Rushey Mead Academy (formerly Rushey Mead School), part of the Rushey Mead Educational Trust (RMET), is a mixed secondary school located in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for students aged 11 to 16.



Rushey Mead was originally a boys' school until the 1970s. The first headmaster was Charles Anson Smith. Under his leadership the school was often in the news, most notably for the "Spirit of Leicester", an ex city double-decker bus which initially took pupils to parts of Europe, unheard of at the time, and later around parts of the UK.

Previously a community school administered by Leicester City Council. In order to provide support to a number of local schools, Rushey Mead School converted to academy status in October 2015 and was renamed Rushey Mead Academy. The school continues to coordinate with Leicester City Council for admissions.

Academy Logo

Its logo is three 'Rushes' on a green/black colour base. The name Rushey taken from the grass rushes which used to grow on nearby Rushey Fields.

Staffing and facilities

Rushey Mead has a diversity of staff and children in its community. The Academy also boasts a good example of an environmentally friendly building in their 'green' academy building (colloquially known as 'G' Block, which is now 'B' Block). Amongst the many features of this building are photovoltaic modules on the roof to power the lights.

In 2012, the school underwent major renovations. Under the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF), it benefited from an £18 million upgrade to its buildings and site, that includes, a new 6 court Sports Hall and an Assembly Hall with retractable cinema seats. The Sports Hall is one of Leicester's best equipped sports facilities, now with professional Continental Basketball hoops that retract from the ceiling, Indoor cricket training facilities, and 6 Tennis or Badminton courts, at a cost of almost £6 million.

Divisions and charities

The Academy has five Divisions: Belvoir(green), Bosworth(blue), Charnwood(yellow), Harborough(red) and Melton(purple), which play an important part in school life, having two major aims; to increase student awareness of local, national and international charitable causes through charity work, and to promote healthy competition. Staff and students work together through the Divisions to raise awareness and money for a number of good causes. Beneficiaries over the years have included the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Teenage Cancer Trust, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Matt Hampson Trust, Rushey Mead Foundation, Rainbows and the Leicester charity LOROS (the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice).

Academic achievement

In its November 2007 Ofsted report, the school was rated "outstanding" for overall effectiveness. In 2009, Ofsted highlighted it as one of 12 outstanding schools serving disadvantaged communities.

Notable former pupils

  • Sara Dhada — BBC Apprentice Series Four
  • Jigar Naik — Leicestershire cricketer
  • Tony Sibson — boxer
  • Mark Morrison — R&B singer
  • References

    Rushey Mead Academy Wikipedia

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