SUPPORTING learners to secure outstanding futures for themselves is the aim of The Rye Academy Trust.
All three schools within the Trust share a campus in the heart of Rye – Rye Community Primary School for 2 to 11 year olds; Rye College for 11-16 year olds and Rye Studio which welcomes 14-19 year olds who want to pursue a career within the creative industries. Collectively the schools are known as The Rye Education Quarter.
Whilst each school has its own identity, they work collaboratively and share expertise and facilities to provide the very best for every learner.
As a family of schools they place the individual at the heart of all that they do, providing inspiring and exciting opportunities for learners. The schools build aspirations, challenge learners to excel and help then secure a happy and successful future.
Executive Principal Ann Cockerham explained: “We have high expectations of our learners. Our children and young people enjoy coming to school. Our rural setting means they all have space to learn and space to grow as individuals. Our campus is a place where everyone can feel safe. We have clubs and activities for children and young people to get involved in. They quickly commit to school life and are happy here.”
All the Trust’s schools are driven by the same core values – empowering every individual to shape a better future; building self-esteem and the resilience to excel; sharing responsibility to build a thriving, caring community founded on respect and equality and driving aspiration and celebrating success.
Rye Community Primary School joined the Trust in March this year and, with the incorporation of the Pugwash Nursery, caters for children from two to 11 years. The fabulous purpose built school offers a nurturing atmosphere, where laughter and learning combine to create an inspiring environment.
Due to its popularity in the local area, the school is expanding to two forms of entry from September 2016 and will gain more new building to accommodate the additional children.
Rye College is proud of its heritage and tradition within the local community. It has been on its current site since 1908 but was originally established more than 400 years ago in the town.
The school has a welcoming, family atmosphere where students are known by all staff.
The College offers pupils a broad and balanced education across the full range of GCSEs. Lessons are designed to bring learning to life – fabulous robots come to life in technology, a cacophony of sound engulfs the music department. Everything is designed to develop confidence and creativity.
Rye Studio for the Creative Industries opened in September 2013 in a purpose built state-of-the-art building. It prepares young people aged from 14 to 19 for work within the creative industries, combining the opportunity to achieve traditional qualifications alongside work placements and exciting enrichment opportunities provided by industry professionals, touring companies and in national and international schools, universities and arts centres.
A level, BTEC and GCSE examinations are offered in the visual, performing and production arts as well as the business areas of accounting, maths, English, enterprise and entrepreneurship to ensure employment in all areas of the creative industries. Rye Studio School also offers the Level 4 University of London Foundation Diploma to prepare students for specialist university arts courses.
A wide range of enrichment activities from sport, drama and music to dance, publishing, photography and film making, help to develop teamwork, trust in one another and friendships across the campus.
The Milligan Theatre is the perfect setting for ambitious drama productions and music and dance performances in which children and young people join together to perform.
The campus also includes a community sports centre with swimming pool, excellent sporting facilities including a multi-use games area and a huge sports and athletics field.