We are housed in a £27 million building which opened in 2008 with state of the art technologies across all departments. The school is equipped with state of the art SMART digital screens in every classroom, one of the first schools in the country to embrace such technologies. Our creative approaches to learning have been recognized and documented by ITN news. We also have a dance studio, two gyms, recording studio, lecture theatre and astro turf pitches. We are extremely proud of our sporting excellence and have developed elite rugby union and netball academies throughout the school who have competed on a national level beating many of the top private schools and winning the Yorkshire cup on several occasions. We now take 10% of our year 7 entry based on sporting aptitude.
I am justifiably proud of our journey since 2008. Without doubt, excellent progress has been made. In 2007 19% of students gained 5 A*-C including English and Maths; in 2013 72% gained 5 A*-C including English and Maths; this rose to a record breaking 76% in 2016. Other measures include Progress 8 and Attainment 8. Rodillian’s Progress 8 score, as shown in the School Performance Tables is well above National Average, only two schools were in this category in the Leeds Authority. Attainment 8 is also above well above National Average.We have extremely high aspirations for our young people and strive to give them the qualifications that they need to move on to the next stage of their life successfully. Our Sixth Form is in the top 25% of Sixth Form providers for student performance at A Level nationally, and for BTEC the amount of outstanding teaching and learning is joint first in the country.
Behaviour in the school is exceptional and something of which we are very proud. Our judgement was supported by Ofsted in 2012 and again in 2016 where we gained an ‘Outstanding’ for ‘Personal Development, behaviour and welfare’. At Rodillian we believe that traditional values of discipline and respect are sacrosanct. We do not tolerate bullying, defiance or rudeness to staff and this has made for a harmonious and safe learning environment for our young people and a supportive environment for staff, where they can concentrate their efforts on teaching and their own continuing professional development. Our school is also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
Though we may be traditional in our approach to discipline, our curriculum is as modern, innovative and personalised as we can make it. For students in Year 7 we have introduced our Resilience curriculum, where students are taught the essential skills for learning and life. In year 8 and 9 our students can access our Applied Resilience curriculum, where they have a raft of opportunities that they may not have had, including, skiing, water sports, horse riding, cake decorating, photography and stage makeup. This is also when our Rugby and Netball academies train. Further to this, Year 9 students can select pre-options in order to get a taste of their preferred GCSE subjects and hopefully become inspired and enthused at the same time. We have a three year Key Stage 4 which allows students to spread the load of qualifications, further personalise their own curriculum and also prepare better for either post 16 education or work.
I hope the brief outline above gives you an overview of our progress and of our ethos.
Mr A. Goulty