Mark Rutherford School


European U18 100m Champion

Mark Rutherford student Raphael Bouju was crowned as the European U18 100m Champion on 6th July in Gyor, Hungary. Representing the Netherlands, he overcame an incredibly talented field to finish in a time of 10.64 seconds. He had previously clocked a new PB of 10.61 in the 1st round heat.

This is an incredible achievement and one that is thoroughly deserved. Raph is extremely dedicated to his training and his studies and, having recently completing his GCSE’s, has done remarkably well to achieve such success at such a busy time for him.

This success is no surprise to his PE teachers who have seen up close how committed he is. Mr Snowdon said “He is a born winner who is determined and willing to go that extra mile in order to achieve his potential.”

Everyone at Mark Rutherford would like to congratulate Raph on this success and look forward to seeing him back with us again in September where he will be joining our Sixth Form studying the highly successful Sports Science course.


Celebrating Extraordinary Women in Science

Beatriz Soriano Tortosa in Year 11 has just been awarded a British Science Association Silver CREST Award for an independent engineering project, wherein she designed and built a working hydraulic robotic arm from household materials.

Beatriz’s interest in Engineering grew from the VEX robotics club she joined in Year 10 and she decided to explore other aspects of Engineering. After watching a number of on-line videos and reading through several websites, Beatriz was able to see her project through to fruition. In her project conclusion Beatriz wrote ‘Building this robot helped me understand the process and management behind a project and the gravity of each stage. The mistakes I made along the way all gave me more and more experience to tackle new projects.’

CREST is a STEAM enrichment programme for young people aged 5-19 years old. The assessor who graded her project commented ‘You worked really hard on this project and your dedication really shone through. I found your project write up fascinating, congratulations on achieving your silver award!’.

Beatriz has now set her sights even higher… literally! Together with Tania Frant, Tabby Richards and a small team of Year 10 ICT and Science enthusiasts, the group have been designing and building a payload that will be sent into the stratosphere to take recordings and photographs of the Earth below. The project has captured the imagination of the local community and at a recent Engineering evening at Mark Rutherford School, the three girls were given a VIP day out at The Shuttleworth Collection for the Shuttleworth Heritage Day in September, which has the theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’. The team have had brilliant support and advice from the Airlander Outreach Team and the MET Office, ranging from how to build the perfect payload to gaining information on wind speeds that might affect the flight of the balloon and we look forward to the future involvement of our sponsor Lockheed Martin.

Headteacher, Mr Millard said “Our STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Maths) Curriculum aims to empower students to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges and shape our future for the better. Our enrichment programme promotes the next generation of STEAM Scholars. We thank our business sponsors Stomor Engineering and Lockheed Martin.”


Planetarium to Support Science and Astronomy

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BBC Look East - Aired 30th January 2018

East Anglian News - Aired 31st January 2018


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