Mark Rutherford School

Excellent outcome in Ofsted survey on enterprise, employability and employer engagement
"...exceptionally strong business partnerships." HMI

Alongside Ofsted's core inspection programme, inspectors also report on specific issues relating to aspects of education, learning and care. In January this year, Mark Rutherford School was selected to take part in a survey of enterprise, employability and employer engagement, aiming to address the question: 'How effectively do secondary schools engage with employers and business to provide high quality enterprise education and employability skills?' The findings of this survey will contribute to a national report, due to be published in the summer term.

An HMI inspector spent the day meeting with staff, business partners and students to assess the ways that the school is effectively engaging with local businesses. At the end of the visit, we received some extremely positive feedback; the inspector agreed Mark Rutherford is way ahead of other schools with its strong business partnership and mentoring programmes and felt that students were thoroughly supported in making their future education and career decisions. During the presentations, he was able to reference a lot of excellent, enterprising work and work-related projects being carried out in many departments such as Maths, Science, English, DT, Art, PE, and across all year groups.

Although a judgement isn't made on the school, as it would be in a core Ofsted visit, the school will be highlighted for its exceptional practice in the national report later this year.

Thank you to our business partners and mentors who met with the inspector to highlight our successful projects: Ellie Marcham, Economic Development Manager at Bedford Borough Council, Annette Lewis, Director at Manton Engineering, Derrick Anin, IT consultant, Steven Palmer, Academy Manager at 3AAA Ltd, Simon Naylor, Director at Briton EMS, Sue Munn, Business Development Manager at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

Special thanks to the staff involved in preparing for the day and making it run smoothly: Mr Baker, Mrs Unwin, Mr Millard, Mrs Foster, Ms Harrison, Ms Jakins, Mr Jessop, Mrs Humphries, Mr Humphries, Ms Hughes, Mr Dunbar, Mrs Wade, Ms Holder - and, of course, to all the office staff: Mrs Arduini, Miss Perkins, Mrs Shirley, Mrs Tyrrell, Ms Gwynne.

All the students who took part acquitted themselves extremely well and were great representatives of the school: Omar Choudhry, Richard Lilley, Jason Camfield, Kelli Knights, Ali Carter, Harry Cocker, Michael Frimpong, Eugene Holmes, Tom Mead, Ruth Gapara, Charlotte Burgoyne, Lizzie Barton, Sophie Collins, Matteo Damiano, Kay Pocock, Melanie Gammons, Sabrina Raimondo, Daniel Gilbert.


Chamber Awards 2015

Bedford school wins Business and Education Partnership Award

Chamber Awards

Mark Rutherford School, a member of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating after winning the Business and Education Partnership award at the British Chambers of Commerce's annual Chamber Awards 2015. The Chamber Awards, now in its 12th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.

The judges praised the school for its 'Mark Rutherford Business Partnership' programme, which comprises 160 local businesses and community organisations, and focuses on supporting the successful transition of young people from education to the world of work.

In addition, the school has developed a Business Mentor Programme, which pairs students with local business mentors. This programme has led to improvements in pupil achievement and helped students to see the opportunities available to them post-education.

Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

"Bridging the gap between the worlds of education and work is vital for empowering tomorrow's workforce with the skills that businesses need. Mark Rutherford School proves that with hard work and strategic vision business and education partnerships can be a success."


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We believe that every child is unique.  Our aim is to provide broad, balanced, personalised learning experiences that will enable them to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and to achieve economic well being.

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January 26, 2016

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