Mark Rutherford School

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The entrance to Main Reception will closed for building work from Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December. An alternative route will be signposted.



Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Kempston
 in association with the Philharmonia Orchestra Young Musician of the Year Competition 2016

Vienna Wolter and Georgina Muckle were the pride of Mark Rutherford, performing in the senior level against students from a variety of other local schools. Each performed a solo programme ranging from show tunes to folk songs and Schubert delighting the audience and receiving fantastic feedback from Leonie Adams, senior adjudicator and acclaimed cellist. As well as studying for their GCSE in Music, both Vienna and Georgina are working hard for their Grade V singing exams and we wish them the very best of luck!


Mock Family Court

On Saturday 21st November, Matt Darby, Sophia Cassan, Sahara Malcolm Smith and Tom Jefferys entered a mock family hearing competition at Shire Hall in Bedford in support of UNICEF and Universal Children's' Day. Judging was undertaken by Her Honour Judge Lindsay Davies, District Judge Clarke, District Judge Mellanby and a Lay Judge with marks awarded for presentation, fluency, content and 'extras', e.g. reference to specific rights law. The overall winner was Cardinal Newman but our team did well by gaining favourable judgements in the two cases we dealt with. Justice Parker who chaired the bench for the second scenario finalised proceedings by describing herself as a 'connoisseur of advocacy' and stated that the 'young people heard today could grace my courtroom: it was a lovely morning.' All the students were congratulated by Lady Erroll the High Sheriff.


Jamie McCaffray Swimming Achievements Summer 2015

Jamie McCaffray has had further successes with his swimming over the summer. Here are his latest, incredible, achievements:

1. British Open Water National Championships 1500m (Sheffield)  finished 12th

2. Bedfordshire 1500m Open Water Champion 2015

3. Scottish Home Nations 1500m Freestyle Champion ( Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh)

4. Scottish Home Nations 400IM Silver Medallist ( Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh)

Congratulations to Jamie on these great achievements and good luck with all of your future competitions.


Arkwright Awards Ceremony

Arkwright Awards October 2015
Omar Choudhry and Richard Lilley from Mark Rutherford School were awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship recently at a ceremony.

In London, supported by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Rail Industry, led by Network Rail, Carillion and Colas Rail, Omar Choudhry and Richard Lilley were presented with their Arkwright Scholarship by Principal Guest Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology 2015/16. Omar and Richard also met the organisations that are sponsoring their Scholarship for the next two years- Bourn Engineering (Omar) and Northrop Gunman (Richard)
The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry's future leaders in engineering. During their sixth-form studies, Scholars receive £600 to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits. Schools receive £400 per Scholarship awarded to their students.
Scholars are selected following a rigorous selection process comprising a detailed application form supported by a teacher's reference, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university. From a pool of 30,000 eligible students, this year teachers endorsed the applications of 1559 students. 397 Scholarships were eventually awarded.
Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: "I have been hugely impressed by the creativity, technical skills and leadership prowess of the young men and women receiving their Scholarships this year. The country needs 100,000s of new engineers to take the economy and society forward. But some of these newly-trained people need to also act as outstanding leadership beacons within industry and academia. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the first step on that road to achieving such a vital position within the UK engineering profession. Congratulations to Omar Choudhry, Richard Lilley and all of our new Scholars!"


ITP Awards

Year 10 (now 11) Applied art students had worked on illustrating a booklet for a local charity, the ITP Support Association. Not only did they have to learn illustration skills and book layouts in addition they had to work with a client, sell their ideas and meet deadlines.

The Chief Executive of the charity, Shirley Watson, acted as the client for the project and came in to view the finished projects. She was very impressed by the overall standard of the work produced and selected two students’ illustrations to be used for the final booklets.

The project was scheduled to be completed in conjunction with the opening of the charity's new headquarters in Bolnhurst on Saturday. This event was exceptionally well attended with local and international visitors all of whom expressed interest in the project.

Darcey Pryor and Joelleen Holland both had their work selected and this Saturday received a certificate of thanks and a gift voucher presented by the actor Neil Dudgeon (from Midsomer Murders) - he was also very impressed by the standard of the girls' work!


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November 24, 2015

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