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Rochdale Observer - - YOUR VIEWS BIG PICTURE -

VERY school worth its salt wants to in­spire young peo­ple to de­velop a gen­uine love of learn­ing.

All sorts of pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives have come and gone with the sea­sons as clever folk have con­cocted even clev­erer schemes to crack the per­ceived nut. The point is, how­ever, that there is no nut to crack. Young peo­ple are nat­u­rally very cu­ri­ous and gen­uinely want to be chal­lenged.

Be­cause of this, Rish­worth School has de­vel­oped an in­tel­lec­tual cu­rios­ity pro­gramme that en­deav­ours to har­ness that nat­u­ral en­ergy and put the thrill of quest and dis­cov­ery back into learn­ing.

Pupils are rou­tinely chal­lenged to think dif­fer­ently and cre­ate ex­cep­tional things. They are urged to con­found their own ex­pec­ta­tions, not just through the teach­ing that they re­ceive, but through nu­mer­ous chal­lenges, com­pe­ti­tions and en­rich­ment ini­tia­tives, such as the school’s ‘Space pro­gramme’ and its ‘For­mula 1 in Schools’ ini­tia­tive – de­signed to draw out their nat­u­ral in­tel­lec­tual cu­rios­ity. It is Rish­worth’s be­lief that ev­ery child, no mat­ter what their abil­ity, can be in­tel­lec­tu­ally cu­ri­ous and that it is our mis­sion to tap into and re­lease that spirit of think­ing and in­tel­lec­tual ad­ven­ture.

The school wants to raise a new gen­er­a­tion whose minds in­stinc­tively em­brace and en­ter­tain new ideas and ways of look­ing at things; a gen­er­a­tion whose minds are gen­er­ous with the hos­pi­tal­ity that they of­fer to bold think­ing; a gen­er­a­tion that un­der­stands that in­tel­lec­tual off-road­ing is not only good, but the route to in­no­va­tion and rev­e­la­tion.

Rish­worth is a board­ing and day school that, in keep­ing with its her­itage and Church of Eng­land foun­da­tion, wants to recog­nise the skills and tal­ents of each pupil within its com­mu­nity what­ever they are.

It is its am­bi­tion that pupils have the op­por­tu­nity to achieve the very best they can aca­dem­i­cally and at the same time en­joy a range of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that will de­velop them as rounded peo­ple who can meet the chal­lenges of life.

The cur­rent ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar pro­gramme in­cludes team sports, drama, mu­sic, and all sorts of clubs and so­ci­eties and trips and ex­pe­di­tions – both within the UK and over­seas. Cou­pled with su­perb on-site fa­cil­i­ties, such as a 25-me­tre in­door swim­ming pool, state-ofthe-art fit­ness suite and squash courts, plus a mod­ern per­form­ing arts cen­tre, it is not sur­pris­ing that re­cent in­spec­tion re­ports achieved the high­est rat­ing of ‘Out­stand­ing’.

The school re­cently saw the found­ing of its new Ford Rugby Acad­emy, es­tab­lished in con­junc­tion with Eng­land player Ge­orge Ford, a for­mer pupil, and his fa­ther Mike Ford.

To re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence the vast op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer, stop by one of the open events in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. Al­ter­na­tively, you could make an ap­point­ment to have a look around or to meet with the head­teacher. For more in­for­ma­tion visit rish­worth-school.co.uk, email ad­mis­sions@rish­worth-school. co.uk, or call 01422 822217

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