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If your son or daughter is about to start Year 6 or Year 8 you are probably already thinking about their next step into High School in readiness for September 2022. These days there are more choices available to students and parents than ever before and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Attending open evenings and taking tours of schools is probably the best way to really understand if a school is right for you. It’s a lot like choosing a house, when you view the right one, you just know.

We are looking forward to The Rural Enterprise Academy being that school of choice for two more classes of students in both Year 7 and Year 9 for September 2022.

Last year, due to Covid, we were unable to host a normal open evening and we’re delighted to be able to offer that all important, in-person experience this year. The event takes place at 6pm on Thursday 7 October and everyone is welcome. If you’ve not visited before you can find The Rural Enterprise Academy on the campus of Rodbaston College immediately off the A449 south of Penkridge – our postcode is ST19 5PH. Put the date in your diary and we will see you then. Can’t make it? Let us know and we can arrange a tour during the school day.

At the bottom of the page you will also find frequently asked questions that we hope you will find useful.
For any further questions please contact us on or 01785 333360

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when can you apply for your child to begin in Year 7 or Year 9 in September 2021?

Applications are made via Staffordshire Schools Admissions Service via their website. If you live outside of Staffordshire you will need to apply through your Local Authority.

How do you support children with SEN?

Support for pupils with SEN is offered on an individual basis, all pupils are allocated a key worker and will have termly reviews with them. We offer TA support in class as well as a range of interventions from emotional literacy to reading and numeracy. We also work with external agencies such as Autism Outreach, physiotherapists and occupational therapy.

Is there a school bus service ?

Yes, Penk Valley Academy Trust operate a school bus service to local towns and villages. The area covered is shown on the map below.  More information about routes, costs and how to apply will be added to the website soon.


What range of subjects will be offered?

At KS3 (years 7-9) pupils will all study a broad range of subjects, this includes English, maths, science, geography, RE, PE, technology (including IT), creative studies and environmental studies. Environmental studies includes aspects of forest schools, agriculture and animal care as well as more traditional environmental science and sustainability.

At KS4 (years 10-11) pupils will complete a mixture of GCSE and vocational courses, this will include GCSEs in English, maths, science and geography, a BTEC in Enterprise and some optional subjects, this includes one land based option that they will study at South Staffs College.

Does the school operate within the Secondary or Primary model?

We will be continuing to operate a secondary model with pupils moving to subject specialists for each lesson. We are a very small secondary school with only two buildings so pupils will often not need to move far between lessons and will quickly learn their way around the school site.


Secondary Model =  Pupils moving around to different teachers and classes.

Primary Model = Pupils are with their class teacher for the majority of lessons.

Are you planning on carrying out any building works to increase the size of the school building to accommodate the additional 2 year groups?

We aren’t planning on any building works, pupils who wish to study A-levels are now able to access a range of options at the sixth form at Wolgarston High School, this gives the school the capacity to increase the number of pupils at KS3.