Press Releases

Plans to Unite Upper and Lower Schools on One Site

The Hart School in Rugeley has announced a consultation in respect of an ambitious proposal to unite its upper and lower schools on a single site.  The Hart School was created two years ago with the merger of Hagley Park and Fair Oak schools and has recorded considerable successes. In its first year, the Hart School was ranked second of 25 schools in the area, and in 2016/17 it achieved pupil progress scores that placed it in the top 20% of all schools in the country.
The school’s leadership team today unveiled plans to create a new, improved learning environment for its 1,200 pupils on the lower school site in Penkridge Bank Road.  Additional investment into the site will see the creation of a bespoke sixth form centre, additional classrooms, rooms for interventions and small group work, larger teaching spaces for ‘lecture style’ teaching delivery, improved dining facilities, including more outdoor eating areas and recreational space, and the redesign of the unused swimming pool building.
In a letter to parents, carers and students, Chris Keen, the school’s Principal, said: “Whilst acknowledging the benefit of running both upper and lower schools, the cost of operating two sites is financially challenging. Our resources need to be focused on helping our pupils to succeed, providing more and better resources for their learning, rather than maintaining underused buildings and grounds across two sites.”
The proposal will create a fresh and flexible school environment, enabling The Hart School to continue meeting the needs of the growing, local community. It will also eliminate the wear and tear on staff, who currently commute between the two sites, and reduce the school’s overall environmental footprint.
Chris Keen continued: “Our sixth form has enjoyed year-on-year improvements, resulting in increased attainment, with more students now being accepted into the top universities in the country. This year we are also delighted to announce applications to Cambridge University for the first time.
“With equal importance to these academic advancements, The Hart School has provided more fantastic opportunities for pupils to participate in both sporting and performing arts than ever before.  Overall, The Hart School has stretching goals for its pupils and we believe that the proposal to move onto one site will continue to support all our ambitions.”
All parents and interested members of the local community are being urged to take part in the consultation, which will include Q&A sessions, to help shape the next phase of the school’s development. People wishing to make a comment or to register interest for the forthcoming events should email
Chair of the Academy Council, Alan Murphy, said: “We are continually striving to provide the best education that we possibly can for all of our children. This proposal will enable us to provide more opportunities for creativity and ‘extra-curricular activities’ and to allow younger pupils to be inspired and mentored by the older students.
“The consultation will inform our decision-making and we would urge everyone who has an interest in the school to take up the chance to get involved in the next phase of the school’s future and continued development.”
February 2018

A Kickboxer who’s all Hart!

The Hart School in Rugeley, are celebrating the success of one of their students, who has been invited to join the Great British Kickboxing Team. Last week, Ellie Harvey aged 12, represented GB at the WAKO Junior European Championships held in Skopje in Macedonia.
37 Countries competed in this prestigious event, with a total of 1600 competitors selected to represent their respective age and weight categories.
Ellie fought in the Under 12’s section, competing against older and significantly taller girls, dominating at many stages of the competition and refusing to surrender to her opponents.
After a tense semi-final she lost out by 2 points, but earned herself a much deserved bronze medal.
Mrs Holly Hartley, Acting Executive Principal of the Hart School said
‘Ellie’s accomplishments are outstanding, her determination and resilience set an example to us all! We are all very proud of this young lady, and are sure we will see her representing her country at an even higher level, in the not so distant future! Watch this space’.


September 2017

Congratulations to The Hart School

As the schools closed for Easter we heard the news of a very good Ofsted inspection result for The Hart School – “good” overall with glowing praise for the Principal’s “strong leadership” and his “clear and compelling vision”. Congratulations to Chris Keen, colleagues and students in Rugeley on virtue rewarded!
Emily Campbell – Director of Programmes at CET


June 2018

The Hart School Results Continue to Climb

The Hart School in Rugeley, Staffordshire is amongst the schools in the County which are celebrating their 2016/17 results.  The school was formed following the merger of Hagley Park Academy and Fair Oak Academy in September 2016, renaming the school ‘The Hart School’.  The vision for the new school was to instil high expectations and aspirations to all of the students attending The Hart School.
Bringing together two separate communities was one of the greatest challenges the school faced but, following significant re-organisation, strengthening of the quality of teaching being offered and with a dedicated pastoral team in place to support the transition, the school has been able to see its results steadily climbing.
The main accountability measure in 2017 was Progress8.  The pupils from the former Fair Oak school have continued to achieve well with an above average progress score of +0.15, whilst the Progress8 score for the former Hagley Park Academy students also improved significantly from 2016 for those pupils who completed Year 11 as part of the new Hart School.
Attainment for both sets of pupils rose once more, with attainment consistently above the national average, increasing the margin still further to 49.5 pts above national average.
Another key area of success for the school has been in its Sixth Form provision, with the proportion of A/A* grades at A Level increasing from 5% in 2016 to 15% in 2017.
The merger of these two schools has had a positive impact upon education in the town, and the focus of all decisions have been wholly made to improve the standard of education available to the young people of Rugeley. The improved achievement, behaviour and attendance, paired with consistent improvement has been an undoubted academic success, and the school is excited to move forward and work yet further upon the successes they have gained.
September 2017

Terry Wogan’s Special Award

Abbie and Ellie Holloway from the Hart School, Rugeley, have been awarded the Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award at the Annual BBC Children in Need televised event. The Award has been presented since Sir Terry’s death in 2016 to someone who has gone above and beyond to help raise money for Children in Need.
This years award was presented at Television centre live on air by Joanna Lumley and Graeme Norton.
Abbie and Ellie have been raising money together for Children in Need since they were 8 years old and to date have raised nearly £20,000 for the charity. Now in the 6th Form at the Hart School, Rugeley, they don’t intend to stop here, and have vowed to continue each year to come up with new ways to raise money for this very worthy charity.
Mrs Holly Hartley, Acting Executive Principal of the Hart School said, ‘The girls are simply amazing! They are setting such a great example to us all, and we are so proud of their achievement.’
The girls have been helping out in assemblies as the school focuses their termly ‘Life and Soul’ Days around charity.

November 2017