Rugby Academy

Course Information - At Herne Bay High Rugby Academy (HBHRA) we are continuing to progress and to further develop rugby for the next school year. The Academy has been designed and developed exclusively for students entering Year 12 and forms part of the Herne Bay High School Sixth Form. We plan to have over 20 students regularly participating in Rugby Academy sessions per week along with fixtures over the year. Herne Bay High Rugby Academy will lead the development of elite rugby in the region and will become a best practice model for elite athlete development. The HBHRA will provide its students with outstanding facilities, coaching and support services, as well as high quality academic study at Herne Bay High School. The HBHRA would support its students in gaining places in professional sports academies and higher education institutions.

Students have the option to follow an A Level Programme or a Sports Pathway at Level 3 alongside the Rugby Academy or undertake a VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Health and Exercise. Additionally, students will have the option (Subject to availability) to undertake vocational development. When applying on www.kentchoices.com please select the subjects you wish to apply for in addition to the Rugby Academy.

Duration and Entry Requirements - Level 3
2 Year Course – Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, as well as Maths and English GCSE Grade 4 minimum. A Merit grade in a Level 2 Sports course also meets the criteria. There are a number of specific pathways students may follow at Herne Bay High School and enter the HBHRA academy. These pathways will be explained further during the course of the trial session.

Students in the academy have the opportunity to study A Level, OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 or VTCT Diploma in Health and Exercise Level 2 (1 Yr) as well as optional vocational courses benefitting from the teaching and learning opportunities offered by our high achieving and over-subscribed Sixth Form.

Duration and Entry Requirements - Level 2
1 Year Course – Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-2, as well as Mathematics and English GCSE Grade 3 minimum. A Merit grade in a Level 2 Sports course also meets the criteria. There are a number of specific pathways students may follow at Herne Bay High School and enter the HBHRA academy. These pathways will be explained further during the course of the trial session.

Each student will obtain their level 1 and 2 Rugby coaching and referee badges. This will be used to enable each student to coach in local schools as part of their individual development and understanding.

Entry into the academy will be based on three different selection assessment criteria: Attitude, aptitude and academic ability

Rugby Trial dates will follow in due course. 

How to Apply
Applications  are made via www.kentchoices.com and are submitted following our Post 16 Information Evening - further details to follow. Our application window opens from 3rd December - 5th February 2021.
However, should you still wish to apply for the Rugby Academy after this date, please e mail the completed application form to rugbyacademy@hernebayhigh.org . Please click here.

Assessment – Coursework and Examination
Course specific as it is dependent on academic pathway. Vocational studies will have practical and external multiple-choice exams at the end of the programme. The course has been established for each individual to reach and exceed their potential in the sport and leisure industry.

Skills & Content
Skills gained will provide a broad introduction to the Sports Sector and the ability to work in the sport industry. The vocational Courses (subject to availability/change) will follow different training and educational courses and the weekly programme will consist of both training and classroom-based study each day. There will be major focus on:
• Coaching development (RFU Rugby Ready, Scrum Factory and the Level 1 Referee Badge
• VCTC Level 2 Swedish Massage
• VTCT Level 2 Gym Instructors
• VCTC Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy

Rugby Academy Kit Requirements:  Students are responsible for purchasing their own personalised kit from Ambition Sports located in Ramsgate and details of the requirements are available on request; once ordered, kit will be delivered to the school by the start of September. You can order online or make an appointment to try on the garments.  A guide is available at the bottom of the page or Please click here

Enrichment - Matches will be played either on a Wednesday or Saturday. Students must be available for matches at all times. Extra-curricular activities such as trips to see premiership matches and The Gallagher Premiership Finals and an annual tour.

Future Opportunities
The course leads to a variety of opportunities including Higher Education courses in Sport and related subjects or into employment areas such as coaching and health and fitness.

Further Information
To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

Please contact the Rugby Academy coaches at rugbyacademy@hernebayhigh.org should you require further information.

Rugby Academy Kit Guide
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