Dancing duo stop traffic for frontline heroes

Choreography queens Katie Hinkley and Erin Lancaster-Burton stopped traffic in Rudheath with a dancing fundraiser for the NHS.

Katie, a Year 7 pupil at Rudheath Senior Academy pupil, and friend Erin were so moved by the bravery of NHS staff tackling the coronavirus pandemic that they wanted to help.

Now they have raised £85 for frontline heroes by putting on a dance show for neighbours in their street. 

Katie’s Mum, Tracey, explained: “They practiced for a couple of days, Katie on our drive and Erin on hers, and it was quite difficult as they had to keep their distance.

“Then they popped notes through neighbours’ doors asking them to watch them at 1.30 the following day.

“On the day, they had the music on ready and all the neighbours were out to see them danced to Lonely by Joel Corry and We Are Family by Sister Sledge. 

“The atmosphere was lovely, everyone was clapping and smiling. Our neighbours put donations in envelopes for the girls with lovely messages thanking them. I think they were hoping to raise between £15-£20, so to raise £85 was amazing.

“Katie raised over £300 for the Stroke Association last year, so I feel extremely proud of her and very grateful to our lovely neighbours who helped.” 

Sarah Johns, Katie’s teacher and Head of Years 7 and 8 at Rudheath, added: “We are all really proud of her achievement. 

“We pride ourselves on our students aiming to show excellence and kindness, and Katie has demonstrated this with her willingness to show her dance talents to the local community.”

Teachers at the school have been working hard to deliver leaning to pupils at home during lockdown. Online chats, phone calls and a wellbeing team have also been organised to ensure pupils don’t feel alone.

Jemma Morrel, Head of English, said: “There’s no challenge that the staff and students of Rudheath Senior Academy can’t embrace and overcome.

“Over the past two weeks, a new way of working and communicating has evolved, and Microsoft Teams is becoming a platform for a whole host of practical interactions.”

The school joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) last year and a £6m transformation is underway, with most of the work due for completion in July.

Amongst the Trust’s success stories are Oak View in Winsford, which was the second worst primary in the country in 2014 but rated ‘good’ by Ofsted within the first three years as part of NWAT.

St Martin’s Academy, Chester, is rated ‘outstanding’ and Delamere Academy, near Northwich, is the highest performing primary in the borough.

Acrefield Primay School, in Chester, was named by The Times as 75th best performing primary in the country, according to average SATs results.

For more information about Rudheath Senior Academy, visit their website, email: office_admin@rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk or tel: 01606 42515.