Verulam Voice Issue 11 – 2014/15 published

The latest online version of the Verulam Voice has been published. Click to download the latest PTA Bulletin.

Sixth Form Open Evening

Verulam Sixth Form Open Evening – Thursday 8th January 2015

January 7.00pm – 9.00pm

The Verulam Sixth Form Open Evening offers parents and students the opportunity meet the Headmaster, Mr Ramsey, the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Skipper and other key members of the Verulam Sixth Form team.

After a brief introduction students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with subject staff to find out more about the courses they are considering for sixth form.

Guidance will also be available on subject combinations and choosing subjects for specific careers or degree courses.

Current Year 11 Verulam students and external students are welcome to attend. Further information on these evening or for application to the Sixth Form can be obtained from Mrs Harding at

We offer a  range of A Level and BTEC courses at Verulam.  Please check the entry criteria of the particular subjects you are interested in.

For further information on all the subjects offered across the Consortium please go to the BSV Website.

Sixth Form Application Form

Verulam Voice Issue 10 – 2014/15 published

The latest online version of the Verulam Voice has been published. Click to download the latest PTA Bulletin.

Verulam Voice Issue 9 – 2014/15 published

The latest online version of the Verulam Voice has been published.

Anxiety in Children – a Parent’s Guide

Wed 12th Nov. 2014 | 1930 – 2130 | £10pp
Roundwood Park School | Roundwood Park | Harpenden | Herts AL5 3AE

Anxiety is a normal part of growing up but some children experience ongoing difficulties with anxiety that not only affect their day-to-day lives, but can have a long term negative impact on their social and emotional development. Anxiety is not always easy to identify and it can be expressed in many different ways. Research has shown that children susceptible to anxiety often have a tendency to think and behave in ways that maintain their difficulties. Psychological treatments focus on altering these unhelpful patterns and have been proven to be effective. Many of the strategies used by clinicians and therapists can be adapted and incorporated into daily family life, with parents taking a lead to help their child overcome their difficulties. In this talk, we will provide information to help parents distinguish between developmentally appropriate anxiety and levels which may benefit from more targeted intervention. We will also share early risk factors which may contribute to later development of anxiety and provide an overview of practical strategies which parents can employ at home to support their children.

What the parents will gain from coming to the talk:

  • An overview of recent research relating to the development and treatment of childhood anxiety.
  • Insight into the various ways that anxiety might manifest in children.
  • Practical tips for how best to respond to an anxious child and help them overcome their difficulties.
  • An awareness of the resources available to support parents of anxious children.

This talk is particularly suitable for parents with children aged 3-12 years. Booking is essential. Please book your place here.

Dr Helen Dodd is a lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Reading and a branch chair for the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Her research focuses on the development of children’s anxiety disorders. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral research in Sydney, Australia, where she led a large longitudinal study examining preschool predictors of children’s anxiety in middle childhood. This work informed the development of an early intervention, which was conducted primarily by working with parents. She has received awards and funding for her work from the American Association of Anxiety and Depression, the British Psychological Society and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Dr Kerstin Thirlwall is a clinical psychologist and clinical research training fellow at the University of Reading. She completed her clinical training at the University of Oxford and specialises in the development and delivery of evidence based treatments for child anxiety, with a particular focus on parent led approaches. She was the lead researcher and clinician for a treatment trial funded by The Medical Research Council, assessing the effectiveness of guided parent-delivered cognitive behavior therapy. Her research received national and international interest and has resulted in this treatment approach being included in the Continuing Medical Education module of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the NHS Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP-IAPT).