News from Mr Ramsey

Farewells and Departures

I would like to thank those staff who are leaving for their dedication and hard work over their years at Verulam and to wish them well for the future.

Mr Toley leaves this summer having spent an extraordinary 21 years serving Verulam as a Teacher of Geography, and subsequently as Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher.  He is taking up a post as Vice Principal at Goffs School.  He will be remembered by thousands of boys for his commitment to extra curricula activities and in particular Duke of Edinburgh, ski trips and Geography field trips.  He has also been an outstanding member of the Senior Leadership Team for the last 10 years and will be sorely missed by all those who have worked with him.

Mr Dannie trained at the school and has worked for the last 8 years as an outstanding and inspirational Maths Teacher and Head of Year.  Latterly, he has excelled as an Assistant Headteacher and he is departing to take up the post of Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for the Sixth Form at St Gregory’s School in Harrow.

I would like to wish Ms Dupont well as she leaves her post of Sixth Form supervisor.

Mr Blaxill is retiring after a varied career at Verulam as a lunchtime supervisor, invigilator and our expert teacher for the London Institute of Banking and Finance diploma.   His expertise in this area comes from his previous career in banking and he has been filmed on a number of occasions by the LIBF as part of their training programmes.

My best wishes also go to Miss Coy who moves to  Sandringham to teach Psychology and Ms Encina Hernandez leaves us to teach in Qatar.

Mr McGrath departs to take a post as teacher of Art at Aldenham School.  I would also like to thank our longest ever supply teacher Mr Moffat whose talents as a ukulele player will be sorely missed.


PTA Update

First of all on behalf of the PTA, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped at, supported and attended PTA events and activities this year – from quiz nights to the Spring Ball, uniform sales to the Verulam PTA lottery, easyfundraising to serving refreshments and from last week’s lunch time BBQ (which raised just under £300) to the recent inaugural Medieval Festival. Thank you all.

PTA Lottery Draw: The final draw of the lottery will include an additional bonus prize of £200. Winners will be notified by post. If you would like to participate in the lottery next year please see the application form on the PTA website.

Dates for your diary next year:

Fresher’s Fair – Thursday 19th September

The PTA will be available to serve refreshments and to welcome and meet the parents of our new Year 7 boys.

Open Morning – Saturday 28th September

We will be on hand to serve refreshments, including home-made cakes, to potential new students, their parents and our Year 7 helpers. We will need lots of help in the form of providing cakes (homemade or otherwise) and/or attending the morning – so if you are free and would like to help out, please put the date in your diary and look out for more information at the start of next term.

Quiz night – October date tbc

If you’d like to take on the teachers and test your general knowledge over a fish and chip supper, look out for confirmation and booking details for our next Quiz in October.

Happy School Bag

So far we have raised around £900 from the two previous collections. Happy School Bag raises funds for the school while helping the environment and disadvantaged people by keeping valuable reusable resources out of landfill. If you are having a clear out of non-uniform clothes over the summer we can accept CLEAN and REUSABLE non-badged adults and children’s clothing, reusable paired shoes and trainers, Handbags, belts, hats and accessories, bed linen, towels and soft toys and jewellery, toiletries and perfumes. Look out for details in September

More Medieval Mayhem at the Verulam Medieval Festival July 2020  

We received such fabulous feedback from the recent event that we have already booked James Silcox and Reach the Core to return to the school to stage an even bigger and better event next summer. More news to follow but this will be one of Hertfordshire (and England’s) biggest medieval events with two jousting horses providing the only fully simulated jousting experience in the country! There will be even more activities than this year, with tickets representing even better value with ALL activities included. Look out for more information and the confirmed date next term.

Chess Club and Tennis Balls!

Thanks to those of you who have already been in touch regarding these items. Mr Skipper is resurrecting the lunchtime chess club and needs around 15 chess sets. The school have some boards but only a few chess pieces, so if you have an old chess set, or pieces that you could donate, please let us know. The school also run out of tennis balls at a rapid rate, so if you can get hold over any past-their-best balls from local tennis clubs, please let us know.

  • Sign up to easyfundraising to raise money while you shop (98 people have raised £500 since the end of last year) – find the link on the PTA section of the Verulam website
  • Join the Verulam PTA lottery – find the link on the PTA section of the Verulam website
  • Ask your employer if they can offer fund matching for events

It’s been fantastic to hear from several of you about supporting the PTA over the last couple of weeks, so anyone else who is interested please contact [email protected].  Finally, on behalf of the PTA, we wish you all a safe and relaxing summer.


Tuesday 3rd September – Pupil’s First Day of Term

 P1 & 2 Form Time
With form tutors

P3 & 4
P5 & 6
Year 7
Pupils to arrive at 8.35am
Assembly 9.15am and form time
 Break 10.30am
 With Form Tutors
With Form Tutors
Normal lessons
Year 8
Pupils to arrive at 10.30am
10.30am Registration
No break
10.40 Assembly and Form time with Form Tutors
Year 9
Pupils to arrive at 10.30am
10.30am Registration and then break at 10.45am
11.10am Assembly and Form time with Form Tutors
Year 10
Pupils to arrive at 10.30am
10.30am Registration and then break at 10.45am
11.50am Assembly and Form time with Form Tutors
Year 11
Pupils to arrive at 10.30am
10.30am Registration and then break at 10.45am
12.30pm Assembly and Form time with Form tutors
Year 12
Pupils to arrive at 8.35am
Assembly 8.45am
Induction and
Timetables etc
Form tutors
No 6th lessons
Problem resolution
Year 13
Pupils to arrive at 12.00pm
Enrol with Form Tutors
Enrol with Form Tutors
No 6th lessons
Problem resolution

For advice regarding gaining a place at Verulam School for your son via the Continuing Interest process, or for queries regarding appeals, please contact Ms K Bonass on 01727 754102 or [email protected]

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