Year 7 Reward Breakfast

This week 31 Year 7 boys enjoyed a reward breakfast with Mrs Nelson, Mrs Harrison and Mr Flack for achieving 750 reward   points to date.



Well deserved breakfast rolls, hot chocolate and juice were enjoyed by all.

Year 9 Football Success

Following the first defeat of the season for Year 9 footballers in the ESFA national cup (the competition that they reached the last four to the semi-final last year) the boys went into the Elite national cup quarter final on the back of this defeat, a big response was required. The Friday before the game the boys received the team sheet from the opposition declaring six Academy footballers from Wimbledon, Crystal Palace and Chelsea, this along with their previous defeat left the boys very nervy going into this huge last 8 quarter final of the most prestigious competition at School boy football in the country.

The game started with Verulam dominating the play due to pure dedication and hard work to pressure the opposition and move off the ball when in possession. Five minutes into the game Verulam’s dominance was rewarded when captain Charlie Taylor played the ball down the right to Vinny Clarke who played an awesome whipped right footed cross into the box perfectly for the deadly finisher of Harrison Smith. Harrison flicked the ball up and volleyed the ball over the keepers head into the roof of the net. More Verulam dominance led to a second goal on the 20 minute mark, Charlie McDonald played a neat pass to Smith upfront and an unselfish ball through to Marcus Rashford replicating Harrison Shaw, resulted in a great first touch and powerfully struck shot across the box, a carve and copy of Rashford’s finish for united against Tottenham that weekend.

Whitgift had a few counter attacks where Stanley Woodford and Kyrese Williams dominated their academy strikers to keep the score 2-0 at the half. Second half Whitgift came out strong with some big chances to score but Alfie Chambers in goal made some amazing saves to keep Verulam in the game. Almost against the run of play Verulam then broke.  Will Andiyapan played a great pass down the line to Harrison Smith.  Harrison dribbled the ball into the centre and slipped it through to Will Andiyapan, who had continued his run, and Harrison Shaw finished well on the second time of asking due to a great first save from their keeper. The game at 3-0 looked comfortable until the last 20 minutes where Whitgift nicked a goal and then with 10 minutes to play Whitgift pin balled a ball back and forth in the box which ended up in the back of the net.

The last ten minutes were extremely nervy, but the boys held on and reached a second national semi-final (last four in the country) in two years. Much of this was courtesy of some high quality defending from man of the match Stanley Woodford.  However this year in the highest level competition the Elite national cup. An away fixture in the semi-final in either Norwich or Kent awaits the boys with county cup and district cup games to come before that semi-final. Good luck to the boys in all competitions.


Mr O Giles

PE Department


New from Mr Ramsey

Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all pupils, parents and staff a happy and successful new year.

New Staff

I am delighted to be able to introduce the following colleagues who have joined our staff:

Miss McInally, a Humanities/History specialist has joined the school as a Head of Year and will initially be taking over as Head of Year 7 when Mrs Nelson departs on maternity leave.

Mrs Inskip, who trained at the school, has returned as a full time member of the English department.

Miss Jones, a Chemistry specialist, has joined the Science Department.

We also continue to develop the pastoral team at the school with the arrival of the highly experienced Ms Moss as Pastoral Support Officer.

An ex-pupil, Mr T Blaxill, returns to join us as a Cover Supervisor and it is also a pleasure to welcome our Alban Federation trainee teachers Dr N Burgess, Chemistry and Mr R Cheale, Physics.

Pastoral developments on four paws!

Our final new member of staff, of the four legged variety, is Bobby, our new School Welfare Dog.

Research has shown that pupils and staff benefit enormously having pets, particularly dogs in school as they support social and emotional needs and development. I was particularly keen to support this initiative from Mrs Southward, our receptionist, who is Bobby’s owner.

Bobby, a Coton De Tulear, is only 10 weeks old and starts Puppy School on Monday 21st January. He will be supervised at all times by a member of staff and will never be alone with students. He was chosen as his breed is hypoallergenic, child friendly and easy to train. In fact, this breed is identified as one of the best for children.

He has had a great week settling into Verulam life. He has already spent time in the Key Stage 3 office and the Sixth Form. He is a hit with staff and students with regular visitors to reception throughout the day. He will play a full and active role in the school, here to support students and staff alike !

Sixth Form Information Evening

I would like to invite all Year 11 parents and pupils to the Sixth Form Information Evening on Tuesday 15th January. The evening starts with an introduction in the hall at 7pm followed by presentations by individual subject leaders.

Mr Dannie, Mr Skipper and myself are also available all evening to discuss individual queries and to provide advice on all post 16 options.

The evening is also open to external candidates. Please feel free to invite any other Year 11 students to come along.

Verulam Charitable Trust

We are seeking to recruit a parent who would be willing to audit the accounts of the Verulam Charitable Trust on a pro bono basis. If you are interested in this post, please contact Kelly Bonass at [email protected] for more details.

P A Ramsey

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