News from Mr Ramsey

Welcome

I would like to begin by welcoming all students, parents and staff to a new school year.

Examination Results

Upper Sixth Succeed!

I am delighted with the performance of our A level students this summer and am pleased that so many gained excellent university places. This has been a very challenging year for both pupils and staff due to the introduction of new more rigorous A levels. I was particularly pleased to see a significant improvement in the proportion of students gaining the
all important A* to B grades that are a passport to the best universities. Overall, 54% of grades awarded this summer were A* to B and 81% of grades were A* to C. This is a significant improvement on last year and I am very proud of the achievements of our students.

GCSE – Boys Buck the Trend

GCSE students also faced the far more difficult exams in English and Maths this summer. 77% of students achieved 5 standard GCSE passes (Grade 4/C or higher) including English and Maths. Overall, 83% of students gained a Grade 4 or higher in English and 83% a Grade 4 or higher in Maths. Full details of examination results can be found on the
school website.

Governor Election

The success of any school is dependent upon good teaching and leadership, support from parents, hard work from pupils and effective governance.

In a well run school, the governors are often invisible to the casual observer but I am always aware of the central role they have played in the improvement of this school.

The governing body has two main roles. Firstly to set out the vision and ethos of the school and secondly to challenge and support the school’s leadership to ensure that we provide the best education for all pupils. Individual governors bring a variety of experience, expertise and interests which help the school.

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor and letters detailing the election and nomination process will be sent out the week commencing 18th September.

If you are interested in this position, please contact my P.A. Ms K Bonass.

Parking

The roads around Verulam School are very narrow and congested. We therefore ask that parents pick up and drop off their children away from the main school site and in particular to avoid both Brampton and Jennings Road. If at all possible, we encourage pupils to walk, cycle or use public transport for their journey to school. It is also vital that parents do not park on the double yellow lines on Brampton/Sandfield Road as vehicles parked here obscure drivers’ line of sight and pose a hazard to students crossing these roads.

Equipped for Learning

Next week Heads of School, Heads of year and I will be checking that all pupils are fully equipped for learning and that uniform is correct.

New Staff

It is a great pleasure to welcome the following staff who are joining us this year:

Head of Maths – Ms F Rosler from Beaumont
Head of Maths – Ms F Rosler from Beaumont School
Head of Art – Mr P McGrath from Parmiter’s
Business & Economics – Mr T Casey
English – Mrs J Mitchell
History – Mr J Pettitt

It is also a great pleasure to welcome back Mr T Massey, Maths and Mr G Waters, P.E. who are both old boys of the school.

I would also like to welcome three trainee teachers: Geography, Mr D Offer, English, Ms V Stockman-Black, Science, Ms H Howells.

P A Ramsey

Blue Peris Trip

The last week of the summer term saw a very successful Year 9 outdoor education trip to Blue Peris in North Wales. The 60 boys who attended were a credit to themselves in terms of both overcoming challenges and behaviour. Letters for Blue Peris 2018 will be sent to Year 9 pupils in the next week or two.

Mr S Hiscock

Wanted….Year 7 Parent Representatives

As a new initiative this year we are looking for Parent Reps for each House in Year 7. We have some exciting events planned for the Autumn term specifically to help Year 7 boys and parents have opportunities to meet and get to know each other. We thought some of you may like to get involved in the planning of these alongside existing parents from the PTA and members of staff.

Our first event is a Year 7 Boys and Parents quiz which will take place on 13th October. It’s always a brilliant event and a great way for you to meet your son’s new friends. You can help by getting a team together and/or helping on the night: those bottles of Prosecco won’t open themselves!

On 1st December there will be a Year 7 Winter Fair: each House will be challenged to run a stall/activity and sell raffle tickets. There will be prizes for the most money raised, innovative idea etc. We will need the Parent Reps to support their son’s House in planning their idea and run their stall. All funds will go to buy items for the school, eg …. Items for the ECCO clubs, Bamboo bikes, outdoor seating, sports kit.

This need not be a role that only one parent per class takes on, there may be a group of you who would like to work together. We know some of you have already set up facebook groups for the year so why not one per House? Please do see the PTA stall at Freshers Fair or make yourself known to me on the evening.

Thanks in advance for your help Miss Nelson.