News from Mr Ramsey

Examination Success

I would like to congratulate students on their success in GCSE and A-Level examinations this summer. Verulam pupils surpassed their targets this year and achieved a predicted Progress 8 score of + 0.238 meaning that on average they achieved nearly half a grade higher than boys nationally in 2018. (Boys national Progress 8 Score 2018 -0.25)

John Tromans, Head of Year 11, congratulated all the boys on their impressive results and was particularly pleased with strong results in a wide range of subjects. “I am delighted with our haul of 67 Level 9 grades – these really show how hard our boys have worked.” Head of English, Phyllis Avery, was delighted by Year 10 pupils who sat their GCSE English Literature examination a year early and achieved an 88% pass rate at level 4 or above and with a third of pupils achieving the highest 7 to 9 grades. A number of pupils’ performance was particularly impressive as they achieved a grade 3 or 4 levels higher than their targets. A–Level results were positive with 40% of grades at A/ B level which enabled pupils to gain prestigious University places and apprenticeships. 83% of the Year group moved onto University study with over 40% of places at top universities. Other students are pursuing apprenticeships, travelling abroad and training as a journalist and a pilot!

New Staff

I would like to introduce the following staff who have joined the school:

Mr Emsley joins us as Assistant Headteacher responsible for intervention at Key Stage 4 and 5 Ms Cazorla-Montilla to teach Modern Foreign Languages

Mr Forsyth joins the Art Department to teach Art and Photography

Mr Giles joins Social Sciences to teach Psychology Ms Parker Teacher of Drama

Ms Reid Teacher of Geography

Ms Moreland joins us to train to teach Mathematics Ms Clark joins the SEN department as a Learning Support Assistant

Mr Mack and Mr Springate join as Cover Supervisors Ms Mills-Pullen as a Behaviour Officer.

My ChildAt SchoolApp

This year we are launching the MCAS app which will make it easier to access information about your son or daughter’s life at school via your phone. I have attached a document to this newsletter explaining log in information for parents.

Traffic Congestion and Road Safety

I would be very grateful if parents could avoid collecting or dropping off students on either Brampton or Jennings Road as the resulting congestion is dangerous to students, has the potential to cause accidents and is upsetting for our neighbours. We would encourage students to cycle or walk to school wherever possible as this gives them the best possible start to the day. Obviously cycle helmets are essential.

As pupils leave by both pedestrian and vehicle gates at the end of school, parents are requested not to enter the site to collect their children. It is much easier and quicker if parents can rendezvous with students in the other roads a short walking distance from the school Hatfield Road or Morrisons’ car park. It is particularly important that parents do not stop on the zig zag or double yellow lines outside the school as doing this blocks the sight lines for both drivers and pedestrians and has resulted in accidents in the past.

Headmaster’s commendations

This week’s commendations go to the following Year 10 students who achieved 4 grades above target in their English Literature GCSE:

Corey Allen

Morgan Deamer

Taha Abdullah

William Miller

A fantastic achievement boys, well done.

P A Ramsey

Verulam’s catering gets a face lift

Your son or daughter may well have come home this week to tell you about the new Sixth Form café or the fully refurbished dining room and kitchen. You may be wondering what this is all about….so we thought we’d show you.

The Sixth Form has gained a new café – open from 8am in the morning until 2.30pm in the afternoon. It serves coffee from a truly space age looking coffee machine, tea, smoothies and all the usual drinks. It also serves hot food, sandwiches, fruit and puddings. The Sixth formers can now get delicious, healthy lunch and snacks throughout the day and they have a redecorated and newly carpeted social area in which to eat and take a break from studying.

The Sixth Form now also has 2 large areas in which the Sixth Formers can study when not in lessons. The first is a group study area and the second is a completely silent individual study area. The Sixth form team: Mr Base, Mrs Harding and Mr Fletcher are on hand to supervise and support the students.

The kitchen and dining room have been refurbished and the menu has been updated and extended. It is open for breakfast, break and lunch. Food is being made from scratch with a main meal every day plus vegetarian and vegan options. This week’s menu has included roast pork with roast potatoes, stuffing and seasonal vegetables, tomato, feta and pesto tart, and penne arrabiata. There are hot and cold puddings and a particular favourite – chocolate brownies where the sugar has been replaced with dates – tastes gorgeous and totally healthy.

As you can imagine, we have many more students using the dining room and café. We want to make sure that they can all be served as quickly as possible. You can help us to do this by making sure that your child’s card always has money on it. To do this, simply log in to your Parent Mail account, go to Accounts, then Dinner Top Up and use your debit or credit card to add money.

Kate Locke School Business Manager

Enrichment Clubs

Please see attached the list of enrichment clubs that we are offering this term. There is a variety of clubs covering all areas of the curriculum.

Lunchtime clubs – students should attend the club and then go to lunch afterwards. The newly refurbished canteen is open until 1.30pm, and there will be a full range of food and drinks available at this time. Students must arrive at afternoon registration on time.

After School clubs – Clubs will last for one hour after school and will finish at 4.30pm. There is no late school bus and all students are expected to make their own way home.

All these clubs are free to students. We are hoping to expand the range of clubs on offer. This may include some clubs for which we will request a contribution to the cost of the club.

If you are interested in running a club or would like to recommend an organisation who is able to add to our programme, please contact Mr Flack via email. ([email protected])

Verulam Enrichment Clubs

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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