News from Mr Ramsey

Attendance/Leave of Absence

It is through good attendance that pupils maximise their full potential, enhancing their school life chances for the future. Missing school means missing out on learning and this can have an impact on development and attainment. There is a strong link between attendance and attainment.

The law states that children of statutory school age who are on roll at a school or academy must attend regularly and punctually.

Attendance Data

The link between attendance and good examination results is very clear at Verulam. Last year, pupils with 100% attendance made over half a GCSE grade’s progress more than the national average in every subject. Whereas, pupils with less than 90% attendance achieved 1 grade’s progress less in every subject. We believe that all pupils should aim for 97% attendance which is our school target. Please see the table below for Attendance and Attainment data for last year’s Year 11.

AttendanceNumber of BoysAchievement
8 Score
Progress
8
Score
% Making Positive Progress
100%5762.86+0.68477%
95%+8049.97+0.12958%
90 - 95%2645.38+0.01839%
Less than 90%1226.71-1.318%

Maximising School Attendance

  • Children need to go to school regularly and punctually
  • Verulam’s attendance target is 97% and above.
  • If you are having problems getting your child to school, please contact us. We will discuss the attendance issues with you and work together to put a plan in place.
  • Develop consistent evening and morning routines with your child.
  • Regularly talk to your child about their school day.
  • Please try to book medical appointments after school
  • If your child is unwell please call the absence line by9.00am on 01727 754101 and leave name, form and reason for absence on each day of absence.
  • Pupils need to arrive at school on time. The school day starts at 8.35am.Headmaster’s CommendationsThis week’s commendations go to Murray Moulsdale in 7Y for courtesy and to Michael Lawman, Jez O’Donnell, Scott Redshaw and Matthew Stevens who took part in the UKMT

Headmaster’s Commendations

This week’s commendations go to Murray Moulsdale in 7Y for courtesy and to Michael Lawman, Jez O’Donnell, Scott Redshaw and Matthew Stevens who took part in the UKMT senior team challenge East of England this week at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead and came 9th. Congratulations and well done boys.

VCT Trustee

The Verulam Charitable Trust is an organisation which seeks to raise money soley for the benefit of Verulam school pupils. The Trust board consists of myself and a number of current and ex-governors. We are now seeking to select a trustee from the parent body who would have a specific focus on fundraising. If you have a background or experience in fundraising and would like to discuss joining the VCT board, please contact Ms K Bonass on: [email protected] who can arrange for an informal discussion with myself.

P A Ramsey

REMINDER – MUFTI Day

29th November 2018

The first half term has proven extremely successful in our attempt as a Senior Prefect Team to raise money for Herts Young Homeless. We firstly want to thank all parents and students for getting involved and helping us to raise as much money for the charity as possible. With the start of this new half term, we are excited to continue raising awareness and money for the charity so that we can support the fantastic work they do to the best of our abilities.

On the 29th November, Verulam School is having a Mufti Day where students can wear non-school uniform for a donation of £1 which will go directly to Herts Young Homeless. Preferably, we would like boys to wear an item of purple clothing or to bring in their purple Herts Young Homeless wristband to support awareness of the charity. We are excited to see how much money we can raise for the charity, and look forward to reporting back on all the fantastic progress the charity has made due to your generous donations.

Hana Walker

Head Girl

REMINDER – Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday 13th December 2018

You are invited to our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols this December. As is tradition, all music will be performed by the students of Verulam.

The evening has an informal start from 6.30pm with a glass of warming mulled wine and a mince pie, whilst listening to Verulam’s musicians playing a medley of Christmas songs. As in previous years, the hall will be lit by candles as we recreate the atmosphere of a traditional carol service. The festival itself will run from 7pm – 8pm.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for what has proved to be a popular evening. Ticket price is £5 per adult ticket (children and students free) which covers the cost of refreshments and a small donation to the charity Herts Young Homeless.

A ParentMail has been sent with a reply slip which will need to be included with your cash or cheque (made payable to Verulam School) and returned to main school reception to ensure a seat (tickets will be sent home via your child) or alternatively you can buy tickets on the door.

Mr R J Hall

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