News from Mr Ramsey

DfE Performance Tables

The 2018 performance tables were published on Thursday, please see link below:

https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/137038/verulam-school

Last year’s Year 11 pupils scored a Progress 8 score of +0.19 compared to the boys’ national average which was –0.25.  Thus although our performance was described as “average”, our boys have achieved almost half a grade better in each subject than boys nationally.

Our target for this Year 11 is to achieve a Progress 8 score of +0.3.

Our Attainment 8 score of 53.2 also compares very favourably with the boys’ national score of 43.8.

Anti Idling

St Albans City  council have asked us to draw parents’ attention to the harm that traffic pollution can do to children:

  • It can damage the growth of their lungs. This means that the lungs of children who have been affected don’t work so well. The damage can last for the rest of their lives.
  • It raises the risk of asthma and allergies. For children who already have asthma, pollution can make it worse.
  • It can damage the development of their brains. Air pollution can reduce children’s intelligence, making it harder for them to learn.
  • It can change their behaviour and reduce their happiness. Air pollution has been linked to anxiety, depression and Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • It raises the risk of heart disease later in their lives.
  • It can cause cancer, both in children and when they become adults.
  • Unborn children can also be affected by the pollution their mothers breathe. Air pollution is linked to babies being born prematurely and small.
  • Pollution inside your car can be much worse than pollution outside, because the fumes are concentrated in the small space.
  • Highest exposure to air pollution caused by engine idling is when sitting in traffic or in a line of vehicles such as at a school pick-up or taxi rank.
  • Children are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution as they breathe 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults.

Part of the problem is that many people are unaware of the link between pollution and health issues. We don’t mean to do this to our children. But once we know how much we are hurting them, we can stop it, by changing the way we travel or if we have to drive, driving more efficiently and switching off our engines when we are stationary.

By driving them to school and by sitting in our cars with the engines idling, we are helping to poison our own children.

Headmaster’s commendations

This week I would like to commend Syed Raza in Year 7, who after contributing to the Water of the World day, asked his parents if he could donate to Water Aid.  They have now started a monthly donation to this charity.

Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for a Payroll and Finance Administrator, Art Technician and Behaviour Coordinator.  The full details of each vacancy are attached to this newsletter and can also be found on our website.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

P A Ramsey

 

 

Year 11 Parents Evening

Wednesday 30th January 2019 – 5.00 to 8.00pm

 All Year 11 students will have made appointments for the forthcoming Year 11 Parents’ Evening which takes place next Wednesday from 5.00 to 8.00pm at Verulam.

It may not have been possible to make appointments with all of your son’s subject teachers as some teachers teach multiple Year 11 classes. If this is the case, the teacher will give written feedback about your son’s progress on the back of the appointment sheet. In general, we would expect students to have made around 6 appointments.  I look forward to seeing you then.

Mr J Tromans

Head of Year 11

 

Parents’ Evening on-line booking trial

On Wednesday 6th February, we will be holding an English Faculty only Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening to update on progress so far and to give guidance on specific areas for improvement for the boys going forward.

We are keen to move away from the current paper based booking system for Parents’ Evenings to an on-line system. On-line bookings will provide parents/carers with a quicker and more efficient system.  However, we are aware that there may be teething problems! We have therefore asked parents/carers of boys in 10X/ENG2 only to trial this system when booking their son’s appointment with Mr Jordan and to send any feedback to [email protected] so that we can iron out any issues going forward.

 How does the new system work?

Simply log on to MCAS and select the Parents Evening tab (on the menu on the left hand side). This will show the available times to book a 5 minute slot with Mr Jordan on the evening. If you have any problems, please email [email protected] and we will be very happy to help.

If this proves successful, we are hoping to roll this out to other Parents’ Evening events.

Ms K Locke

Business Manager

 

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