News from Mr Ramsey

Moving Forward – Multi-Academy Trust

For some time, the Department of Education and government have been encouraging schools to join Multi-Academy Trusts where schools support each other, raise achievement and make the best use of financial resources.

As you may recall, one aspect of our post-Ofsted action plan was to investigate the possibility of joining a Multi-Academy Trust. The governing body has investigated a number of options and decided unanimously to apply to join the Alban Academies Trust which was founded by Sandringham School, our long-term partners in the BeauSandVer consortium. We believe this will enable the school to improve and make swift progress to good and then outstanding Ofsted judgements.
In making this decision, the governing body was determined to ensure that:

    • We achieve the best outcomes for students now and in the future
    • We retain our existing character, ethos and identity
    • We remain a single sex school from Years 7-11
    • Joining a Multi-Academy Trust helps us to make swift progress
    • Our long term financial sustainability is ensured.

Working as part of the Alban Academies Trust will give Verulam exciting opportunities to work in partnership with the other member schools and to develop teaching and learning. Importantly, we also have an excellent existing relationship with Sandringham and have worked successfully together for over 25 years as part of the post-16 consortium. Our application will shortly be submitted to the Department of Education and then for approval by a Regional School Commissioner’s Headteacher Board. Should this be successful, Verulam would become part of the Alban Academies Trust in September 2018.
We would like to stress that Verulam will maintain its current character and ethos and will not in any way be “re-branded”.
We will ensure that parents are kept informed of this process and look forward to inviting parents to an information evening about joining the Alban Academies Trust if our initial application is approved.

Headmaster’s Commendations

I would like to commend Luke McAndrew from Year 9 for his interest and enthusiasm for Holocaust education and the excellent questions he asked during the Sixth Form lecture.

P A Ramsey

My Fear vs The World

The school is fortunate to have a very talented staff many of whom have interests outside of school.
Mr Jordan, of the English Department is also an accomplished theatre director and playwright. He talks below about his latest play which is now in production.

“I wrote the play ‘My Fear vs The World’ specifically for the Company of Teens group at the Abbey Theatre, a company I’ve been involved with on and off for a number of years. I wanted to write something about how daunting the world can feel for young people nowadays and think back to some of the fears I had as a teenager. What came out as a result of this was an ensemble piece that looks at both the silly and the monumental fears that we all face as we grow up. Charting through different stages of life, the play is at times funny and at others poignant as it addresses how young people can find their way in the world when burdened by so many fears. Over the past few months, I’ve been amazed at how this talented group of actors has taken what I’ve written and really brought it to life. I would love for our students to see the play in the hope that it gives them some perspective on the fears that often seem so all-encompassing.”

‘My Fear vs The World’ will be featured as part of the Welwyn Youth Drama Festival next week and will be performed again at the Abbey Theatre next Thursday 8th March and Friday 9th March. Tickets are available through the Abbey Theatre website.

Ian Jordan

Key Stage 5 English Co-ordinator

Spanish and French GCSE speaking exams

The Spanish and French GCSE speaking exams will take place the week beginning 23rd of April 2018.

MFL Department

Successful Ofsted Inspection at Verulam School

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