News from Mr Ramsey

Duke of Edinburgh Award Success

I was delighted this week that a number of ex-Verulam students were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace.

Luke Gibbins, who is currently studying Film Production at the University of Portsmouth, was presented with his award on Monday by the Earl of Wessex. Luke was delighted to meet two fellow ex-Verulam pupils James Mee and Ross Leopold who were receiving their awards. Rhys Armstrong of Year 13 also received his award.




On Wednesday, Mr Toley was also invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party to recognise his contribution to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme over the last 20 years. It is remarkable that the current staff leading our award scheme were themselves pupils who benefitted from this experience whilst at Verulam.
I am extremely grateful to all the staff involved in the DofE scheme who give so much of their free time to help our pupils enjoy the challenges and rewards involved.
I would also like to offer my best wishes to all the Year 10 pupils who are about to embark on their Bronze practice expeditions. Over 100 of them will be hiking and camping in the Chilterns in the coming weeks before taking part in their final expeditions to the New Forest.

Caring job opportunity

For over five years, pupils from the Lower Sixth at Verulam have taken advantage of a job opportunity with a local family caring for a young man with cerebral palsy. This is a wonderful chance to take up highly rewarding paid work which would also be impressive on a university application.
If your son is in Year 11 and is interested in this part time job, please contact Ms K Bonass who can put you in contact with the current incumbent who is seeking a replacement before he leaves for university.

Parent Survey 2019

If you have not yet completed our parents’ survey, I would be very grateful if you could take the time to do so at:

Mrs Harrison

After many years of distinguished service at this school, Mrs Harrison is relocating to Devon at Whitsun. Mr Flack will become the Designed Senior Person for safeguarding and child protection.

My farewell to Mrs Harrison will be included in next week’s Verulam Voice.

P A Ramsey

Premiership football team show their support of Verulam U14’s in their National Cup Final while they strive to win the FA cup

Verulam boys school U14 Team have less than two weeks until they travel to West Bromich Albion FC football stadium ‘The Hawthorns’ as the first team from Hertfordshire to ever reach the final of the ESFA National Elite Cup. This has come as local premiership side Watford have reached the FA cup Final. Watford FC have shown their support of local Hertfordshire School Verulam Under 14’s with a letter signed by Watford striker Troy Deeney, wishing them luck in their upcoming National Final. The U14 Team from Verulam have this year reached the dizzy heights of the final of the most prestigious National Cup in English Schools football.

The boys began to show promise in Year 7 winning all of their matches. As a consequence football coach Mr Ollie Giles took a chance and in Year 8 entered the team into the ESFA National Cup. They won the County Cup for the second year in a row and managed to reach the semi-finals of the National Cup (from a base of nearly a 1000 teams) where they were narrowly beaten by Cardinal Newman school from Brighton.

In Year 9 the boys have won their district cup final against Sir John Lawes the third county cup final in a row this time against Richard Hale and now have the National Elite final to look forward to. The team have played lots of great football and beaten some very prestigious schools along the way – many of which are
affiliated to football academies, train on a daily basis together and have truly outstanding facilities.

On 22nd May, the boys will travel up to West Brom ready for their 11.30am kick off on Thursday 23rd May against Thomas Telford School.

Verulam is a competitive sporting school providing great opportunities for its pupils and is very proud of the amazing achievement of this team.

The squad consists of Sam Hanks (GK), Charlie Taylor (captain), Kyrese Williams, Stanley Woodford (who sadly misses out due to a broken wrist he suffered in the county cup final), Dan O’Toole, Charlie McDonald, Tomas Galvez, William Andiyapan, Vinny Clarke, Harrison Smith, Harrison Shaw, Dominic Ward, Frankie Ward, Kai Neill, Uthmaan Khan, Paulo Overton, Ben Collison, Elliot Johnson and coach Mr Ollie Giles.

Mid Herts Rural Minors League

Congratulations to Sebastian Harth 7B who took part in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League U12 Green Division cup final on Sunday with his football team, Lemsford Youth FC Leopards. We are delighted to report they won 4-1, with Sebastian scoring the second goal. It was a great opportunity for the boys to play at The Hive, home of Barnet FC and they relished every moment.

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]

Help and advice with Secondary Transfer 2019

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