News from Mr Ramsey

Canteen renewal

In September, Mint “inspired food for education” will be taking over the canteen and introducing a new café to the Sixth Form Centre.  To coincide with this, the canteen and kitchen will receive a major refurbishment.  Mint won the contract in a fiercely competitive tendering process which focussed on both quality and price.  Mint will be offering innovative seasonably influenced menus at breakfast, morning break and lunch.  They are fully committed to delivering a fresh and nutritious meal service that provides students with excellent choice, quality and value. They will continue to offer a meal deal including a freshly prepared main course and pudding for £2.20.  Below is an image of the proposed Sixth Form café area.

Herts Advertiser School Awards

I am delighted to announce that Mrs A  Cornmell and the STEM club were the winners of the Herts Advertiser Schools Award for best Innovation/Project of the Year for their outstanding work this year at STEM Club and in particular their participation in the WaterAid’s Challenge Water 2019.

Commiserations to Mr Pettitt, a finalist for Teacher of the Year (Secondary) and Mrs Harrison, a finalist in Special Recognition Award, Teacher.

Verulam School was a finalist in the category School of the Year (Secondary) however lost out to the eventual winner Sandringham.  Well done to everyone who was nominated and for all your hard work.

Headmaster’s commendations

This week’s Headmaster’s commendations go to the winners of Mr Pettitt’s Medieval “Design a ticket” challenge.  The winning ticket design will be used at the gate and posters will be put up around the school.  Thank you and well done to all 22 entrants.

Winner –  Jacob Hamilton 7P (ticket)

Runners Up –  Angelo Hansen 7C (ticket)

George Nassif 7J (poster)

Austin Kennedy 7P (poster)

Sam Calthrop 7H (poster)

Verulam Medieval Festival – Jennings Road Entrance 30th June 11am-4pm

With a couple of days to go the sun has finally made an appearance and it is set to be sunny, but not too hot on Sunday – perfect weather for a day of medieval merriment. The Festival is open to the whole St. Albans community so please help us spread the word and bring your friends, family & neighbours along. All proceeds will be invested in improving Verulam School’s Sport and Recreational facilities.

Thanks and congratulations to the winners of the Medieval “Design a ticket” challenge. Although the quality of all the entries made judging difficult, Mr Pettitt finally selected designs from the following creative historians!


Winner – Jacob Hamilton 7P (winning design shown here)

Runners Up – Angelo Hansen 7C, George Nassif 7J, Austin Kennedy 7P, Sam Calthrop 7H


TICKETS are available for a discount on the gate price until 9pm on 29th June from or you can pay at the gate where the prize winning ticket design will be available and on display. We hope to see you there.

Finally, a reminder that next Friday 5th July, we finish at 12.45pm for our Facing the Future event.

P A Ramsey



Verulam Ski Team

We are delighted that the Verulam School Ski Race Team came 3rd out of 10 teams in category (Years 7-9) in the London Schools Ski Race on Sunday.

23 Schools fielded teams including some locals (St Albans, Nicholas Breakspear, St Albans High & St Albans Girls).

The Verulam Team was made up of all Year 9 boys. The photo below is the boys being presented with their bronze medals.  Well done boys.

If any boys wish to start race training, please contact Stephen Coombs on 07798 785026.

(L-R) Nicholas Ibbotson, Henry Peet , Louis Pierson, Jacob Coombs and LSSR Event Organiser


Rewards Assemblies

Our end of year Reward Assemblies will take place during the last weeks of term for years 7, 8 and 9.  Due to exams taking place in the final weeks of term, the year 10 and year 12 Reward Assemblies will take place in September at a date to be confirmed.

There will be Subject rewards, Form Tutor rewards and Heads of Year Rewards.

Due to space restrictions in the Hall, attendance will be by invitation only and only parents/carers of boys who will be presented with a reward will be invited.

The Assemblies will be a celebration of everything that has been achieved over the course of this academic year.

The year 7 Reward assembly will take place on Thursday 18th July.

The year 8 Reward assembly will take place on Wednesday 17th July.

The year 9 Reward assembly will take place on Thursday 11th July.

The assemblies will start at 9.00 am and will be finished before 10.00am.

Mr A Flack

Deputy Headteacher


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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