News from Mr Ramsey

Open Morning and Open Weeks

I would like to thank all those pupils, staff and parents who are taking part in this year’s Open Day tomorrow. It is always a pleasure to see Verulam buzzing with pupils who are so proud of their school. We are following up this key event with three weeks of tours which will take place every morning.


I am delighted to say that this year we have so far collected 3,432 items for the St Albans Food Bank. The competition between year groups for the most donations has proved interesting this year with the table currently looking like this:

  1. Year 7 801
  2. Year 9 752
  3. Year 8 734
  4. Sixth Form 437
  5. Year 11 285
  6. Year 10 281

Our aim this year is to reach the target of 5,000 donations. We are, therefore, extending the donation deadline until Tuesday morning (3rd October). In order to encourage a response, I have decided to give pupils a MUFTI day if we succeed in reaching this target. Donations should be left in the canteen on Monday and Tuesday mornings. I would like to thank all parents for their generosity and support for this important charity.

Abbey Service

This year’s annual service of Thanksgiving and Dedication takes place on Friday 20th October at St Albans Abbey at 2pm and concludes shortly after 3pm.

I would like to alert all parents in advance that pupils are dismissed from the Abbey. The Greenwood bus will also collect pupils from Westminster Lodge car park.

Although this is a Christian service, it is enjoyed by pupils of all religions and it is an important community event for the whole school.
This year’s theme is “Be Mindful” and we are supporting the excellent local youth counselling service, Youth Talk. This is an excellent way to end the term and I would be delighted for as many parents to attend as possible. Any parent interested in taking a more active role could also join the school choir. If you are interested, please contact Mr Southorn.


We still have vacancies for cover supervisors and lunchtime supervisors. If you are interested, please contact Ms Bonass at [email protected] for more information.

P A Ramsey

FEED 2017 – Supporting St. Albans Food Bank

As part of the school’s educational role, we aim to help pupils think about important community and social issues. This wider education is vital in helping young men and women to become successful members of society.

To start the term, we decided to look at an issue which was both local and accessible to all pupils. Food poverty is an increasing problem in the UK and research shows a significant rise in demand with over a million people being supported by food banks in 2015.

St. Albans is fortunate enough to benefit from a well organised and supported programme known as The Feed Project. Each local secondary school supports this food bank for one month of the year. Verulam sponsors September and due to the generosity of parents and enthusiasm of students we have been able to collect a record number of items for the food bank in the last three years.

This year we aim to collect 5000 items for the Feed Project. We have increased our target as the School almost reached this number last year!
As part of this year’s appeal, we have asked pupils to consider the principle of richness; who is richer – someone who has more money than they could ever spend, or someone who gives half of that money to people who really need it? What does richness really mean?

I would be very grateful if parents would consider supporting this very worthy charity. A list of items that can be donated can be seen below:

  • Coffee, tea, sugar, longlife milk, fruit juice/squash
  • Tinned meat/vegetables
  • Rice, pasta, noodles, cooking sauces
  • Tinned puddings, custard, jam/spreads
  • Cereals, cereal bars, biscuits
  • Shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Washing up liquid/powder, toilet rolls
  • Nappies

Students should bring their donations to school in the morning and leave them in the dining hall where they are counted and sent off to the Feed project. In order to encourage competition between the boys, the year group who donates the most items will be awarded a non uniform day towards the end of this half term.
Items can be sent in from Monday 18th to Friday 29th September.

Miss L Hickey

Head of Year 8

Alban Federation Teacher Training

Verulam is a member of the Alban Federation partnership in the area of teacher training. Each year the Federation trains a large number of adults (53 in 2017/18), either straight from University with their degrees, or people who are changing careers and places them in a host school for the year to enable them to complete their training and gain Qualified Teacher Status. All applications are submitted through UCAS (the University Admission System) and this is scheduled to open on 26th October 2017, for courses starting in September 2018. Courses are available for both Primary and Secondary programmes, with salaries or bursaries available for suitably qualified candidates in many subjects.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and would like to find out more about how to apply and what is involved, we are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 14th October 2017 in the Sixth Form Centre at Sandringham School in St Albans. It runs from 9.30am to midday and you are more than welcome to come along and meet current trainees and course tutors. Equally, if you know of anyone who is keen to train to teach, this will be a very useful event for them to attend.

Further details can be obtained from the school by contacting [email protected] or direct from Alban Federation team via [email protected]