News from Mr Ramsey

Ofsted Update

Last Friday we were informed that we would receive our first Ofsted monitoring visit on Tuesday this week. As parents may know, this visit normally lasts one day allowing for a judgement to be made as to whether the school is making good progress towards removal from serious weaknesses. We were delighted that after the first day Her Majesty’s inspector decided to convert this visit into a full Section 5 inspection. This meant that a full team of 6 inspectors returned for the second day.

The school will now receive a full Ofsted report giving us fresh judgements in every area and a new rating for overall effectiveness.

During the visit, inspectors met with members of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss teaching and learning, pupil progress and outcomes, safeguarding, pupil development behaviour and welfare and provision in the Sixth Form. Inspectors also visited many lessons, met five separate groups of pupils and spent a very large amount of time talking to pupils whilst observing break, lunch and transitions.

The behaviour of the boys throughout this week has been exemplary and it has been a pleasure to see them so proud of their school. I would also like to congratulate staff on their passion, commitment and the excellent lessons they prepared and taught through the week.

I am unable to give any feedback as to the inspectors’ findings, however, I am eagerly anticipating the publication of the report.

GCSE

On Friday afternoon, Year 12 pupils and parents attended a formal celebration event in the hall organised by Mr Flack. Pupils were presented with prizes for their performance at GCSE and Jack English, who is currently training to become a pilot, gave an address. Jack reflected upon his time at Verulam and gave advice to the students about how they could make the most of the wonderful opportunities the school provides during their time in the Sixth Form. Jack described being a Sixth Form buddy on the Lake District trip as a real highlight and an opportunity to put into practice the leadership skills he had developed.

The school was pleased to welcome Vice Chair of Governors, Mr Acton, who commended the students on a wonderful set of results.

P A Ramsey

Alban Federation Partnership

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 (51 in 2018/19), 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 year the application window is scheduled to open on 9th October 2018, for courses starting in September 2019. Courses are available in 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 13th October 2018 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, senior school staff and federation team members. 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 Mr Giles [email protected].uk or direct from Alban Federation team via [email protected]

Mr O Giles

Professional Mentor

ECCO Club

ECCO Chess Club is getting increasingly popular and so could do with more chess boards/sets.

If you have an old set at home that isn’t used, the Verulam chess players would love to give it a new home. Please send any donations to Reception.

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