News from Mr Ramsey

Deputy Headteacher Appointment

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr A Flack as Deputy Headteacher from September 2018. Mr Flack will be responsible for all pastoral aspects of the school including behaviour. He will also be responsible for staff development.

Mr Flack is currently the Assistant Headteacher responsible for running the large, outstanding rated Sixth Form at the Jewish Free School in North London where he has worked for a number of years.

Equipped for Learning

Please could all parents read the equipped for learning note at the end of this newsletter with their son/ daughter over half term and ensure they return ready to learn for the rest of the summer term.

Road safety

The roads around Verulam School are very narrow and congested. We therefore ask that parents pick up and drop off their children away from the main school
site and in particular to avoid both Brampton and Jennings Road. If at all possible, we encourage pupils to walk, cycle or use public transport for their journey to school. It is also vital that parents do not park on the double yellow lines on Brampton/Sandfield Road as vehicles parked here obscure drivers’ line of sight and pose a hazard to students crossing these roads. Similarly, I would be grateful if parents could talk to cyclists about safe cycling and consideration for other road users.

Book polishing

On our return to school in the week commencing 4th June, all pupils in Years 7 to 10 and Year 12 will be asked to undertake book polishing as homework. This involves ensuring all notes and exercise books are up to date, missing work is completed and that all sheets and handouts are correctly affixed. It is also useful for pupils to ensure they have responded to comments or requests from teachers.

Summer Uniform

Summer Uniform regulations come into force on the Monday after half-term. The rules are as follows:

Either, pupils can wear normal full school uniform or, a tailored short sleeved shirt – with a Verulam badge – worn outside the trousers, or a short or long sleeved shirt – without a Verulam badge – shirt must be tucked in and a school tie must be worn.

The Sixth Form should continue to wear shirts and ties, but may dispense with jackets. Female Sixth Form students must maintain a high standard of business dress. Skirts must be knee length and skirts and tops should be appropriate for a business environment. Strappy tops or dresses are not permitted.

Pupils may not wear jumpers, hoodies, jackets or training shoes.

If the weather is cold, pupils should return to wearing full school uniform.

If you have any queries, please see your Head of Year or Form Tutor.

P A Ramsey

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