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

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