News from Mr Ramsey

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal – A Century of Remembrance

As always the school will be marking Remembrance Day and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by holding remembrance themed assemblies during the week after half term. Prefects will also be selling poppies in form periods during this week.

This year’s Remembrance Day is particularly poignant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In recognition of this, the school will be hosting a presentation of ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’; Peter Jackson’s recently released colour film of World War One footage. A poster advertising the event can be found on the next page of this newsletter. Families are welcome to attend. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Reception.

Consultation on Admissions Criteria for 2020/21

The Government has asked that all schools and admission authorities give priority in their oversubscription criteria to children who have previously been in state care outside of England, and have ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

Verulam, like most Hertfordshire schools, has proposed to adopt this new element into Rule 1 and Rule 2 of our admissions criteria for 2020/21.
Rule 1 already gives priority to looked after children and Rule 2 priority to children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to this school.

We have also taken the opportunity of this consultation to increase the Published Admission Number for external Sixth Form students from 30 to 50.
A copy of the proposed admission criteria for 2020/21 is attached to this newsletter and can also be found on the schools website. Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation, should email the Headmaster’s P.A. Ms K Bonass at [email protected] The school has not received many applications from looked after children in the past, and we do not believe that this change will materially affect admissions.

The change to the Sixth Form Published Admission Number will of course allow us to admit more external Sixth Form students should we choose to. This would in no way affect internal Verulam students who automatically gain access to the Sixth Form if they meet the academic admissions criteria.

Finally, I would like to wish all parents, pupils and staff a very restful and enjoyable half term break after what has been a most successful half term.

P A Ramsey

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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