News from Mr Ramsey

Attendance/Leave of Absence

It is through good attendance that pupils maximise their full potential, enhancing their school life chances for the future. Missing school means missing out on learning and this can have an impact on development and attainment. There is a strong link between attendance and attainment.

The law states that children of statutory school age who are on roll at a school or academy must attend regularly and punctually.

Attendance Data

The link between attendance and good examination results is very clear at Verulam. Last year, pupils with 100% attendance made over half a GCSE grade’s progress more than the national average in every subject. Whereas, pupils with less than 90% attendance achieved 1 grade’s progress less in every subject. We believe that all pupils should aim for 97% attendance which is our school target. Please see the table below for Attendance and Attainment data for last year’s Year 11.

AttendanceNumber of BoysAchievement
8 Score
Progress
8
Score
% Making Positive Progress
100%5762.86+0.68477%
95%+8049.97+0.12958%
90 - 95%2645.38+0.01839%
Less than 90%1226.71-1.318%

Maximising School Attendance

  • Children need to go to school regularly and punctually
  • Verulam’s attendance target is 97% and above.
  • If you are having problems getting your child to school, please contact us. We will discuss the attendance issues with you and work together to put a plan in place.
  • Develop consistent evening and morning routines with your child.
  • Regularly talk to your child about their school day.
  • Please try to book medical appointments after school
  • If your child is unwell please call the absence line by9.00am on 01727 754101 and leave name, form and reason for absence on each day of absence.
  • Pupils need to arrive at school on time. The school day starts at 8.35am.Headmaster’s CommendationsThis week’s commendations go to Murray Moulsdale in 7Y for courtesy and to Michael Lawman, Jez O’Donnell, Scott Redshaw and Matthew Stevens who took part in the UKMT

Headmaster’s Commendations

This week’s commendations go to Murray Moulsdale in 7Y for courtesy and to Michael Lawman, Jez O’Donnell, Scott Redshaw and Matthew Stevens who took part in the UKMT senior team challenge East of England this week at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead and came 9th. Congratulations and well done boys.

VCT Trustee

The Verulam Charitable Trust is an organisation which seeks to raise money soley for the benefit of Verulam school pupils. The Trust board consists of myself and a number of current and ex-governors. We are now seeking to select a trustee from the parent body who would have a specific focus on fundraising. If you have a background or experience in fundraising and would like to discuss joining the VCT board, please contact Ms K Bonass on: [email protected] who can arrange for an informal discussion with myself.

P A Ramsey

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