News from Mr Ramsey

New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all parents, pupils and staff a very prosperous 2018.

Senior Prize Giving

We started the year with a celebration of achievement, service and excellence as we welcomed senior prize winners to the hall on Thursday evening for the annual Prize Giving. Last year’s leavers and current Sixth Form were presented prizes by an ex-pupil Mr Ben Neary. Ben, 2003 alumni, has enjoyed an illustrious career in the Parachute Regiment, during which he served in Afghanistan and rose to the rank of Major. He now works for a highly successful leadership development company working with blue chip clients in London. A heartfelt congratulations to all our prize winners.

Behaviour for Learning

In order to optimise good Behaviour for Learning and further promote a positive culture of recognition and praise across the school, Verulam is making some amendments to the rewards and consequences system from 8th January onwards.

I will be awarding commendations on an ongoing weekly basis to pupils who have gone above and beyond in terms of their extra-curricular success, peer support, behaviour and academic performance and effort. Staff can recommend your son/daughter to me for this weekly commendation, and I will notify you in writing of this accolade.

The detention system has been amended in order to ensure that any pupil who does not adhere to the Verulam code of conduct receives a suitable sanction as a consequence. A full guide for parents of the amendments is attached. All pupils were informed of the changes in assembly on their return to school New Year.

Sixth Form Open Evening

The Sixth Form Open Evening for A Level and BTEC Courses starting in September 2018 will be on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 7.00pm. This evening is for Verulam Year 11 students and any external students looking to join us for KS5. Further details of the application process can be found on the Verulam website.

Equipped for Learning

Please could all parents read and discuss the school rules outlined at the end of this newsletter with their son and ensure that they comply with them.

P A Ramsey


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