News from Mr Ramsey

Moving Forward – Multi-Academy Trust

For some time, the Department of Education and government have been encouraging schools to join Multi-Academy Trusts where schools support each other, raise achievement and make the best use of financial resources.

As you may recall, one aspect of our post-Ofsted action plan was to investigate the possibility of joining a Multi-Academy Trust. The governing body has investigated a number of options and decided unanimously to apply to join the Alban Academies Trust which was founded by Sandringham School, our long-term partners in the BeauSandVer consortium. We believe this will enable the school to improve and make swift progress to good and then outstanding Ofsted judgements.
In making this decision, the governing body was determined to ensure that:

    • We achieve the best outcomes for students now and in the future
    • We retain our existing character, ethos and identity
    • We remain a single sex school from Years 7-11
    • Joining a Multi-Academy Trust helps us to make swift progress
    • Our long term financial sustainability is ensured.

Working as part of the Alban Academies Trust will give Verulam exciting opportunities to work in partnership with the other member schools and to develop teaching and learning. Importantly, we also have an excellent existing relationship with Sandringham and have worked successfully together for over 25 years as part of the post-16 consortium. Our application will shortly be submitted to the Department of Education and then for approval by a Regional School Commissioner’s Headteacher Board. Should this be successful, Verulam would become part of the Alban Academies Trust in September 2018.
We would like to stress that Verulam will maintain its current character and ethos and will not in any way be “re-branded”.
We will ensure that parents are kept informed of this process and look forward to inviting parents to an information evening about joining the Alban Academies Trust if our initial application is approved.

Headmaster’s Commendations

I would like to commend Luke McAndrew from Year 9 for his interest and enthusiasm for Holocaust education and the excellent questions he asked during the Sixth Form lecture.

P A Ramsey