News from Mr Ramsey

Start of term

I would like to wish all parents, pupils and staff a very happy Easter Holiday and to remind you that the summer term starts on Tuesday 25th April at 8.35am. As we announced last week, summer uniform will be in force from this date. Uniform details can be found under the policies section of the School website.

Condition Improvement Fund Bid Success

I am pleased to announce that this year’s bid for funding from the Academy Condition Improvement Fund has been successful. We bid for a project to refurbish the exterior of the Business/RE block and to replace the existing windows in Art and the History/ Science corridor.

The Government awarded us £100,000 towards to this £150,000 project which will commence later this summer. We will combine the completion of these works with the creation of our new STEM lab in S2.

Changes for the summer term 2017

Revised Mobile Phone Policy

Unfortunately some pupils have not been able to follow the Mobile Phone Policy that was introduced earlier this year. We have, therefore, decided to simplify our approach by banning the use of mobiles in school from Years 7-11 as they cause disruption to learning. From the start of the Summer term:

  • Pupils may bring mobile phones into school
  • They should be switched off at all times and placed in a blazer pocket or bag.
  • Phones may not be used for communication, games or music during the day. Any phone that is seen may be confiscated.
  • Confiscated phones will be returned by the Headmaster and repeat offenders will have their phone confiscated until the end of the week.

Revised Open School Policy

At Verulam we are proud of our Open School policy which allows pupils to use their form rooms at lunch and break. Unfortunately pupils have been unable to keep their rooms litter free, and so from the start of the summer term, we are banning the consumption of food in classrooms. In order to reduce litter, we are also insisting that canteen food is eaten inside the canteen, the Canteen Quad or Year 7 and 8 playgrounds. No food may be transported through the school.

P A Ramsey

Revision Update

Year 11 English Revision

Students have been provided with 4 different A3 work books covering the key texts for the English Literature exam. These have been prepared by the English Faculty in order to target specific exam techniques and content. It is essential that boys make good use of this material and spend adequate time working through these during the Easter break.

Year 10 ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry unit

Boys will be issued with an anthology of poems on the theme of ‘Power and Conflict’, they will be studying these poems for their GCSE Literature exam. The anthologies are supplied free of charge, but cannot be replaced and will become important revision material next year. Please ensure that your son has written his name and form clearly on the front cover and impress upon him the need to look after this book during the coming year.

Year 9 English texts

A parentmail has been sent home regarding the texts boys will require for the beginning of the Summer term. These texts can be purchased from school as per the email. The aim is for the boys to read these texts in their reading lessons before studying them in detail in class in Year 10.

Meanwhile in Maths

Mrs Miller has kindly arranged that all boys have plenty of revision work for the Easter holiday and the final run in to examinations. At this stage, addressing areas of weakness and repeated exam practice is the key to achieving target grades.

  • Pupils should use their Mathswatch revision plan to revise areas of weakness. They should particularly focus on questions where they did not score marks in the recent Pixl exams.
  • Boys have also been given a full set of Edexcel practice papers which should be completed as should the three blue homework exams papers.

Year 11 News

Year 11 will have 14 school days remaining on their return from the Easter break. All boys should ensure they are following a consistent and structured work plan throughout the break which targets their areas of weakness in all of their subjects. Full reports have been handed out at the end of term. Act on this feedback immediately to give yourself the best chance of success.

Mr N Dannie

Head of Year 11