BSV Education Trust Information Evening

Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Verulam School 7.00pm or Beaumont School 8.00pm

For over twenty years, Beaumont, Sandringham and Verulam schools have worked very closely with each other to provide students with the widest possible curriculum choice at Post 16. This was recently formalised through the formation of the BeauSandVer Education Trust.

At the information evening on Thursday 2nd November we will introduce the curriculum options available and the routes forward beyond Year 11 and will provide information about the BSV application process.

In January, each school will hold an “Into the Sixth” evening offering much more subject-specific detail and opportunities be able to speak to staff and students about individual curriculum choices.

If you require further information please contact Mrs A J Harding,  [email protected]

Read more about the BSV Education Trust Sixth Form


Verulam Voice Issue 6 – 2017/18 published

The latest online version of the Verulam Voice has been published.

News from Mr Ramsey

Ofsted Inspection

I would like to thank all parents who responded to the Ofsted survey this week and those parents who came to meet the inspectors on Wednesday afternoon.
We will not receive the report for at least a month, however we will inform parents of the outcome as soon as it has arrived.

The Department of Education Performance Tables

The draft version of the 2017 GCSE and A Level performance tables has now been published.
As always with statistics, they do not tell the entire story. For instance, the A level table includes results of many pupils who have been added back in who had left the school prior to 2017, or had retaken the Upper Sixth. Thus the average grade for A level results is shown as a C when in fact pupils this summer achieved an average grade of B-.

Similarly, the GCSE table is quite inaccurate as it omits a large number of remarked GCSE papers which resulted in significantly higher grades, includes pupils who were not at the school in 2017 and other pupils who we are seeking to remove from the data. I hope that the final tables published in Spring 2018 will give a far more accurate view of our GCSEs this summer which were good.

New initiative for form time in Years 9 and 10

Immediately after half term we will be beginning a new approach to form periods and registration in Years 9 and 10. Instead of undertaking the usual literacy and numeracy activities, we will be asking pupils to undertake private silent reading if they do not have an assembly. The aim is threefold:

  • This will give pupils a calm and ordered start to the day
  • This will promote reading and literacy
  • It will also give form tutors an opportunity to enjoy individual discussions about behaviour and progress with their tutees.

I would, therefore, ask that parents ensure that all pupils bring a private reading book to school every day after half term.

Abbey Service

Abbey Service takes place next Friday 20th October. All parents are welcome to attend the service which commences at 2pm at St Albans Abbey. Pupils will be dismissed from the Abbey at approximately 3pm although this time will depend on the length of the service.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Year 11 pupils well on their work experience placements next week.

P A Ramsey