Ricky Recorder Issue No 40

The Ricky Recorder Issue 40: October 2016

Welcome to our autumn edition of The Ricky Recorder. It has been a successful and busy start to the academic year. I would like to start by congratulating all our students who have done so well in their examinations. At GCSE we achieved 83% 5 + A*-C and at A Level I am pleased to report that our results continue to place the School in the outstanding range of secondary schools. Our thanks goes to the staff who worked so hard to achieve this and to you the parents for supporting your children. On Tuesday 18 October we had our Awards evening for students in Years 7 to 10 for the last academic year. As always it was a marvellous event in which we come together to celebrate the achievement of these young people. In December we will be hosting our Awards for those students who achieved so well in their public examinations. This September we took 225 students into Year 7, our largest cohort we have ever taken and they have settled in extremely well. We hosted our Open Evening for prospective students and since then we have been undertaking tours around the School. One overarching theme that comes through is that not only are parents and students impressed by the School’s achievement but how friendly and calm the School is. Many visitors who have older children here were also very impressed by the improvement we have been making in the School facilities, the latest of which is the conversion of three classrooms into Science labs. Our next project this summer is to refurbish the Music block. The majority of this funding comes from the Parents Teacher’s Association and the Rickmansworth School Foundation. We pledge to spend all these funds on improving the facilities for students at Rickmansworth School and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PTA and parents who support the Foundation.

highlight all that goes on at the School during a two week period. Parents came up to me and were staggered by the number of events and opportunities given to young people. We have had a number of residential visits varying from a Year 9 Visit to the First World War Battlefields in Belgium, to working on a farm in Somerset. In addition to these we have been busy with day visits to Kew Gardens for Arts, the Science Museum, Cadbury World for Business and we are busy rehearsing for Billy Elliott. Tickets are available online for the production 30 November to 3 December. Last Friday we had our annual Fun Run. During this half term we have purchased two new mini buses to help us with our extracurricular activities. We consider by having more mini buses we can reduce our travel costs (which believe it or not are currently in excess of £20,000) but running our own transport rather than hiring coaches. We also have just received the feasibility study from the architects in regard to our expansion in 2018. I can assure you we will consulting with all parties in the School on the expansion and I will contact you when we have further plans.

Finally I hope you all enjoy the half term break. Thank for your support and we have two visits over half term – the History Department in the USA and a Rugby Tour in Cardiff.

During the half term we have had a whole host of enrichment activities taking place. During our Awards Evening I took time to

Mr K Douglas, Headteacher

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