Ricky Recorder Issue No 37

Support Staff Awareness Week

Students learnt in assemblies during Support Staff Awareness week about the various behind-the-scenes roles and work that support staff undertake to ensure that the School can operate safely and smoothly.

In addition many support staff were nominated for particular recognition and received certificates thanking them for their contribution to the School community. All of this helped raise the profile of support staff and increased awareness of their work fulfilling the aim of the week.

Whilst students might be familiar with the Student Reception, Library and the Welfare Room (including the sick bay!) they also discovered much about the tasks the Premises team undertake, such as how long it takes to set up the Hall and how exam desks have to be precisely a set distance apart to meet regulations. Students learnt about the work of the Exams Officer, Data Manager, Finance and IT teams, as well as the range of technicians who help prepare lessons, the work of Learning Support Assistants, and Cover Supervisors who take lessons when teachers are absent. In addition, there are staff working on admissions, attendance, careers, the School Sports Partnership and lettings, as well as administration and the Head’s PA. There were some interesting statistics too. Did you know that the school employs some 153 staff? Many of the staff are part time or term time only, but there are 84 teachers, 49 support staff and 20 casual staff (mostly Exam Invigilators and Lettings staff). The annual revenue budget for running a school of this size is roughly £6.5 Million. There are 500 computers to be maintained, 60 projectors and whiteboards, 4 physical servers and 27 virtual servers required to run the IT network.

Mr C Hampshire, Director of Finance

*** TERM DATES ***

Thurs 24 th March

Spring term ends:

Summer term begins: Tues 12 th April

Mon 2 nd May

Bank Holiday:

Mon 30 th May to Fri 3 rd June

Half-term holiday:

Summer term ends: Fri 22 nd July

Rickmansworth School Ski Trip to Bardonecchia, February 2016

The bus journey was long but fun; I had people to talk to and devices to play on. When we got there, a lot of snow had built up but it wasn’t

The Ricky Recorder Issue No. 37 – March 2016

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