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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.

During the half term we have had a whole

host of enrichment activities taking place.

During our Awards Evening I took time to

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.

Mr K Douglas, Headteacher