25/01/2019 Head's Message & Letters
25th January 2019 | Head's Weekly Message |

Dear Parents and Carers

The weather this week has been challenging, however I am pleased to report that our students have behaved in an exemplary manner, coping well with the added pressure of snowy conditions. 

May I draw your attention to the letters issued this week regarding our Multi Faith Prayer rooms, and your son/daughter’s commute to and from School.

If you have had the privilege of watching this spectacular show this week, it was quite simply fantastic.  Congratulations to all the students and staff involved, especially the Performing Arts department for the months of hard work and effort, that have gone into making this a first class event. If you are one of those fortunate to have tickets for the remaining performances on Friday and Saturday you will be in for an amazing experience. This is always a great occasion to witness how well younger students work with older ones to help bring the School community closer together. A special mention to Mrs Curtis who has masterminded yet another highly successful Ricky production.

Oxbridge and UCAS Success
I am delighted to report that 3 of our Year 13 students have received Oxbridge offers in the last week. Whilst there is still plenty of hard work ahead, to obtain an offer is still very prestigious, and we wish them, and all the other Year 13 students well with their destinations ambitions. I am also pleased to report that we have had further success in the number of Russell-Group University offers too.  My Thanks especially to Mr Eley and Mrs Hughes who have analysed and implemented new strategies this year, (especially new links with Merchant Taylors school for Oxbridge preparation), which has enhanced the UCAS process for the benefit of our students. 

Year 11 Parents Evening (Thursday 31 January)
A reminder that this event takes place from 2.30-7.00pm and Year 11 students should be making appointments with all their subject teachers so they can listen to and contribute to the discussions to help them maximise their progress in the remaining months before the final Summer GCSE exams. School will be operating to a Condensed Day timetable - see the letter issued this week.

Year 13 Exam Results Assembly and Parents Evening
These two events are on Friday 1 February and Thursday 7 February respectively. As with Year 11, I hope Year 13 students have performed well in the trial exams and will undertake extensive analysis of the feedback via their marked scripts as well as the parent evening conversations, so that they get to the destination of their choice next year.

Year 9 Option Letters
Parents of students in Year 9 will have received a letter this week regarding the GCSE option process and pathway allocation. This is an exciting time for Year 9 students as they begin to consider what route to take for their future careers.

Senior Leadership Team
In Mr Douglas’ absence and Miss Lane’s imminent departure on maternity leave, we have made some changes and additional appointments at senior level to allow the School to continue moving forward at the rate we would wish. Mr Hambleton is now acting as Deputy Headteacher, Mr White, Mr Eley, and Mrs Cramp join Mr Titley as Assistant Headteachers, and Mrs Pickford appointed as Director of Operations; the latter role has responsibility for many of our support staff who make a significant contribution to enabling the School to function effectively. Congratulations to all these staff on their appointments.

Rickmansworth Grand Draw
This week we announced our plans for a Rickmansworth School Grand Draw, raising funds to equip our new Resources Centre. The Resources Centre, comprising of a new Library and Careers department, will enhance the education of every student at Rickmansworth School. We really do need the help of ALL parents to make the Draw a success, and are looking for help initially with prize donations. Please read the Grand Draw letter issued this week, and contact us if you feel you may be able to help.

Breakfast Meeting with Executive Parliament!
I am meeting next week (8am) over croissants, pain-au-chocolat, and fruit juice (I know it’s a hard life!) with our lead students who form the Executive Parliament to hear their views about how well the School is doing and where they feel it could do better. We will take their views along with other stakeholders, as we review the School and plan ahead, which is a normal activity for us at this stage in the academic year.

Yours sincerely

Mr P Thompson
Acting Headteacher

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Group Call letters sent out this week:
Lost Property Update January 2019
Year 11 Macbeth Performance
BFI Study Day
Incident on Metropolitan Tube Line
Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms
Commute to and from School
Year 13 Art Gallery Trip
Year 13 Parent Consultation Evening
Condensed Day 31 January 2019
Year 11 Parent Consultation Evening
Rickmansworth Grand Draw
Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat
Year 10 Trip to Neasden Hindu Temple
Year 13 Enrichment Day