Newsletter Feb 2014
14th February 2014 | Rickmansworth School |

Dear Parents/Carers

It is a great pleasure to introduce our first half of Spring Term newsletter to you. The first half term has been very busy for me, as new Head, and for the School as a whole. I arrived in January to a flurry of activity as Key Stage 4 and 5 students were either sitting their mock examinations or collecting results. We had our first collection of results in the school hall - the purpose of this was to emulate the Thursdays in August when students will collect their real results. To support the students and you we are putting on additional revision sessions at lunch-time and after school to help boost the students with their learning and revision. In addition to this, we are planning an Easter Revision School and Saturday sessions for your child.

During this half term I have been listening to staff, students and parents. Parents have told me they have noticed the drive to move Rickmansworth forward. I have been given examples of communication being better; you like the calm and happy atmosphere, as well as the enrichment activities. You have also highlighted things we can improve: marking, homework, uniform and contacting home during emergencies. We have listened to you about contact during emergencies (school closure) and as well as all our other emergency procedures, as part of our Parent Mail emails, we will now contact you by text. Another area we are acting upon is your concern about road safety. I have the Highways Agency coming to visit the School to investigate your concerns.

In order to hear your voice I am hosting our first Parent/Carers surgery. The purpose of this afternoon/evening is for you to have the opportunity to discuss issues with the Headteacher directly. These can be issues regarding your own child or wider issues regarding Rickmansworth School. These are bookable appointments to be made via the Head’s PA Mrs Spinks 01923 726917 rspinks@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk.

In January, we had plenty going on. At the beginning of the month we had our Indoor Athletics competition for our partner primary schools which was very competitive and well attended. In addition, we had an excellent Evening of Dance and a Year 11 Parents’ Evening looking at how we can help your child achieve their best. During half term we have two residential visits. One is our annual ski trip to Ravasceletto and the Geography Department are taking Year 11 on a fieldtrip to Iceland.

On our return after the break the swimming pool will be in operation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Hambleton, all the Premises, Finance and PE staff for securing this major refurbishment.

Year 12 commence their study leave on Monday 12 May and return on Tuesday 10 June. The Year 13 students’ Leavers day is Friday 23 May with their last lessons being on Thursday 22 May. Year 11 students commence their study leave on Monday 19 May.

A highlight of the term must be when we received an award from the A Level Performance System which nationally measures schools and colleges for our A Level results being in the top 5% of schools over three years. Well done to all the students, staff and you, the parents, for supporting your child.

Personally I would like to thank you for your support. It has been a great pleasure meeting you at the Head’s Welcome evenings, Parents’ Evenings and other events.

Mr K Douglas

Headmaster