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Community Tapestry

Community Tapestry

Communitry Tapestry

Students at RES have spent the last 7 months working extremely hard on part of a community tapestry which is set to travel the country and then finally be exhibited in New Zealand. The tapestry depicts events from WW1 and the Mount Felix Hospital which was set up to nurse soldiers from New Zealand who had been injured during battle. The Hospital itself was based in Walton on Thames so when we heard about the project we were eager to get involved. We have been lucky enough to be supported throughout by our lead stitcher, Katie Crampton who has given up her time to come in to school on a Tuesday afternoon each week; we are truly grateful for all the hours she has spent with us!

Jess Weston, Daniel Lee, Addie Pattas and Emily Blunden all took part and we are so proud of the amazing piece of work that they have produced which will help document this important piece of our towns local history.

All 44 panels, worked on by various groups and individual stitchers from the local community are currently on display at The River House Barn Arts Centre in Walton on Thames. The exhibition is open daily from 10am-4pm until Sunday 14th May. Entrance is free! Please go along and show your support for everyone involved.

Go4SET & BP Challenge
Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00

Go4SET & BP Challenge

Rydens Enterprise School RES BP Challenge Go4SET

A team of 5 students in Year 9, Harrison Ahmad, Emil Hughes, Matt Hall, Rhys Heather and William Bewsey took part in Go4SET project and have been worked determinedly on two challenges set by EDT and BP. Mrs Puri and two BP mentors were supporting and guiding the students throughout the project. The students had to design a cooling hard hat for BP employees to wear in hot countries to keep them cool and design a way to collect purified water for employees who will be in a middle of a sea with no water.

RES Year 9 Presentation

The students created a stall and conducted a presentation at BP on 27th April to present their work. They also had BP employees, parents and guest visiting their stall. The students were a credit to the school and great ambassador of STEM. They were great public speakers and came across with huge confidence to present their products.

Rydens Enterprise School RES BP Challenge Go4SET

Our students were recognised for the best designed prototype for the hard hat. The students were awarded with 3 certificates and a badge; Bronze Industrial Cadets Award, National Recognition Award for their contributions and Silver Crest Award. The school and Mrs Puri were also presented with a certificate for their contributions to the ‘Challenging Environment’ project.

Yr 9 Girls in Surrey Finals

Year 9 girls make it to Surrey County Finals!

Rydens Enterprise School RES Year 9 Netball

After a long netball season and a lot of effort our work has finally paid off. Since the season started we have all shown commitment to our netball and been at school early for a 7.25am start to training each, which has been challenging during the winter months but with the support of our coach Maggie (Cobham Netball club) we have been able to practise a range of netball skills which has helped us to improve as a team and individually. This has enabled us to exceed this season and win all our matches against the other schools in our league despite a number of injuries within our team. Our hard work has resulted in us being given the opportunity to play in the Surrey County Finals which we are so excited and proud about as it will give us the opportunity to do our best as a team and represent our school, RES.

Abbie Bainbridge and Aimee Boxall
(Team players of RES netball Academy)

ARTiculation 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017 00:00

National Gallery Semi-Finalist Alex West

Finals at Cambridge University

The ARTiculation Prize 2017 is over.  The winner - Helen Webley-Brown from Ashcroft Technology Academy- was announced at Cambridge University at the finals on Friday 10th March. Six RES students attended the final, including our own semi-finalist Alex West. The ARTiculate final proved to be just as engaging and fascinating as the previous rounds. This time however, students were also treated to speeches and advice from ‘Art World Royalty’. Sir Antony Gormley delivered an intense Keynote Lecture, Bill Woodrow RA gave a talk in his role as Chairman of the Trustees of the Roche Court Educational Trust, representatives from Leeds and Cambridge University gave invaluable advice on writing personal statements before students were given a tour of local galleries and architecture by Cambridge History of Art undergraduates. After a buffet lunch, students then listened to 9 presentations by the 9 finalists of this year’s competition. At the conclusion of the event, adjudicator Tim Marlow (Artistic Director of the RA) summed up each presentation and praised all who were involved that day and during the whole competition. It should be noted that Helen Webley-Brown –the overall winner- was the student who was selected along with Alex West after their Quarter-Final presentations at the Courtard Institute in January.

ARTicultation 2017

Semi-Final Praise for Alex   

After Alex West’s semi-final performance at the National Gallery, Joanna Littlejohns (Head of ARTiculation), emailed the following message of congratulations.

"It was a great pleasure to see Alex again at the National Gallery for the ARTiculation London Regional Heat..”  “We all enjoyed hearing Alex’s presentation at this next stage of the competition and would like to congratulate her once again for an excellent presentation and performance.”  “The auditorium at The National Gallery is an impressive space and the students met the challenge with great enthusiasm and energy.” “The adjudicator Penny Huntsman praised Alex for describing and explaining her genuine love of this work from such a young age and commented on her animated presentation which brought the piece to life.

ARTiculation 2017

We would also like to congratulate Alex and all our students for their support during this competition. Every student involved has benefitted from this sustained focus on critical engagement with the arts. The competition is invaluable as a way of strengthening critical analysis skills and for highlighting transferable public-speaking skills. We look forward to encouraging even more students to be involved in ARTiculate 2018.

Mr Berriman

RES Apprentice 2017 Final
Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

RES Apprentice 2017 Final

Rydens Enterprise School

BP     IBM     Bingham Hotel

The 3 Apprentice finalists, staff, invited guests joined together at The Enterprise Suite at RES on Friday 10th March for the long awaited Final of The RES Apprentice competition.

The competition which is now in its 12th year saw 15, Year 12 students start this competition back in October 2016 with the first round being hosted and the task set by Hugh Bourne of BP at their premises in Sunbury on Thames. Subsequent rounds took place at IBM’s emerging technology centre in Hursley, Hampshire and at the beautiful riverside Bingham Hotel in Richmond upon Thames.

Throughout the competition students took part in group and paired activities and students were fired along the way, which left 4 students to face the Final and to see who would win the coveted title of The RES Apprentice 2017. Our Finalists today are Joe Taylor, Jack Saunders, Adam Lamont.

The judges for the day were ~

Paul Archer – IBM Big Data Business Development Manager
Erick Kervaon – General Manager – The Bingham Hotel, Richmond
Anne-Louise Payne – Head Teacher – RES

Guests who were in attendance to see our students present included the Mayor of Elmbridge Cllr Tannia Shipley and Consort Mr Nigel Shipley , Head of Sixth Form Mrs Natasha Blackiston, and Deputy Head Teacher Mr Andy Ward. We were also so grateful to see so many of our business sponsors, local business contacts, past school governors and RES invigilators at the event.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

Students had been set the final task a few weeks before the Final so they had time to prepare before presenting to the Judges today ~

Our new school development is underway and set to be ready for occupancy in December 2017. This will be an amazing state of the art school  with specialist facilities that include a full range of specialist classrooms for science and technology subjects, dedicated quiet study areas in each house, six court sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio, separate gym, theatre space, … AND MUCH MORE!”.

Students have been used to working in groups and pairs but now working individually the Finalists are to design and complete an innovative and creative multi-media advertising campaign for RES school that will be used as the main form of promotion for our exciting new school.

Throughout the competition students were encouraged to be entrepreneurial, articulate, committed and confident and were expected to discuss why they chose their idea, what problems and issues they had faced along the way and how they overcame them and also to show examples of their work. They were judged on their ideas and innovation, the success of their idea and the communication and resources they used to promote their idea.

Each finalist presented to the Judges their media advertising campaign that they had put together to showcase the new school. Footage included time lapse material of the school build to date plus shots of the classrooms, Main Hall, Sports fields to give the judges a feel of what our new school would be like.

Presentations were given by each finalist showing who they were aiming their presentations to and how they were going to do this using leaflets, fliers, school visits, links via our school website and social media. Each finalist had a Q&A section after their presentation giving the Judges and the Audience an opportunity to ask questions.

During a short break, judges had the opportunity to discuss each finalist and 3 very nervous finalists came back to find out the results. Each student was given feedback from Mrs Payne before the announcements made.

The RES Apprentice 2017 WINNER is – Joe Taylor

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

Congratulations to all the finalists today for all their hard work throughout this competition and to making it through to today’s final.

Prizes and trophies were handed out by Mayor Cllr Tannia Shipley.

Thank you to everyone for attending this exciting Final and with special thanks to all business partners for their continued support, especially Erick from The Bingham Hotel , Paul from IBM and Hugh from BP for hosting a round and returning to judge today.

For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 x368/x344 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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