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RES Apprentice 2017 Round 3
Monday, 05 December 2016 00:00

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 3

The Bingham Hotel, Richmond, Surrey

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

This boutique hotel is tucked away beside the river in Richmond-upon-Thames, the Bingham Hotel In Richmond is one of London’s most unusual boutique hotels, or ‘restaurant with rooms’: A Georgian townhouse overlooking the Thames, the Bingham Hotel is a chic retreat for romantic getaways, a gourmet bolt hole for gastronomic experiences, and a unique wedding and events venue. This Boutique Hotel offers something for everyone at The Bingham Hotel Richmond.

Upon arrival we were met by General Manager Erick Kervaon who gave the students an interesting background to the hotel and to some of the new businesses he has recently been involved in setting up with particular interest to The Alliance of Independent Restaurants. This is a new concept dreamt up by Erick in response to supporting and working with independent restaurants to help them as a group compared to the larger already established chains of restaurants.

A.I.R will support with procurement, HR & Legal work, Support Network and PR & Marketing.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

There is no joining fee and Erick and the 6 other shareholders are hoping to get well over 100 members (independent retailers) signed up for this business to be profitable. AIR guarantee that this will be returned through helping get cheaper prices for their food drink and insurance whilst also providing HR & Legal work, a support network, PR and marketing.

The students task in this round of the competition was to come up with some creative and innovative ideas to help achieve members of 100+ in the first 3 months of launch and to ensure that the shareholders of AIR and suppliers would all be profitable. Ideas were then to be pitched to Erick taking into consideration methods, time frames, cost and financial implications.

Team 1 – Oscar Rolfe & Jack Saunders
Their idea was for members to join AIR and in turn would get a members code which they could then use when approaching suppliers for their goods. AIR would refer their members to their suppliers. This in turn would pass 5% of sales to that member directly to AIR thus leading to a profit on each member’s order of supplies.

Team 2 – Adam Lamont & Joe Taylor
Adam & Joe had the idea of developing a tier based system: Gold, Silver & Bronze. A member chose what tier they wanted to be part of and although no joining fee what did happen is that each time they went to suppliers for stocks a variable percentage of the sale would go back to AIR. Each tier also gave the member company different services from AIR be it HR, Legal work ,support, PR and networking. They could set up the correct package depending on what their own company needed support with the higher the tier the more percentage from their purchase of supplies would go back to AIR.

Team 3 –  Rosie Chapman, Daniel Herbert & Joe Rolfe
This team was to create AIR-ONLINE. Again, with the idea of a 5% commission charge on members order of supplies. They were also to create an on-line booking system so guests wishing to book a table at the restaurant (member company). By guests booking through AIR a small charge could be taken from the member company each time the booking was made thus creating further profit for Air.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

After questioning each of the teams during their presentations Erick then gave feedback to all 3 teams and said what they could have done better and what ideas he liked. He also spoke to them about their presentation techniques and what they had learnt from the day. Some of the ideas he was quite keen on developing.

Erick chose a clear winner from the day which was Team 2– Well Done to Adam & Joe they are through to the final. The remaining 2 teams had to fight their corner and convince Erick why they should be put through to the final. After a lengthy debate Erick chose Team 1 – Oscar & Jack.

So,our 4 students in the Final of the RES Apprentice 2017 are :
Adam Lamont, Oscar Rolfe, Jack Saunders & Joe Taylor

The Final this year takes place in February and being hosted back at school in the Enterprise Suite at Confirmation of the date to follow.

For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X368 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Admissions 2018 Consultation

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for September 2018

The Interim Academy Board of Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College as part of The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) will be consulting on proposed changes to the admissions criteria for September 2018. This consultation is open to all interested parties and the Interim Academy Board is distributing this communication to all parents/carers, local schools, local stakeholder groups and other admissions authorities.

The changes to the admissions criteria have been highlighted in bold/italic, the main changes being an increase in PAN to 300 and the inclusion of Burhill Primary School and Grovelands Primary School as named feeder schools as the academic year 2017/18 is the first year that these two primary schools will have a Year 6. The increase in our PAN is at the request of the local authority. We expect to move into our new school building (please see the update attached) in December 2017 and by September 2018 we will be able to accommodate 10 forms of entry. We would ask that you please, as appropriate, make parents and community/resident groups aware of this consultation process, either through your website, in your newsletter or on school notice boards.

Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College joined The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) on 1 September 2016. As a result, THPT has become the Admissions Authority and we are required by law to consult for a minimum period of six weeks on changes to the admissions arrangements. The consultation period beings on 28th November 2016 and will end on 23rd January 2017. If you have any comments on the proposed changes to our admission arrangements please email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or write to The Chair of the Local Governing Body, Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College, Hersham Road, Hersham, Walton on Thames, KT12 5PY.

The following documents are available by clicking the links below:

Proposed Admissions Arrangements 2018

Art Textiles - Work of the Week
Monday, 28 November 2016 00:00

Art Textiles - Work of the Week

Rydens Enterprise School RES Art Textiles Work of the Week

This weeks work is a collection of pieces from Tapiwa Moses (Year 11 GCSE). The project theme she is currently focusing on is The Coast.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Art Textiles Work of the Week

Tapiwa has created a number of samples, these were to accompany her critical studies where she looked at the work of other textile artists and created a representation of their work and samples to accompany her observational drawings. As you can see, she has used a wide variety of techniques, from rugging to reverse applique, hand embroidery and free machining. Tapiwa will be sitting her mock exam on Tuesday 6th December where she plans to create a sealife inspired cushion. Check back soon to see her final resolution!

Rydens Enterprise School RES Art Textiles Work of the Week

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 2

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 2

IBM Emerging Technology Centre, Hursley

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

On Friday 18th the 12 remaining students visited IBM’s Emerging Technology Centre in Hursley, Hampshire to face the 2nd round of this competition.

Welcomed by Paul Archer, Big Data Business Development Manager, students were given a tour of the Emerging Technologies Lab and showed some of the latest technologies that IBM were working on. In the Internet of Things Centre, students looked at lots of gadgets and devices and what they did, which would give them lots of information and ideas to start their task. Students were also introduced to Watson Analytics which students found out is a smart data discovery service available on the cloud. Students were then given The Task and working in their teams they started discussing their ideas.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

The Task

Having been shown a range of the emerging technologies that IBM are currently working on as well as some that are already in place in shops and homes students task today was to come up with and then present an alternative potential market or selection of businesses that one of these technologies could then be sold to and ultimately stand the best chance of success. Students were to be judged on a number of key areas so their presentations would have to be clear in their explanations. They would need to consider how good the idea is, how realistic it was in relation to the market, if there is a potential for it and how well they would sell their idea to the judges.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

On Monday 21st Paul Archer returned to RES to judge the students in their teams.

Team 1:  Saqlain Ahmed, Dani De Freitas, Samuel Maton & Hayden Wood (not present)
Team 2:  Daniel Herbert, Jacob Levy Davies, Joe Rolfe & Oscar Rolfe
Team 3:  Rosie Chapman, Adam Lamont, Jack Saunders, Joe Taylor (not present)

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

Team 1’s idea was Jersey Beats which was targeted towards the football premier league and meant using a sensor placed inside the name badge of the player’s shirt to monitor heart rate, muscle fatigue and dehydration. This would be monitored via an app on the manager or coaches phone or tablet.

Team 2’s idea was Virtual Reality Surgery using one of the gadgets they had seen in the Technologies lab, and a heart sensor using the Accelerometer aimed at the NHS. The team had researched well and produced lots of facts and figures to back up their idea.

Team 3’s idea was Sensors for Fires which using heat sensors would see a sensor light system in homes, businesses or schools that lit up indifferent colours when certain smoke was detected enabling people to escape from the fire quicker. This would be linked to the fire department helping to save more lives.

Paul questioned all teams during their presentations and then deliberated over which two teams would go through to the next round. Taking into account the teams innovation, their business application, the business reach and their overall presentation Paul chose Teams 2 & 3 to go through with Team 1 being ‘fired. We say goodbye to Saqlain, Dani, Samuel & Hayden and well done to the remaining 8 students that go on to the 3rd round at The Bingham Hotel in Richmond on Monday 5th December.

For information about being involved with The RES Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Royal Holloway University Trip
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:00

Royal Holloway University Trip

RES Sixth Form Royal Holloway University Trip

On Wednesday 16th November, Mrs Blackiston, Miss Bowers and Mrs Hunt took 45 Year 11 and Year 12 students on a university experience day to Royal Holloway University of London.

The students enjoyed a campus tour from student ambassadors and lectures on study skills, university life, and advice and guidance on applying for university and student finance.

RES Sixth Form Royal Holloway University Trip

Quotes form the students-

my tour guide was lovely and I really liked the vibe
it has changed  my opinion of university for the better
the chapel was awesome”“a fantastic trip with lots of information and fantastically organised. Royal Holloway is definitely a choice!
the building was beautiful

RES Sixth Form Royal Holloway University Trip

it was nice to see all different kinds of nationalities
very factual and fun
"The trip gave me an opportunity to know more information about further education; it allowed me to understand what life is like in university and encouraged me to work hard to get there"

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