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Year 11 Big Interview Day
Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

Year 11 Big Interview Day

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

On Thursday 20th October volunteers from our local business community and beyond came to RES to support our Year 11 Big Interview Day.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

As an Enterprise School we are committed to preparing students in the best way possible for their future working lives and at the end of Year 10 students took part in workshops to produce their own CV and writing a covering letter for a job that have an interest in for when they leave school. These are the documents that would form the basis of the interview today with their interviewer.

27 volunteers arrived at RES from a range of different businesses to start the task of interviewing around 200 students in one morning! We had an amazing response this year from the following companies ~

RES Big Interview Day Company Logos

Without such support this day would not be possible so we are enormously grateful for all that took time out of their valuable working day to help our students.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

Students spent time with their interviewer discussing the job role, their qualities and the job they had applied for whilst the interviewer asked them many different questions which they may face in a real interview situation. This experience of applying for a job and having an interview will be in some cases the first time some of our students have had a real-life interview. The students were given feedback from the interviewer which they can use along with interview skills to take forward with them and use when they find themselves in a real life interview situation either for a job or a college place. All students also received a Certificate signed by their interviewer to confirm their attendance of the day.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Big Interview Day 2016

If anyone is interested in volunteering in next year’s Big Interview Day please contact Sarah Maton ~ Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on 01932 242994 x361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit to Princess Alice Hospice
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

Students from Richmond visit the Princess Alice Hospice

On Wednesday 19th October four students from Richmond visited the Princess Alice Hospice (PAH), West End Lane, Esher. The purpose of the visit was to get an insight into how funding raised by Richmond House last year has been used at the Hospice.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Princess Alice Man Shed

Summer (year 8), Kieran (10), Eliza (11) and Anisha (11), were given a full guided tour by Claire and Tim who are fundraising partners at the PAH. Claire discussed how the hospice provides a holistic approach towards therapy and treating patients to help promote health and well-being. We saw this type of therapy in action when we visited the ‘Man Shed’, a place where patients (men and women) can go and take part in carpentry activities and build things for use around the hospice. The ‘Man Shed’ was opened on Monday 20th June 2015 by John Inverdale and cost £100,000 build. At the end of the tour the students handed over a cheque for £1,713.11 that was raised by Richmond students during the 2015/16 academic year. Thanks to the amazing generosity of the local community and the exceptionally hard work that students in Richmond have put in at RES, this project was made possible.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Princess Alice Man Shed

We are looking forward to raising lots more money in 2016/17 and are starting the year with the Challenge the Teacher week, and the Santa 5K Fun Run on Sunday 27th November in Bushy Park.

Click the link to read the Thank You letter from Princess Alice Hospice

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 1
Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:00

RES Apprentice 2017 Round 1

BP International Centre for Business & Technology

Fifteen, Year 12 students from RES started out on their journey to be crowned the next RES Apprentice winner.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

This competition sees students face 4 gruelling rounds working in groups, pairs and then individually throughout the competition. Following a series of eliminations at each round the remaining 4 go through to face an individually based task, these will be presented at the Grand Final in February 2017. The tasks in the competition are all business related and set by our local business contacts who have kindly offered to sponsor each of the rounds. Throughout the competition students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, articulate, committed and confident and need to impress.

Supported by BP we headed to their site in Sunbury on Thames for the 1st round of this competition. Welcomed by Saul Moorhouse, students were given an informative tour of their Upstream Engineering Centre before being lead to the training room for the day which would become their base to work on the task set to them.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

The Task

In the Retail Fuel market, differentiation is challenging. Consumers generally buy fuel on either a cost of location (convenience) basis. Whilst the quality of their fuel remains essential, BP also need to demonstrate differentiation to their consumers when it comes to their forecourt offers.

BP Retail wanted to address these frustrations and provide their customers with a more positive customer experience when using a BP forecourt.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

Students worked in groups of 3 and they were tasked with developing and presenting a compelling offer that they believed will enable BP Retail to provide a differentiated experience to their consumers, one that drivers would preferentially choose to buy their fuel from a BP forecourt. They were to deliver their concept to a small team of Senior Level Leaders who were to make up the judging panel. The student teams were;

Team 1Jack Saunders, Dani De Freitas & Rosie Chapman
Team 2Joe Taylor, Hayden WoodJacob Levy Davies
Team 3Saqlain Ahmed, Adam Lamont & Joe Rolfe
Team 4Max Hirst, Charlie Lees & Lana Robinson
Team 5Samuel Maton, Oscar Rolfe  & Daniel Herbert

Each team watched each other's presentations which ranged from Fast fuel light up pumps to show you which lane is free, pay stations at each pump, rewards initiatives and triple points ideas, pre-order shop and petrol idea with your order being ready to collect when you arrive. Each idea that the teams came up with was well delivered and explained by the team members. They had researched the feasibility of their ideas and answered questions fired to them at the end of the process.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

The judges gave feedback to each team and put 4 teams through with one team being fired.

The teams going through were:

Team 1, Team 2, Team 3 & Team 5. We say goodbye to Team 4: Max, Charlie and Lana.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Apprentice 2017

A huge well done to all students who put themselves forward to take part in this competition and good luck to those going through to the next round which will take place on the 18th November at IBM’s Emerging Technology Centre at Hursley, Hampshire.

Round 3 will be on the 8th December at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond.

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 X361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RES Open Evening 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:00

RES Open Evening 2016

RES opened its doors to students from a wide range of local primary schools on Tuesday 20th September for its annual Open Evening.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Open Evening

The event is always a great occasion allowing different faculties to show off what their subject has to offer and students have the opportunity to take part in a whole range of different interactive activities. This allowed them to complete their ‘RES Passport’ and entitled them to a special prize at the end of the evening.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Open Evening

Science showcased a range of experiments, including using dry ice in some fantastic demonstrations. In Food visitors could design their own cakes to have as a tasty treat and when leaving DT they had produced a keyring to take away with them. There was also the opportunity to use some of the energy from their cake when taking on RES students in the sports challenges offered by PE.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Open Evening

As well as visiting all of the faculty areas, parents and their children were treated to a tasting provided by our caterers, a chance to see the plans for the new build and also to talk to current parents who make up our PTA and Parent Council. There was also the opportunity to hear more about RES joining The Howard Partnership Trust and learn about the exciting plans for this academic year and beyond.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Open Evening

The whole evening was a big success with parents leaving feeling very positive about RES and children expressing how much fun they had getting involved in all of the activities on offer. None of this would have been possible though without the work of staff and fantastic support of well over 100 of our students. Their input ranged from delivering speeches in the hall, acting as tour guides and showcasing what different faculties had to offer. They were wonderful ambassadors for the school and highlighted the benefits and what being a student at RES is all about.

We look forward to seeing the Year 6 students who visited when the new academic year gets underway in September 2017!

Celebration Evening 2016
Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00

Celebration Evening 2016

Rydens Enterprise School RES Celebration Evening 2016

RES held its Annual Celebration Evening on Thursday 15th September and welcomed students nominated by the Head of Department to receive their award for their efforts and achievements in the 2015-2016 Academic year.

Each subject department gets the opportunity to award a student from Years 7 – 11 for either their Effort or Achievement throughout the previous academic year in their subject and these students all came up on stage to receive their certificate.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Celebration Evening 2016

There were also many prestigious awards given throughout the evening such as The Governor’s Award for Academic Achievement in KS4 (best GCSE results) which was awarded to Zoe Dale and Kenaniah Rona and The O’Donovan Award for Academic Achievement (best A level results) was this year awarded to Scott Buckley & Victoria Bourne.

Trophies were also awarded to ~

The Mayor's Award for English
Parul Obhrai
The Unilever Award for Endeavour in Maths
Scott Buckley
The Grzeszczak-Gale Award for Commitment & Application in Science
Tanaka Gahadzikwa
The Alicia Crous Award for Music at KS3
Luke Darch
The Denis White Award for Music (Upper School)
Alexander Drummond
The RC Sherriff Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts
Matt Fry
The Doonan Award for Excellent Achievement in the Performing Arts
Jess Hunt
The Victor Ludorum Award for Boys at KS4
Ben Painter
The Victor Ludorum Award for Girls at KS4
Ellie Brosnan
The Carter Drama Award at KS3
Eva Harris
The Richard Davis Senior Drama Award
Jack Pearson
Bryan Love Award for Art at KS3
Addie Pattas
The Jo Smith Memorial Award for Art
Paula McGechan
The IBM Award for Enterprise at KS4
Naomi Man
The Rydens School Apprentice 2016
Liam Sewell
The PTA KS3 Award for Contribution to the School
Georgia Winterbourne
The Chairman of Governor's Award for Endeavour
Lily Rose
The David Hebden Award for Academic Achievement at KS3
Falah Bhat
The April Hooley Award for Service to the School
Alexander Drummond
The Head of School's Award for Outstanding Contribution to School Life
Jenny Andrade & Morgan Palmer

With a 350 strong audience including the Mayoress of Elmbridge and her Consort, Governors, friends & family, the students were welcomed up on to the Main stage to receive their certificate and trophies from RES Head of School Mrs Anne-Louise Payne.

Rydens Enterprise School RES Celebration Evening 2016

After the Awards ceremony students, parents and guests were then invited to join members of RES staff for drinks and a delicious buffet in our Dining Hall prepared and sponsored by our very own catering staff Chartwells.

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