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Future direction for RES
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

Dear Parents and Carers

Following on from the Principal’s letter of 6th January 2016, I write to advise you of Mrs Shephard’s decision to bring forward the timing of her retirement, which means that she will not be returning to RES after the Easter holidays. She feels that leaving at this time will be of greatest benefit to the school as it joins The Howard Partnership Trust and at the start of the construction phase of the new school buildings.

Mrs Shephard was appointed Principal in 2009 and has loyally served the school for 6 years. During her time at RES, she has significantly improved standards at both GCSE and A level, led the conversion to Academy status and rebranding of the school, introduced vertical tutoring and fought long and hard to ensure that our students get the very best education possible in the best environment. Her vision and dedication in driving forward the new school project has been a major achievement and will be a legacy for all involved over the last four years of taking the initial dreams into a spectacular design. Construction of the new school will start at Easter and will be a huge benefit to the children of the borough for decades to come.

I am sure you will all wish to join governors in thanking Mrs Shephard for her hard work, commitment and enthusiasm to the school and wish her well for the future.

In addition to Mrs Shephard’s retirement, I must advise you of the departure of Mr Wardlow and Mr French, the school’s Deputy Principals. Mr Wardlow is leaving after 6 years to pursue a new career in sports coaching and personal training and Mr French is moving to The Winston Churchill School in Woking as Deputy Headteacher. They have also contributed to the success of the school in many ways and we wish them every success in their future endeavours.

I would like to reassure you that, despite this somewhat unusual situation, the ongoing work and discussions with The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) have enabled Governors to establish a leadership arrangement which we are confident will minimise the potential for disruption and keep the school moving forward on its development journey. A key influence in this process has been the unanimous decision taken by Governors at their meeting on 8th February to join THPT in due course.

With effect from Monday 11th April 2016, we look forward to welcoming Mrs Rhona Barnfield and Mrs Anne-Louise Payne from The Howard Partnership Trust who will be joining us in the roles of Executive Head and Partnership Head of School respectively. Both have extensive experience working at senior leadership level in secondary and primary schools, with a particular focus on school improvement. Mrs Payne will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school, assisted by two additional Partnership Senior Leaders. As the school’s Executive Head, Mrs Barnfield becomes the statutory Headteacher of RES and as such, provides the strategic leadership and is accountable for its performance.

Mrs Barnfield and Mrs Payne are looking forward to meeting you after the Easter break. I am sure you will have questions for them and would strongly encourage you to attend the meetings that are being arranged for parents of individual year groups, details of which can be found in the 'THPT Introduction Letter' below.

I wish you all a restful break and look forward to embarking with you on the exciting next stage of RES’ development as we continue the journey of improvement towards becoming the outstanding school that our children deserve.

Yours sincerely
Roger Doery
Chair of Governors

- THPT Introduction Letter
- Information on THPT
- Mrs Barnfield Profile
- Mrs Payne Profile

Yr11 & 6th Form Group Photos

Year 11 & Sixth Form Group Photographs

Rydens School Photo 1956

Rydens School Photo - 1956

The Year 11 and the Sixth Form group photographs can be ordered directly from Tempest Photography via their website using the details below.

Search under school name: Rydens School - KT12 5PY

RES awarded STEM Certificate

STEM Engagement Silver Certificate

by STEM SurreyBerkshire

RES have been awarded the STEM Engagement Silver Certificate 2015. The certificate is awarded to recognise the efforts of Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics among its students, through engagement with the STEM Ambassador programme.

STEM Engagement Silver Certificate 2015

Mrs Puri is our STEM Coordinator at the school and has already been involved in many of the activities which have been recognised by STEM SurreyBerkshire.

The activities include:

-         Attending  many STEM workshops and activity days organised by STEM SurreyBerkshire
-         Attending subject-specific taster sessions at Universities
-         Attending and organising careers fairs
-         Organising work experience and activity day at BP

Dear Mrs Puri,
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to provide some feedback on the recent Year 10 BP Young Scientist Day at Sunbury. My son Sam Whelan attended and really enjoyed it. I would say this is the best school trip he has ever done and he clearly found it totally enjoyable and stimulating. He rarely gets as animated as recounting the day and the activities they were able to take part in. I hope you are able to feedback to BP about how enjoyable and engaging it was. We were really very impressed and wanted to say thank you to all those involved in making this fantastic learning event possible.
Thank you again
Julie Cook & Chris Whelan
Parents of Sam Whelan

RHS Wisley Gardens Trip
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00

RHS Wisley Gardens Trip

RES Wisley Gardens Trip

To help inspire the year 10 Art Textile students with their new project based on gardens, we decided to visit RHS Wisley gardens. We had a beautiful crisp morning, bright but rather chilly; however, that didn’t stop the students from enthusiastically snapping their way round the gardens photographing everything from flowers to weeds, bugs to birds.

RES Wisley Gardens TripRES Wisley Gardens Trip

We also visited the butterfly house; a few of us with slightly more reluctance than others. The huge butterflies busily danced around above our heads, occasionally stopping to perch on a shoulder or head of a passer by allowing us to get some amazing close up shots.

RES Wisley Gardens TripRES Wisley Gardens Trip

We then went on to share our lunch with a variety of cheeky little birds by the cafe, we then walk round the pond, posed by the pagoda and then it was time to head back to school.

RES Wisley Gardens Trip

It was a lovely trip out and hopefully the students have a lot of material to work from so check back in a few weeks to see some images of their project progress.

Art Trip to Paris

Art Trip to Paris

RES Art Paris Trip 2016

Art Staff and students recently returned home from their brilliant 4-day trip to Paris.

The tour included visits to the Louvre, the Musee D’Orsay and the Pompidou. We also made the most of our coach driver to take us to several famous Parisian landmarks.

Students’ highlights included seeing Da Vinci’s Portraits at the Louvre (Amelia Dec), Van Gogh’s ‘Woman of Arles’ at the D’Orsay (Charlotte Pike), the ‘art and Architecture’ at the Pompidou (Amelia Day & Megan Carter), the -brief- visit to the Eifel Tower (Lauren Woolhouse), the ‘rap’ performance on the final night (Eliza Boatright), the trip to the towering Montparnasse building (Leah Favell-Clarke, Liz Ghalustians & Eleanor Taylor), Notre Dame Cathedral (Jennifer Adams & Sarah Ford), the walk around Montmartre near the Sacre Cour (Kelly Salvat) and the “amazing sights and amazing people” (Ella Malenoir)… oh and the final evening game of ‘My Auntie Likes’ (James Walsh)!

RES Art Paris Trip 2016

6 A-Level art students from Clapton Girls School joined us once again this year. From very early on, the Clapton, Rydens, KS5 and KS4 students were freely mingling with each other.

Lots of great work was created in sketchbooks over the 4 days. Students were busy during gallery visits, in the coach, on the ferry, in the hotel – pretty much everywhere! Many thanks to Mr Field for another fantastic booklet of activities. This helped to inspire many of the students – and staff! Thanks too, to Mr Caswell and Ms Willis for their excellent company and hard work (and some lovely poetry).  It was of course, also a pleasure to have the company of Mr Purday and Ms Smale from Clapton Girls.

All of the students were fantastic company and made us incredibly proud; they were all perfect representatives for Rydens School. It was great to see another side to some personalities – several students really ‘came out of themselves’ this year. Many of them composed and performed a poem/rap for the last evening. Well done to all involved for this (it takes real nerves!), but particularly the solo-performers including Liz Ghalustians, Paula McGechan and Lauren Woolhouse --and-- Dave, our driver!!

Mr Field, Ms Willis, Mr Caswell and the teachers from Clapton all agreed that the trip had been a great start to their ½ term holiday. It is no exaggeration to say that it’s things like this that make teaching a real joy. We are looking forward to another trip next year already.

Mr Berriman

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