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ICBT Sunbury Visit
Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

BP's International Centre for Business & Technology

BP's International Centre for Business & Technology

Mrs Puri and Mr Byrne of the Science Department took 25 Year 10 students to BP's ICBT, Sunbury on 12th February. The day involved students visiting the Upstream Learning Centre where they had the opportunity to see robotic equipment and learned about drilling.

BP's International Centre for Business & Technology

The students also visited the Highly Immersive Visualisation Experience to see how to interpret seismic data in 3D. After lunch students had to develop an exploration strategy and manage risks that will encounter during 10 years production phase to maximise the profits from the recovered oil.

BP's International Centre for Business & Technology

It was an amazing experience for RES students who were a credit to the school.

Valentines Message Wall

Valentine's Message Wall

RES Valentines Day Message Wall

RES students donated to charity to have their Valentine message added to our wall which can be viewed below. Two names were drawn from the hat to win a Valentine's Day Hampers each. The lucky winners were Hazel Shaw (CDJL) who sent a message and Gracie Edmonds (HDNA) who received a message.

RES Valentines Day Message Wall

Click on the image below to view the Valentines Day Message Wall in full size

RES Valentines Day Message Wall

Surrey Digital Awards Finalist

Surrey Digital Awards 2016 Finalist

Surrey Digital Awards 2016 Finalist

Rydens Enterprise School were very pleased to hear that they had been selected as a finalist for the Surrey Digital Awards 2016.

Established in 2014, the Surrey Digital Awards is part of series of similar schemes looking to reward innovation and progressive thinking by businesses, individuals, events, charities or educational establishments. Thier winners span several industries and range from individuals to national companies, but all have at the core of their entry a desire to use digital media as a means to achieve greater things for their business.

Winners will be announced at the SDA presentation evening on Thursday 10 March 2016 at the HG Wells Conference & Event Centre, Woking.

Spine-Chillers competition

Spine-Chillers mini saga competition

RES are proud to announce the success of the following Year 9 students on their participation in the Young Writers’ Spine-chillers mini saga competition last term:

Fiona Lock, Joseph Mason- Coombs, Olivia Santoriello and George Stenning

RES Spine-Chillers

The students had to create an enticing, ‘spine-chilling’ paragraph in no more than 100 words. A copy of the students’ work will appear in the Spine-Chillers-Surrey book which will also be sent to the British Library and further libraries across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, providing a lasting record of their achievement.

Our students could still be in with a chance to win the £1,000 first prize, a £500 second prize or a £250 third prize as well as a Kindle Fire HD. Winners will be chosen and notified to competing schools once all the books from the competition have been published.

We would like to congratulate the above mentioned students once again on this fantastic achievement and we wish them the best of luck for the remaining stages of the competition.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 3

RES Apprentice 2016

Round 3 - The Bingham Hotel, Richmond, Surrey

The 3rd round of this year's competition saw our return to the beautiful Bingham Hotel by the riverside in Richmond upon Thames.

This boutique hotel is one of London’s most unusual. 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.

Upon arrival we were met by General Manager Erick Kervaon who gave the students an interesting talk about the 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 (A.I.R.). 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. There is a joining fee of £350 per year and Erick and the 6 other shareholders guarantee that this will be returned through helping get cheaper prices for their food drink and insurance.

The student's 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. Ideas were then to be pitched to Erick, taking into consideration methods, time frames, cost and financial implications.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 3

Team 1 – Hayden Nicholls & Owen Nicholls
Hayden and Owen had the idea of offering various levels of membership ~ Diamond, Platinum, Jade & Gold with each type giving you different benefits such as higher perks, better publicity, links to their own websites and invites to exclusive events. This was to try and encourage members to opt for the higher level of membership. They were going to advertise this on radio stations and social media. Members would have an initial supplier meeting and would get revisited every 2 months to see if they were happy with the service they were getting and benefits they were receiving.

A well-structured and delivered presentation, although Erick felt that the research had not been in depth enough into getting the members on board.

Team 2 – Alex Drummond & Tom Blunden
Locally sourced, National Growth was Alex and Toms unique selling point. Their idea was to encourage members to join A.I.R. and this would then make them become a regional hub for restaurants in their area. Alex and Tom would as well as giving them the benefits that Erick had already created and would also give them personal introductions to other restaurants in their region so they can share good practice, advice and contacts.

Again a very well delivered presentation but Erick felt that lots of their ideas had already been covered by his own research. He liked their thinking behind the idea but wasn't sure whether it would be viable or not.

Team 3 – Hamzah Rasheed & Liam Sewell
Hamzah and Liam’s vision was to allow smaller restaurants to remain in control of their business whilst also proving support. They would approach large independent hotels and give FREE membership of A.I.R. to approx. 10 clients. These restaurants would then have a wider reach to the smaller restaurants that they then would encourage to get on board to become fee paying members. They wanted to promote A.I.R. as a prestigious high end club to join and many restaurants would want to become part of it to support their own brand image.

Erick liked this idea but the delivery was a little bit long winded rather than getting directly to the point.

RES Apprentice 2016 Round 3

After all the presentations were given Erick then gave feedback to the 3 teams and said what they could have done better. He said that many did not cover all aspects of his original brief but he did like some of the idea that they had come up with. After a lot of through Erick fired Hayden and Owen leaving the remaining 4 students to go to the Grand Final.

The Final this year will take place on Friday 11th March 2016 from 12.15 – 3pm and is being hosted in the Enterprise Suite at Rydens Enterprise School.

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

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