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Surrey Higher Education Trip
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 00:00

Surrey Higher Education Exhibition

UCASOn the morning of Tuesday 15th March 2016, Mrs Blackiston and Mrs Hunt took a group of Year 12 prospective university students to the Surrey Higher Education Exhibition at Surrey University. The event brought together over 154 Higher Education Institutions and professional organisations from across the UK to advise young people on their options after school or college. The event was an ideal opportunity to investigate the range of possible courses and choices and for the students to talk directly to admissions staff and university students.

There were presentations throughout the day on topics of key interest such as: applying to university, student finance, applying to Oxford and Cambridge and student life.

The RES students who attended, found the event informative and interesting and came away with lots of information and university prospectuses.

RES Sixth Form Students

RES Apprentice 2016 Final
Friday, 11 March 2016 00:00

The RES Apprentice 2016

The Final - Friday 11th March

The 4 Apprentice finalists, their parents, staff, invited guests joined together at The Enterprise Suite at RES on Friday 11th March for the long awaited Final of The RES Apprentice competition.

The competition which is now in its 11th year saw 12, Year 12 students start this competition back in October 2015 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 2016. Our Finalists today are Alexander Drummond, Thomas Blunden, Hamzah Rasheed and Liam Sewell.

The judges for the day were ~
Hugh Bourne – BP, Advisor – Scale Prediction and Control Upstream Engineering Centre
Paul Archer – IBM Big Data Business Development Manager
Erick Kervaon – General Manager – The Bingham Hotel, Richmond
Nikki Shephard – RES Principal

Guests who were in attendance to see our students perform included the Mayor of Elmbridge Cllr Jan Fuller and Consort John Caton, Head of Sixth Form Bob Hope and Deputy Head of Sixth Form Mrs Natasha Blackiston. We were also so grateful to see so many of our business sponsors, RES invigilators, parents and Apprentice Winner 2015 Will Whitmore who had come back today to hand over the trophy and to let us know what he has been doing since winning the title last year.

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 ~

“The task was to come up with an everyday household item, problem or issue and show how they would solve, improve it or design something to help with the problem or issue,  Their idea did not have to be groundbreaking as often the smallest of changes make the biggest impact such as left handed scissors or a remote control”

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.

First up to present was Alex Drummond and his idea of the ‘No Brainer Strainer’ which Alex was hoping he could partner with a leading tea or biscuit manufacturer. Alex had researched that over 65 million cups of tea are consumed daily with each person dunking a biscuit 107 times a year. The gadget Alex felt would revolutionalise tea drinkers was his idea which would catch unwanted crumbs falling in your tea, was act as a tea infuser and a water purifier. Alex presented clearly and articulately and had answers for the questions posed to him by the intrigued judges. Unfortunately Alex’s idea seemed a little cumbersome and made it awkward to drink the tea with the strainer still in place.

Second up was Thomas Blunden with his invention of the ‘Hot Pot’ - Tom felt that there was a gap in the market for his idea. Built and designed very similar to a flask, this could be used in Hospitals, Care Homes and with the elderly living at home. This would also be great for holiday goers / campers for keeping food hot. You can heat up any type of meal in the ‘Hot Pot’. Tom was articulate and presented his design very well with great drawings. The judges, however felt that the idea was a little cumbersome and would be too big to carry around when out.

Next was Hamzah Rasheed with his idea of the ‘Eco Wash’. Hamzah discovered that the Dishwasher was the most expensive piece of Kitchen equipment, averaging at a cost of 27 pence for 1 hour (just electricity), using 1800 Watts of electricity for a 2 hour cycle, 54p for one cycle of a dishwasher, used around 2-3 times per day calculates to over £500 a year! Hamzah researched that water is a much cheaper resource, It’s renewable and it’s much more Eco-Friendly.

Hamzah’s idea of Eco Wash, using NO ELECTRICITY but instead – Hydroelectric Power (Renewable resource). Pressured water turns a turbine to turn a generator to generate electricity. This water will then help to clean the dishes afterwards and the water will be used in a continuous cycle, keeping costs down. Hamzah had certainly done his research and put an interesting, well planned presentation together. The judges felt however that his idea, although good would not be a viable product.

Finally it was the turn of Liam Sewell to try to sell the audience and judges his invention of the‘desktop’.

Liams idea of a desk which incorporated the PC, USB ports, monitor plugs, optional graphics tablet to name a few was  a revelation and got the interest of all the judges and audience. Current PC problems of over heating, limited space as cases become too big and cost  seemed to be solved in Liam’s invention whilst still acting and looking like a standard ‘desk’. Liam had drawn up some plans of what his idea would look like which appealed to lots of people and certainly would prove to be very popular. A great idea and a great presentation.

During a short break, judges had the opportunity to discuss each finalist and deliberate as to who would be crowned The RES Apprentice Winner 2016.

4 very nervous finalists came back to find out the results. Each student was given feedback from the judges and in reverse order places were announced ~

Runners up ~ Alex Drummond & Tom Sewell
2nd place ~ Hamzah Rasheed
1st Place ~ Liam Sewell

A very deserving winner and a young entrepreneur in the making!

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 Jan Fuller. A special prize of a ‘A meal for 2 at The Bingham Hotel’s’ was also offered by Erick Kervaon.

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 x361/x344 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

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