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19/07/19

Our latest newsletter is out now! Have a great summer everyone! https://t.co/tgl9NxOyPr https://t.co/Xs24RiTwYr

17/07/19

Cycling Proficiency for our Year 6 students this week! 🚴🚴🚴 https://t.co/tZ9USxZ3Ga

17/07/19

Get ready for lots of Music in the Autumn Term! We have a packed extra-curricular Music timetable for you all!!🎼🥁🎷🎺🎸🎻 https://t.co/1DBSJghOSD

17/07/19

This week is Cycling Proficiency for Year 6! Lots for our cyclists to learn about staying safe on the roads! 🚴🚴🚴 https://t.co/CH1GseKWC2

17/07/19

The fabulous SRA Primary Talent Show took place this morning with amazing acts from all Year groups! Well done to all our brilliant performers and a particular well done to the winners 'The Next Steps' and Jayden!!!!💃🕺🤹🎭🎤 https://t.co/NfgXyuhtoP

17/07/19

Some fabulous choreography from Year 2. https://t.co/40DgjfbLEI

17/07/19

The SRA talent show got off to a great start with some brilliant singing from Reception. Great singing boys! https://t.co/e5NdVBLwZz

15/07/19

Our Autumn PE Club Timetable is out now. Thanks to lots of opportunities to get involved. Primary morning clubs: 8-8.30am, Secondary morning clubs: 7.45 - 8.25am, Lunchtime clubs: KS3: 1-1.30pm, KS4: 1-1.40pm, After School clubs: 3.30-4.30pm. ⛹️⛹️‍♀️🤾🤾‍♀️ https://t.co/qe3cU11lDH

15/07/19

A busy last week of term! ▶️ Year 6 Cycling Proficiency 🚲 ▶️ Reception Trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park 🦒🐎🐐 ▶️Houses of Parliament Trip 🏰 ▶️Primary Talent Show 🤹🤹‍♀️ ▶️Wildhearts Awards Ceremony ♥️

12/07/19

Congratulations to the Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 finalists. https://t.co/DCRZI3GmDC

11/07/19

Year 5 (soon to be Year 6!) had a great transition morning taking part in team building activities! https://t.co/TPoXZAM9Jz

11/07/19

After a lot of deliberation the judges have selected the winning acts for Purple class in Year One and Green class in Year Two! https://t.co/SQa19NWrKK

11/07/19

Purple class in Year 1 and Green class in Year 2 have auditioned for the talent show. Congratulations to all those that took part https://t.co/CtoDrDo9uQ

11/07/19

Retweeted From SRA Music

A huge well done to all our talented Y6 students for their performance of Peter Pan last night, we are all very proud of you. Thanks to all the staff that worked really hard to make it happen, and to all parents for coming to support!

10/07/19

If you are coming along to our Year 6 performance of Peter Pan today, some of our secondary students will be selling refreshments before and during the interval to raise money for their expedition to Ecuador! 🥤🍿 https://t.co/au8Jgse2ZX

09/07/19

Year 1 have made their way to Southend and are having a wonderful time. blob:null/995f1928-3883-4c01-9dcf-3fb77780d679

08/07/19

A fab performance from our staff band earlier today!! Well done Mr Fothergill, Ms Wilson, Mrs Reig, Mr Berry and Mr Woosey🎤🎸🥁🎼🎹 https://t.co/6sIYOCPXkE

05/07/19

Looking for a fun family activity for the weekend? Don't miss our fantastic Summer Fair from 12-3pm - something for everyone 🌞🍦🍭🎉 https://t.co/JbMsGrt9fL

03/07/19

A beautiful, sunny Primary Sports Day!!! 🌞🌞🌞🏃🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/z3XfsJvwUV

03/07/19

And now for key stage 2! https://t.co/c98oJJSFzo

03/07/19

Year 2 demonstrating their skills on the glockenspiel. https://t.co/dd1DNq0Sxy

03/07/19

Key stage 1 sports day carousel is off to a brilliant start! We are all looking forward to a great day! https://t.co/QlV1XbwbIJ

01/07/19

Well done to all our Year 8 students who are out teaching French in local Primary schools this week!!!🇫🇷🇫🇷🥖#French https://t.co/Swoj55x6Bh

28/06/19

Year 6 performing their final dance from the workshop today!! https://t.co/BAdNVHv73j

28/06/19

Year Two had a great time at the dance workshop this afternoon. https://t.co/mScV9AaDza

28/06/19

We are very busy next week at SRA!! ✅Y10/12 Work Experience 👩‍🔬👨‍💻👩‍🏭👨‍🏫 ✅Y8 Primary French Project 🇫🇷 ✅ Tues- Art/DT Exhibition 🎨 ✅Weds- Primary Sports Day, Y8 Drama Showcase 🎭 ✅Thurs- A Midsummer Night's Dream Trip, Parent Child Coding Event 🎟️

28/06/19

Dance workshops have got off to a great start! https://t.co/VRObu6QyH4

26/06/19

It;s not too early to get organised for the Autumn Term! 📝📋#backtoschool https://t.co/MW29CxB5gp

24/06/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

This week is Drowning Prevention Week – here are some tips on staying safe around water https://t.co/kJqSKbYf2s

24/06/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

We have a few tickets left if you would still like to sign up for our fantastic parent and child robotics event on July 4th. Get your FREE ticket here: https://t.co/gTbI1YZVnO https://t.co/tGjI1oaaiA

24/06/19

Retweeted From SRA - English

And then we have Macbeth being performed in the Roman theatre in Verulamium. An excellent opportunity to bring this GCSE text to life. 9th July - 13th July. https://t.co/OaBOuF0J7W

Governor Profiles

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here

Mun Li Boswell

Mun-Li Boswell – Chair of Governors

I grew up in St Albans and, after getting married, returned to live here 11 years ago.  My husband and I have two daughters, both of whom attend Samuel Ryder Academy. After graduating from university, I embarked upon a career in procurement that now spans over 17 years working for a number of organisations including British Airways, Barclays and the BBC.  I am currently an executive consultant at a niche procurement consultancy.

Since my daughters joined the school I have been an active parent and was previously co-chair of the PTA.  I was delighted to be elected to the SRA Board of Governors in October 2016 and am keen to support the school in its continued success and contribute to its strategic direction. I am also a member of the Resources Committee and Link Governor for the Maths Faculty.

Alison watkins

Alison Watkins – Vice-Chair of Governors

Although originally from Scotland, Alison has lived in St Albans for the last 15 years and is a newly elected Parent Governor with a son and a daughter at SRA.  After completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at University of Edinburgh in 2000 and 15 years working in senior human resources positions within big blue-chip companies, Alison decided to take some time out last year to focus on family life.  This provided the perfect opportunity to put her passion for education, as well as her skills acquired in the private sector, to good use as a Parent Governor and she is very much looking forward to having a positive involvement with SRA.

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Chris Armitage - Community Governor

I am delighted to be a member of the newly formed Samuel Ryder Academy Board of Governors. I have recently retired from teaching at Sir John Lawes School, where I was Assistant Head. Over the thirty six years, I witnessed at first hand how a school could turn itself around from being an under subscribed school to one that was recognised by OFSTED as Outstanding. The challenge ahead for the Headteacher, Staff, Students, Governors and Parents is a huge one, but one that, with hard work, will be both successful and rewarding. I know all concerned are looking forward to the challenge.

On a personal note, my wife is also recently retired from teaching and both my children are teachers so you could say teaching is in our blood.  I look forward to the challenges ahead.

Madeline Bates

Madeleine Bates - Parent Governor

I have worked in the not-for-profit sector for nearly twenty years, on projects based in the UK and internationally.  I run a small international health charity locally.  I am proud to have been re-elected to serve another four-year term as a Governor at SRA. 

Jane Fullard

Jane Fullard - Parent Governor

Qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1997, I went straight into child and adolescent mental health, completing specialist nursing 2 years later. I have worked both in the public & private health sector in in-patient and community settings.

I have a strong passion and belief in the healthy mental well-being of young people and believe this needs to start at home and in school. As we take Samuel Ryder into the future, it is as important that all our children develop healthy minds in order to fulfil their individual potential and be the best they can be. 

I am mum of two boys, 1 in Year 7 at SRA, who keep me busy and grounded. 

Jessica McGrath - Community Governor

I joined the Board of Governors as a Community Governor at the start of this academic year (September 2014). I am originally from Edinburgh and I received a first class honours degree in English Literature from the University of Aberdeen. I joined Deloitte St Albans in 2011 and spent the last 3 years training as an accountant within the Audit department. More recently I have moved into a Public sector Advisory team. I became involved with the Samuel Ryder Academy through Deloitte's partnership with the school, which to date has included a mentoring programme and sessions on employability skills. In addition to being on the Board I am also on the Finance and Resources Committee.

Michelle miles

Michelle Miles - Parent Governor

I graduated from Leeds University in 2000 with a first class B.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry and began my career working in a small biotechnology company in Cambridge. After having worked for several years in research labs I moved into the pharmaceutical industry working at Pfizer for over 12 years in medical sales and account management.

My husband and I moved to St Albans 15 years ago and have since gone on to have two sons. Following the birth of our youngest son I took a break from my science and healthcare career to focus on our family life. The boys are now both in the primary phase of the academy one in year five and one in year three. I have always been an active parent and enjoyed being involved in the school. I have recently completed 2 successful years as chair of the PTA and am looking forward to using this experience and my passion for this academy to represent parents on the governing body.

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Peter Stokes - Community Governor

Peter St John Stokes is from North Yorkshire. He moved south to study at Trinity College of Music and has since worked as an organist, conductor and teacher. He never intended to be a schoolteacher but after enjoying a year at Edmonton School, which he joined when it was formed as a comprehensive, he decided to continue for a while. He became Head of Music there and, having moved to St Albans, he went to Loreto College in 1973 where he created a successful music department very much based on practical music-making. He took early retirement in 1994 and since then  has done mostly freelance work. He continued until recently as an organist in London but is now retired, apart from giving occasional concerts, composing and writing on music.

In addition to his qualifications in musical performance, he has a master’s degree in Historical Musicology and a first degree and a doctorate in French. His children were educated locally – his daughters at Loreto College and his son as a choirboy at St Paul’s Cathedral and then at Aldenham and Beaumont Schools. His other interests include family, art, food and fairly serious walking.

Sheryl wall

Sheryl Wall - Parent Governor

Born in St Albans, I grew up locally and studied Education at the University of Hertfordshire.  I have taught in five Hertfordshire primary schools in a variety of roles including class teacher, SENCo and Senior Leader.  Currently, I work for the Local Authority as a Specialist Advisory Teacher for SEN.  I live in London Colney with my husband and 2 daughters, one of which has just started at Samuel Ryder in Year 7.  It was an honour to be voted as a Parent Governor in September 2018 and I look forward to working with the Governing Body and wider school community as the Academy continues to move forward.

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