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Yummy!! 🍭🍬


Candy floss was a huge hit! Thank you to the PTA for the machine and also the sweets! 🍬🍭#schoolsoutforsummer


Year 6 had a fantastic afternoon making their very own ice cream in a bag! The toppings were a huge hit! 🍨🍬👩‍🍳👨‍🍳


Everyone had a great time!


Year 5 and 6 socially distanced sports day!! It has been a great success! 🎾🏅🎽🏃‍♀️🏃 A big thank you to Mr Mead and Mr Walker!


Thank you to for their much appreciated donation of ice lollies yesterday.


Can you recognise any of the primary team?


We were a few days behind, so today we did 300 kick ups. Day 6, 7 & 8! ⚽️


Well done to the amazing Summer for her brilliant 500 words on Black Lives Matter. She is through the first round! 🤩📚📝


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Thank you so much to everyone at SRA Primary for taking on the Kick Up Challenge to support Macmillan, it is amazing to see so many pupils involved, such superstars! Best wishes- Sarah💚


Day 4 & 5 - so 200 keepie uppies today! ⚽️


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A beautiful entry for this week’s from one of our very talented Primary TA’s, Jenna Harper! Jenna has painted a vase of artichokes for the ‘still life’ theme and we think they are truly stunning indeed! Wow!


Smartie Maths today in Year 6- this definitely went down a treat! 🔴🟣🔵🟢🟡🟠


Oxford B completing another 100 keepie uppies- Day 2.


Oxford group B have taken on the Macmillan challenge to complete 1000 keepie uppies. Today we have completed our first 100!


Year 1 Carnival Day has started well with a wave of colour and excitement.


A few more Year 5 freeze frames inspired by Charlotte’s Web. 🕷🕸🐷🐴🦆🐀


Year 5 produced some freeze frames from key parts of Charlotte’s Web.


Year 6 took English outside in the shade today. We have designed our very own swamp monsters inspired by fantastic beasts! 🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️👹


Unbe-leaf-able effort.


St Andrews Class took the learning outside to sketch leaves.


Year 5 have had a fantastic start today. They have enjoyed seeing each other and being back at school. We have been so proud of their efforts and determination to get back to their learning


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Love these videos with grammar reminders


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Launching . Why not discuss “What is the greatest super power?” Be as creative as you can with your opinions. No need to comment. A weekly oracy challenge will happen every Tuesday


Today we took maths outside in Year 6, we have been looking at multiplication, factors and multiples! 📐📏🔢


Year 6 enjoying our class book ‘Clockwork’ in the sunshine ☀️ 📚📝


More fun TTRS challenges coming soon!!!


Oxford B group


Some of Cambridge B group.


Measuring the mean time using different methods of travelling! Well done. Some very creative ideas


PE lessons this week!!


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Another challenge for My Money Week


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A challenge for My Money Week


Hope the dinosaurs were ok after being covered in lava!


What a great way of learning about the life cycle Jayden. Fantastic!


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Puzzle Of The Week


Lots of fairy tale inspired learning in EYFS. Sammi played the flute as a princess, Alexander N invited us to the castle, Zachary dressed as a prince and Aurelia made a castle.


The key worker group worked extremely hard this week. Today we focused on our dreams not just for ourselves but for others. The children discussed how their dreams might help others and there were some truly wonderful ideas. We look forward to sharing some of these next week.

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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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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Jack Woosey - Staff Governor

I grew up in north Hertfordshire and have focused on science my entire school life. Graduating from a science degree in 2015 I spent the following 6 months working as a lab technician before joining Samuel Ryder Academy the following year as a trainee teacher. Since then I have taken on additional responsibilities and activities and am a Head of House, year 8 form tutor and also run a very successful science club. Now an established member of the science department have taught both primary and secondary phases of the school. Teaching science to KS2-3 and Physics to KS4-5. I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as a teacher governor and am looking forward to the new challenges and insights over the next few years.

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