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02/04/20

Retweeted From Narelle Elliott

Team Elliott starting the day with a bit of PE https://t.co/TZdg6xN5Wj

02/04/20

It has been so lovely seeing what all of you have been up to during your time at home. I love the tie-dye T-shirt’s that Jayden (Year 6) and his little sisters made! Keep sending all your lovely photos to your teachers! 🎨📚 https://t.co/MO4Hh0n6AI

02/04/20

Retweeted From Mrs Lister

Art and maths project from visual maths https://t.co/PynYqaOQDP

02/04/20

Retweeted From Miss Hewerdine

Your daily creative idea. Great for building finger strength too! https://t.co/NT55t8O45Y

01/04/20

Glad to help. What’s not to love about a bit of rivalry.

01/04/20

A bit of clay modelling with the children that are still coming to school! Everyone definitely enjoyed this activity! https://t.co/63kuMphGkI

01/04/20

Obviously if anyone else likes the look of the book. This is the first in the series. Give it a go. Let us know your opinions of it. Imperial Class were giggling a lot!

01/04/20

Calling Year 5 Imperial class. I know we didn’t get to finish our class book but luckily it is available for loan in the BorrowBox app from Hertfordshire libraries. You can borrow and listen for free if you are a member or sign up for free. Miss Bacon https://t.co/LtNM1KsiiL

01/04/20

Retweeted From The Body Coach

If you missed the announcement today, I shared an update on how much money we've raised so far from advertising on YouTube 😀 Thanks to you and everyone that has taken part and watched the workouts... we've together raised just over £80,000 for the NHS 🙏🏻

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA Music

Here’s today’s recommendation especially for our primary singers, Young Voices are doing some exciting online workshops/singing sessions, both live during the day and available on demand on YouTube- take a look for yourselves: https://t.co/xi6jVnmT5x

01/04/20

An update for the TT rock stars battle. The children just simply need to complete their times tables as they would normally any points that they accrue will then be added to their class as all children are allocated to their class. This will continue for two weeks

01/04/20

The students have already been allocated a battle so the more points they score the more it contributes to their class total. Good luck!

01/04/20

And the KS2 TTRS challenge has begun! Who will come out top in the battle of the year groups? Log in to your account and take part in the battle! https://t.co/lApCvlTObS

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Reading lists for all key stages. Might be helpful for anyone in need of reading inspiration! 📚 https://t.co/LOVtIFTlkx

01/04/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

A fun Maths challenge to get your mind working. It is not as simple as it seems! https://t.co/EejZYSTPkq

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Wise words from Michael Morpurgo ❤️ https://t.co/rEI0qK3HOY

01/04/20

Great news...if you are a member of Hertfordshire Liraries, you can borrow ebooks and eAudiobooks just by downloading the Borrow Box app. You are still able to join online with a unlimited temporary account. https://t.co/xX39sPFF5I

31/03/20

Look at this Sister Act! Well done Arabella showing your french learning of the body parts. Great to see Lottie joint in too! https://t.co/uT5rCGVrfi

31/03/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Jolly hockey sticks! A bit of nostalgia for the whole family as a new series of Malory Towers is now available on iplayer. Perfect comfort tv and a great reminder to pick up those books again! https://t.co/4GbBlcl4Po

31/03/20

Well done to all the children who showed great mathematical understanding in our fun lesson this morning! https://t.co/OXl1eihpDw

31/03/20

PE this morning with what a great start to a Tuesday morning! https://t.co/RjsgnDn0YV

31/03/20

A great resource! News articles designed for younger readers. https://t.co/0Mjm30lMx3

31/03/20

Retweeted From World Book Day UK 📚

Looking for new books to read over the coming weeks? Don't miss our list of the nation’s TOP 100 STORIES TO SHARE as voted for by you. This is the ultimate list of stories to share for all ages, to give children & teens ideas of what to discover next. https://t.co/2obqQVfnSU https://t.co/2jFYF9QpE7

30/03/20

Retweeted From David Carter

Let’s all take a moment to thank our wonderful who are dealing with more than we can imagine. Show we appreciate the wonderful job they are doing & the vital role they continue to play in our society by sending a FREE card here https://t.co/r30e9MyxHw

30/03/20

All set up and ready to go on Wednesday! https://t.co/Dur7RoOkDQ

30/03/20

Well done. Hope there was a ‘spring in your step’ after that activity in the fresh air! https://t.co/9nHKyI8CDX

30/03/20

Spread the word! https://t.co/iiKtqljbN3

30/03/20

Calling all mathematicians from Years 3 to 6... A challenge has been set for you. Times Table battles have been set up between classes and will begin on Weds 1st April for TWO WEEKS!! Winners will be announced for each Year group on 16th April. Good luck. Rock on!!! Miss Bacon

30/03/20

So proud of our pupils!!! Teamwork has put us at the top of all the primary schools! Keep working hard! https://t.co/3uUdKGIQCk

30/03/20

Retweeted From SRA Art

More Maria Riven inspired masterpieces created by our Primary students this afternoon... 🌸 https://t.co/3nPlIie2Q9

30/03/20

Bertie looks tired out from all that learning!! https://t.co/xWW1V2VOZy

30/03/20

Retweeted From SRA Art

Mrs Wilkinson had great fun teaching Primary students this afternoon, a class of children ranging from reception to year 6. They learned about British collage artist Maria Rivan and created some real masterpieces! Well done Primary! https://t.co/7dc3soGozz

28/03/20

Retweeted From World Book Day UK 📚

Looking for ideas to inspire young minds? Our fabulous Author & Illustrator Masterclass films are READY TO WATCH and are the perfect thing to enjoy at home and keep everyone busy learning. WATCH NOW: https://t.co/1coDYfUVo8 https://t.co/OxxIfvvh4B

28/03/20

Retweeted From Michelle Miles

Alf challenges Mr Pett to beat 88 toe taps in 30 seconds! https://t.co/k2cM39nMqv

27/03/20

To infinity and beyond!! https://t.co/6wab3PBeTR

26/03/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Would you like a daily art class from an illustrator to learn how to draw cartoons? This page is updated every day! https://t.co/MmzjbZYA0z https://t.co/GDlpy3VQu0

26/03/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

More ideas for home learning https://t.co/0Jq6j5fi05 https://t.co/EdgbKMNVoY

26/03/20

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Make sure you don't miss the Puzzle of the Week on Friday! https://t.co/JvlIXiEDc6 https://t.co/ZMpPFC2vwc

26/03/20

A beautifully written self esteem smoothie by Summer in Year 6. Very fitting for this moment in time! https://t.co/s4ddpbZGoF

26/03/20

Retweeted From SRATweeting&Learning

This bears saying again. MORE THAN EVER https://t.co/FKmwgiHMl2 https://t.co/iLX043bDvH

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.

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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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