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13/06/19

Mrs Hayes is feeling very proud that she can finally plate spin! https://t.co/EvOcpeKkpV

13/06/19

So nearly there! Having a growth mindset. I will get there eventually. https://t.co/SlnpJtooOG

13/06/19

Plate spinning. https://t.co/YhYtCWrNhH

13/06/19

Toothbrush spinning. https://t.co/k2gugRmYe9

13/06/19

Plate spinning. https://t.co/m11hHTDWwY

13/06/19

Toothbrush twirling! https://t.co/7TANicrSIq

13/06/19

Ribbon twirling https://t.co/3GrlIY44fz

13/06/19

Scarf Balancing https://t.co/irquciqtT4

13/06/19

Peacock Feather Balancing. https://t.co/BoMIrmTjhE

13/06/19

Green Class having fun at the circus. https://t.co/sjhd007rsF

13/06/19

Circus day at SRA. Green class are learning lots of new skills https://t.co/SGxQhpCR6I

10/06/19

Retweeted From SRA MFL

L'atélier de mayonnaise https://t.co/RYw8AjO08t

10/06/19

Retweeted From SRA MFL

Sweet shop, ice cream on the beach... Another great day in France for Y7! https://t.co/Jv4vqkT0cA

07/06/19

Year 6 are on track to arrive back at SRA for 1900.

07/06/19

Year 6 are stuck in traffic and our ETA is now 1900. Please spread the word. https://t.co/QpSjuWUBWB

07/06/19

Year 6 are off the ferry and now in Portsmouth, heading for St Albans. ETA is currently 1830 however this may change. We will keep you updated.

07/06/19

Year 6 are finally boarding the ferry, after a 90 minute delay. We will update you with an estimated ETA when we arrive on the mainland.

07/06/19

Year 6 did themselves proud at Osbourne house, with many of the staff and public commenting on how well behaved they were. REMINDER: The ferry has been delayed, we expect to be back at 1730. Please spread the word. https://t.co/Rmt983zZGd

07/06/19

Relieved to have avoided this weather until now, Year 6 are heading to Osbourne House before heading home. REMINDER: We currently expect to be back at school for 1730. Please spread the word. https://t.co/qoeiK6ixlr

07/06/19

Year 6 are mostly packed and are just waiting for breakfast. IMPORTANT: Our ferry has been delayed by an hour. We now expect to be back at SRA AT 1730.

06/06/19

Year 6 have just come back from a lovely final beach. Their behaviour was impeccable and we had a lovely evening. https://t.co/5wcN1FLVqe

06/06/19

Mr Arnold couldn't resist. https://t.co/eB5Lx0I6t9

06/06/19

The shenanigans continued at ... https://t.co/QzUi930VY6

06/06/19

We hope to be at school at 1730, M25 permitting.

06/06/19

Unfortunately the ferry for the Year 6 residential has been delayed s our new ETA is 1730 on the 7th of June, traffic permitting.

06/06/19

is the destination of the day for Year 6 today. We got started with a trip down the water slide, followed by a visit on the rollercoaster. https://t.co/hSB8kuWKN6

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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