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Our latest newsletter is out now! Have a great summer everyone!


Cycling Proficiency for our Year 6 students this week! 🚴🚴🚴


Get ready for lots of Music in the Autumn Term! We have a packed extra-curricular Music timetable for you all!!🎼🥁🎷🎺🎸🎻


This week is Cycling Proficiency for Year 6! Lots for our cyclists to learn about staying safe on the roads! 🚴🚴🚴


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!!!!💃🕺🤹🎭🎤


Some fabulous choreography from Year 2.


The SRA talent show got off to a great start with some brilliant singing from Reception. Great singing boys!


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. ⛹️⛹️‍♀️🤾🤾‍♀️


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 ♥️


Congratulations to the Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 finalists.


Year 5 (soon to be Year 6!) had a great transition morning taking part in team building activities!


After a lot of deliberation the judges have selected the winning acts for Purple class in Year One and Green class in Year Two!


Purple class in Year 1 and Green class in Year 2 have auditioned for the talent show. Congratulations to all those that took part


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!


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! 🥤🍿


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


A fab performance from our staff band earlier today!! Well done Mr Fothergill, Ms Wilson, Mrs Reig, Mr Berry and Mr Woosey🎤🎸🥁🎼🎹


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


A beautiful, sunny Primary Sports Day!!! 🌞🌞🌞🏃🏃‍♀️


And now for key stage 2!


Year 2 demonstrating their skills on the glockenspiel.


Key stage 1 sports day carousel is off to a brilliant start! We are all looking forward to a great day!


Well done to all our Year 8 students who are out teaching French in local Primary schools this week!!!🇫🇷🇫🇷🥖#French


Year 6 performing their final dance from the workshop today!!


Year Two had a great time at the dance workshop this afternoon.


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 🎟️


Dance workshops have got off to a great start!


It;s not too early to get organised for the Autumn Term! 📝📋#backtoschool


Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

This week is Drowning Prevention Week – here are some tips on staying safe around water


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:


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.



Regular physical activity can help students improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions in later life.  At Samuel Ryder Academy, the school ethos has health and active lifestyles at its very heart. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is integral to us providing an education for life for all our students.

The extra-curricular timetable at SRA aims to offer both breadth of choice and also to have a competitive edge to raise the standards of sport at the school.

For example, our Rugby clubs have had a hugely positive impact upon student engagement, seeing an increased number of pupils attending clubs this year. The club not only develops  students' physical fitness but has also had a positive impact upon their social health as well. Rugby has also helped break down gender stereotypes with the introduction of girls teams this year. The impact of this has seen girls from Year 7-10 training and competing against other schools in the district. Our Netball and Rugby sports tour has also helped to promote gender equality and to develop excellent relationships between male and female students within the Academy.

Our Going for Gold leadership programme is another example of how sport has developed student resilience and promotes independence. Students from Year 7 upwards are provided with opportunities to develop their leadership, officiating or reporting skills, through structured activities delivered by the PE department.

Our extra-curricular programme also focuses on developing the core values of SRA.

All our clubs are fully inclusive, with the aim of raising student achievements, whether that is a complete beginner, learning the sport for the first time, or stretching our most able students to perform successfully against the best schools in the county and nationally.

The PE staff are all passionate practitioners who care hugely about offering as many opportunities as possible to the pupils at the academy, from EYFS through to Key Stage 5.  The students are taught through all activities the importance of respect, safety and fair play. Students regularly work with other year groups to share their knowledge and to help create role models for the younger community of the school to aspire towards.

Underpinning everything that is offered through the extra-curricular programme are the  school's high expectations for excellent standards. This could be in relation to  ensuring students' appearance is of the highest standards, punctuality, training and matches.  Staff discuss with pupils the core values of sport and expect them to demonstrate these not only in PE lessons but across all aspects of their life at the academy. Our clubs are not only about producing excellent sportsmen and women, but also about developing outstanding individuals who will be able to contribute effectively to the local community.

We have representative sides who compete during both the school week and on Saturday mornings in the following sports: Rugby Union, Football, Basketball, Netball, Rounders, Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, Cricket, Swimming and Cross Country.

Clubs and Recognition across the Academy

Here at Samuel Ryder Academy, every student has the opportunity to be recognised for their dedication, teamwork, passion and creativity by attending clubs regularly. Whatever their passion, there is a club for each student. These clubs normally run during their “typical” season and the timetable changes each term to reflect this.  Please click here to see the most up to date version (whole academy).

Students who demonstrate at least a year’s commitment will qualify to receive their “Recognition badge” for each club. If a student continues to contribute to a range of clubs, over a number years, then they can be nominated towards receiving “Half colours” and then “Full colours” towards the end of their time at SRA. The following categories are used for nomination:

  • Aesthetic/Creative Achievement (Art, Dance, Drama, Music)
  • Sporting Achievement
  • Service to the School
  • School Service in the Community
  • Wider Achievement (Awards, Qualifications, Representation)         




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