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16/05/22

Year 6 enjoyed using their inference and exploratory talk today as they began a new unit of English based on The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Some great ideas created from the images. https://t.co/eu5rwHu5s5

16/05/22

Taste it Tuesday at Ace club. We made delicious Chocolate decorated apples. Yummy! https://t.co/Yj07Aqzoaz

16/05/22

Fab Lab Thursday at Ace club. We made balloon rockets. The children had so much fun with these. They really took flight! https://t.co/mnxkAt9Osi

16/05/22

Make it Monday at Ace club last week. The children used different materials to create a collage. There were some fantastic creations! https://t.co/sPp9ULcplH

15/05/22

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

* Pyjamarama Day * Our ‘Teacher Bedtime Stories’ will be available to watch each evening at 4pm until 17th May. Tonight is 'Snail and the whale' - we hope you enjoy it! https://t.co/jT57K9UMls

15/05/22

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

* Pyjamarama Day * Our ‘Teacher Bedtime Stories’ will be available to watch each evening at 4pm until 17th May. Tonight is 'The Girls' - we hope you enjoy it! https://t.co/n406v9ioH3

13/05/22

We had a wonderful day today . Take a look at some of amazing pyjamas and us enjoying some individual reading 📚🤩 https://t.co/lTDGMVo799

13/05/22

We have extremely lucky to have the secondary students supporting our learning today and sharing bedtime stories, the discussions heard between all of our students today have been amazing! 📚🗣 https://t.co/aHHPiHoL02

12/05/22

Year 6 have officially finished their SATs week! We cannot praise the children enough for their effort, focus and determination- we are so proud of you all! Well done Year 6 and a big thank you to all of the staff involved with the smooth running of the tests this week 🤩 https://t.co/mXMgI1RBtj

12/05/22

A final breakfast before the last SATs paper today! Bring it on! A big thank you to everyone involved in making it such a successful week 🎓🤩 https://t.co/RkHcrPABn5

09/05/22

A great start to the KS2 assessments with a breakfast all together. The children enjoyed the relaxed start with some lovely breakfast treats. https://t.co/dvJvjeEghu

07/05/22

The finale at last nights Young Voices! A huge thank you to Mr Fothergill for organising this amazing experience for the Year 5 and 6 students. It was an incredible evening, enjoyed by all 🎤👋🏼 https://t.co/oYlwMa0V7X

06/05/22

Young Voices are on the way home. We are due to arrive at 10.40pm. We will update with any further information if this changes.

06/05/22

What an amazing evening we are all having 🎶🗣🎵👍🏻🤩 https://t.co/lvoV3AFEPT

06/05/22

New ETA back at Samuel Ryder for 20:10pm

06/05/22

York Class’ ETA back at Samuel Ryder is 19:55pm. Unless anything changes we will see you then!

06/05/22

Those coming to see Young Voices this evening- we are located in the top right corner, if you are looking at the stage!

06/05/22

With the KS2 assessments taking place next week, the children were excited to receive a little treat from Miss Bacon and Miss Reed. We are incredibly proud of their hard work and wish them good luck for next week. https://t.co/m29nvgXjuI

06/05/22

York Class have had a blast the final photo before dinner. The children have had an incredible time and have made us proud ⛵️🌅 https://t.co/dc0xtQFZ7V

06/05/22

For those collecting children from Young Voices after the performance. We are coach number 88 which is parked at sight 1B- see pictures! https://t.co/Htx4XKLpdI

06/05/22

We have made it! Bring on the rehearsals! 🎶🎼🎵 https://t.co/Hsier2DmrF

06/05/22

And Year 5 and 6 Young Voices trip are on their way to the O2! All very excited and cannot wait for the performance this evening 🎶🎵🎼 https://t.co/j49tSn8gCF

06/05/22

Team 2 taking part in some archery 🏹🎯 https://t.co/Nrmc45PfVs

06/05/22

Some wonderful team work happening from York Class in the team building activities 👏 https://t.co/sV2V43Awrk

06/05/22

Take 2 ☕️🍴 https://t.co/5BZ7xVLp0b

06/05/22

Ready for day 2 just having a lovely breakfast! https://t.co/cAbSZPrrmC

05/05/22

A beautiful night walk for us this evening and some yummy hot chocolate and cake when we got back. Who doesn’t love a class selfie 🌅⛵️☕️❤️ https://t.co/ux3k0HXeC4

05/05/22

Seriously lucky with the sun! The children are having the best time 😄 https://t.co/K4zH2shr6N

05/05/22

Learning lots of new skills ☀️ https://t.co/lkysCNlJLq

05/05/22

The children are hitting the water for some sailing ⛵️ https://t.co/iDcJg9FZTN

05/05/22

Having a tour of the vessel! ⛴☀️ https://t.co/J886R8QQPE

05/05/22

York Class have arrived! Let the activities commence! ⛴ ☀️ https://t.co/UrtmoLE9rI

05/05/22

York Class are finally off on there trip to Fellowship Afloat! The excitement is in full swing! The children have come up with there own hashtag for the trip ⛴ 😄 https://t.co/zwlyXhtUuS

05/05/22

Year 5 came second in the football tournament yesterday afternoon- taking them through to the next round on Saturday morning! Well done boys ⚽️🏆 https://t.co/g0SNQ9vhxW

04/05/22

A wet and soggy end to a wonderful few days away with Bath Class! We are on our way home ☔️☔️🚌 https://t.co/cwEoxvwpHo

04/05/22

I’m so sorry this didn’t send earlier- I had some network errors!!

04/05/22

Bath Class are all packed up and on their way home. 😥 Our ETA at school is 7:55pm. I’ll update Twitter if this is due to change.🚌 The class have been incredible these last few days and have really impressed me with their positive attitudes, manners and team work. ❤️

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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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.

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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. 

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Sam Butcher - Staff Governor

I am really excited to be a support staff governor. I was born and spent most of my life in London Colney. I am a mother of three children, two of which attend Samuel Ryder Academy. I came to this school five years ago and even in that short time, have seen the amazing improvements thanks to the tireless work put in by the staff and students every day.

I am a cover supervisor so have the privilege of working across all phases of the school. I enjoy getting involved in the fantastic extra-curricular options offered including being Head of Austen House and regularly helping backstage with props and costumes for our brilliant school productions.

Becoming  a governor will give me an even deeper understanding of what goes into making Samuel Ryder Academy such a great school, on such an interesting climb, and I cannot wait to be a part of the journey.

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Sarah Ilyas - Parent Governor

I am excited to join the Board of Governors at Samuel Ryder Academy as a Parent governor and look forward to working more closely with the school. Both of my boys go to SRA and are very happy there.

I am an employment lawyer by profession, and although I no longer practice law, I continue to work in a legal capacity. After my youngest son started school, I thought it was time for a change, and I have now completed a MSc in Organisational Psychology with a view to changing careers. I have also recently signed up as a mentor for a young person through a youth mentoring charity.

I am passionate about learning, and believe it is a life-long process that starts at school and should be nurtured. I am equally passionate about ensuring our children get the greatest opportunities at school to be the best they can be: not just academically, but also in terms of their mental and emotional wellbeing.

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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Alison Watkins - Co-opted Governor

Although originally from Scotland, Alison has lived in St Albans for nearly 20 years and has been a Governor since September 2016.  Alison has a son and daughter in the primary phase who are loving being part of the Samuel Ryder Way.  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 to focus on family life and setting up her own business.  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 Governor and is very much enjoying working with the school and pupils to support the SRA values of Achievement, Care and Excellence.

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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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