Year 8 Drama Club

Year 8 Drama Club premiered their ‘What Goes Up, But Never Comes Down?’ show recently. It was a beautiful piece of drama exploring different stages of life as we grow. It was a promenade performance which led the audience through different performance spaces around school. The audience found this very unusual and exciting. The characters change from playing tag and dreaming of being super heroes, to showing the pressures of teenage life and the transition to becoming adults where the circle of life begins again!

Completely devised by Year 8 with the direction of the Year 12 Drama Captains and assistants, congratulations on a fabulous piece!

Miss McPhee

On Monday 6 March, the Beaumont Junior Drama Company, made up of Year 9 Drama students, took part in the Welwyn Youth Drama Festival with their production of Arbeit Macht Frei, by Paul King. The play explores the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis in the Second World War, showing glimpses of this harrowing event in history.

After the week’s long festival, made up of 21 youth theatre groups, and approximately 400 young actors from across Hertfordshire and North London; Beaumont Youth Drama Company were nominated for the Adjudicator’s award, winning the Technical Theatre award and winning first place for the Junior award category! Our group, made up of 38 students, are thrilled and proud of their result.

Ms Wallace

Samuel Ryder Schools’ Exhibition

We were asked to be involved for the Fifth year in a row in the annual Samuel Ryder Schools’ Art Exhibition. The exhibition was a huge success with a broad range of work from many different schools. This year we chose work from Year 13 students, Conor Quinn, Jess Hall, and Megan Hodges.

Miss Finlay

Art visit to Tate Modern

Earlier this month, we were delighted to take a mixture of Art and Graphics students to the Tate Modern where they were able to practice their Photography skills and view original works of Art. Students enjoyed the new viewing platform and extended Galleries to enhance their coursework projects.

Science Week

To celebrate Science week in school, our GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students spent time making an ‘infomercial’ to help them and others understand key concepts in Food Science. Here they are on their digital video shoot, presenting to camera their explanations and demonstrations showing coagulation, dextrinisation, aeration and enzymic browning to name just a few! In food and film terms, ‘that’s a wrap’!

Mrs Johnston

Royal Academy returns to the Art Department

For the second year running, we were pleased to host the return of the Royal Academy who did a series of drawing workshops with both Year 12 and 13 students. This was a fantastic experience and opportunity for the students to complete a wide variety of drawings and enhance their Art portfolios.

Miss May & Miss Findlay

Science Successes

A group of Year 13 students were recently entered into the Biology Olympiad (hats off to the few that wanted to do it, as it was during mock week!), and we received two Silver medals, two Bronze and two Highly Commended medals. This is an international competition, so to do so well is a real achievement for the students involved.

Congratulations to:

  • Bronze
    Jack Elliot and Brendan Phelan
  • Silver
    Simon Jones and Ellen Dean
  • Highly
    Commended Amelia Reynolds and Ashleigh James

On Thursday 9 February, an Assessor visited the school to look at the CREST awards that our students have been working towards. There were four Year 10 students, one Year 11, and all eight of the Robot Rumble team (Year 9) who were awarded Silver CREST awards. All students had to write a report and present their work to the assessor; they were all amazing, a real credit to the school.

Congratulations to:

Emily Pidcock, Greg Harrison, Amy Cowan, Isla Pennifer, Berenice Laurent, Darius Wurzbacher, Caius Datt, Rebecca Oliver, Lucy Alexander, Jack Cato, Felix Walton, Tomas Linzell and Thomas Copper.

Dr Jones

Mrs Hitch’s successor announced

Mr Atkinson  has been appointed as Beaumont’s next Headteacher

After an extensive application and interview process, our current Deputy Headteacher, Martin Atkinson, has been appointed by the Governing Body to be Beaumont’s new headteacher, commencing September 2017.

Six applicants from schools across the county were selected for the two day appointment process which involved panels comprising governors, staff and students. Three candidates were selected for the second day and at the conclusion of the process, Chair of Governors, Alex Hall, made the following announcement:

‘I am delighted to let you all know that the Governor Recruitment Panel unanimously decided yesterday to offer the post of Headteacher at Beaumont School to Mr Martin Atkinson and he has accepted.

This decision was ratified by the Governing Body last night. The candidates were all put through a very testing and robust process, and we were convinced that Mr Atkinson was the right person for the job. He will take up the post from 1 September 2017’.

The announcement was made formally to the staff this morning at a briefing meeting and was met with cheers and applause.

Parent Governor Election

The Parent Governor election ballot was closed on Thursday 17th November 2016.

BeauSandVer Trust

On Monday 19th September, students from Beaumont, Sandringham and Verulam schools met with their respective headteachers Elizabeth Hitch, Alan Gray and Paul Ramsey to officially launch the BeauSandVer Education Trust, an educational umbrella trust cementing three decades of partnership.

The St Albans schools have an exceptional partnership track record leading a sixth form consortium, enabling students from the three schools to access a broader curriculum and a reach their potential more successfully than would be the case in an individual school. The consortium has always prided itself on its high quality learning environments, excellent teaching, robust assessment, guidance and being at the forefront of innovation.

The BeauSandVer Education Trust comprises over 850 16-18 year olds studying predominately academic A Level courses across 35 subjects. The results are consistently high with over 400 progressing to undergraduate courses at the best universities in the country each year. The Trust attracts large numbers of external applications each year from students wishing to study in such a rich and vibrant environment providing the perfect transition from school to university.

The new Trust will:

  • Cement a strong working relationship
  • Develop the partnership further
  • Explore more opportunities to work together
  • Celebrate a determination to work together whilst retaining each school’s unique identities and governing bodies

The headteachers, students and teachers are very much looking forward to further strengthening the work of the partnership.

‘A’ level success

Headteacher, Elizabeth Hitch, congratulated delighted staff and students who are celebrating another year of record ‘A’ level results: ‘It’s so rewarding that so many students across all levels have reached or surpassed their aspirations’.

Head of Sixth Form, Paul de Kort, reserved special praise for the Year 12 cohort who have successfully completed their first year of the new, and more demanding, reformed ‘A’ level courses, with a record number achieving the highest grades at A/S level. Not to be outdone, several Year 13 students achieved straight A or A* grades, earning them places at prestigious Russell Group universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) on competitive courses such as Medicine, Maths, Social Sciences and Engineering.