Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

It’s Standalone Week again!

I have just returned from the Sea Terminal where a number of trips departed this morning for destinations near and far during this year’s standalone week. Students are travelling to Paris, Brussels, Valkenburg and Amsterdam as well as to destinations closer to home such as Liverpool and Sealyham. There is also a wide range of on-island opportunities on offer which include Arts and Crafts, Bowling and Laser Blast, Venture Centre activities and ‘Murder, Mystery and Mayhem’. The extra-curricular trips and activities offered during standalone week are a clear demonstration of Ramsey Grammar School’s commitment to providing ‘Excellence for All’. We are very much aware that learning takes place beyond as well as in the classroom and we are very proud to be able to offer our students such a wide range of diverse activities.

One of these enrichment opportunities concluded the day before standalone, with the return to Bayreuth of our German exchange partners after a brilliant week on the sunny Isle of Man. Some of our Sixth Form students were able to take up the unique chance to add “Work Experience in a European Country” to their CV through placements in and around Bayreuth earlier this term. Both sides of this exchange were an outstanding success with friendships made for life between its participants, many of whom have already made arrangements to return to Germany during the summer holiday.

To make any of these events happen takes an extraordinary amount of work by dedicated staff. I would like to thank Miss Devlin and Mrs Rousseau for their work on the inaugural German work experience exchange and Mrs Butler-Smith, Mr Corrin and all the members of our hard working office support staff for making it possible to run such a wide array of activities during Standalone week. None of this could happen without their help or without the help of all staff, particularly those who leave their families behind for a short time to accompany our students on off-island trips. I am sure that parents and carers appreciate the peace and quiet at home which is a serendipitous by-product of this fantastic week!

As another year draws to a close, we look towards the results days in the summer and would like to remind students that A Level results will be available from Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 16th August from 9.00 am and GCSE results on Thursday 23rd August. Some IGCSE results will be published on-line for students to access by password a week before GCSE results day. On both results days, staff will be on hand to provide advice and support to students. Induction interviews for the sixth form will take place on the afternoon of the 23rd and on Friday 24th August.

We will be saying goodbye to a number of long standing members of staff at the end of this term. We would like to wish John Hutchinson, Julie Owen and Vicky Pugh a very long and happy retirement and extend our very best wishes to Vikki Hope, Conor Keelaghan, Pete Owen and support staff, Linda Shimmin, Susie Fargher and Sally Parish as they move on to pastures new.

I wish you a very happy and sunny summer holiday and look forward to seeing students old and new at the start of the new academic year on Wednesday 5th September.

Mrs A G Baker


July 2018