Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

Welcome back!

At the start of this new academic year, I would first of all like to thank you for all of your support over last year which has made it possible for our students to succeed in so many ways, not least in public examinations. Please read our website blog for details of our excellent A level and GCSE results and of the excellent individual performances of Year 11 and Year 13 students.We are delighted to welcome back many of our Year 11 students into Sixth Form and also extremely pleased that all of our Year 13 students were able to progress on to their chosen pathway, whether that be employment, further education or higher education, after leaving Ramsey Grammar School.

If you visit the school you will notice the building works being undertaken here to improve facilities for our Sixth Form students.Although it is always somewhat inconvenient to work alongside a building site, I would like to reassure you that this is only for the short term and that we can look forward to an excellent new facility for our students which will give them the space and appropriate environment in which to study.You will also notice that the works along Lezayre Road and on the East carpark are now complete and we are very grateful to everyone involved in this for completing these challenging projects in a relatively short space of time.

As we are starting the new academic year, I would like to draw your attention in particular to our revised Mobile Phone Use Protocol in this edition of RGS Mail.You may have noticed in the press that two secondary schools on the island are undertaking a partial or total ban on mobile phone use in school.We have decided not to do this and to place responsibility for acceptable use of mobile phones on our students.The feeling of staff and students when we consulted them year was that the benefits of mobile phones and digital technologies outweighed the problems which we all know they can cause.

We ask you to read through the protocol carefully and to discuss it with your child to ensure full understanding of all of its implications.We sincerely hope that the students react positively to our decision to allow mobile phones to be brought into school.We do of course withhold the right to change the policy if it appears not be working. We will review the way the new protocol is operating at the end of this half term.

Also in this edition of RGS Mail, is our new Programme for 2018/19 for the Northern Theatre Experience at Ramsey Grammar School.You will see that we have an exciting and varied programme for this year, including West End musicals as well as some of our more traditional offerings.The ‘King and I’ has sold out in Douglas so we would urge you to get your tickets for the showing here on Thursday 29th November whilst they are still available.Please remember to book directly via the links to Live Screening on the school website.

I take this opportunity to welcome the new staff at RGS:

Miss B Brown, Teacher of Social Science

Mr G Bonner, Teacher of English and History

Mr D Foley, Teacher of Social Science

Mr D Pilkington, Teacher of Maths

Miss S Tedds, Teacher of English and History

Mrs K Murphy, Teacher of RE

Mr C Reynolds, Teacher of Science

Finally, I would like to give you advance notice of our annual prizegiving ceremony which takes place on Thursday 11th October.I look forward to rewarding the outstanding achievements of our students and to seeing many of you there on that evening of celebration.