|Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:12|
RES Grand Opening
Dominic Raab, MP, joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Elmbridge, Cllrs John and Mary Sheldon, staff, students, Governors and parents at Rydens School to officially open the school as Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College. He described the school as “blazing a trail” in Elmbridge as it successfully converted to a new high performing academy during the summer months.
Along with its new academy status, the school is celebrating a change of name-to Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College or R E S, and a new logo, badge and new motto, “believe, achieve, succeed”. The new motto was created by Spencer Miller, a Year 9 student at the school and shows, as Mr Raab stated, a “fantastic self-confidence and optimism about the future of the school”.
Mr Raab went on to state that these changes have been led by Nikki Knight, an “extremely dynamic headteacher”, who is driving up standards in the school, forging even stronger links with schools and local businesses and the school, in becoming an academy, will be able to be more innovative, have more financial freedom and be able to spread good practice with partnered schools.
Chair of Governors, Margaret Hicks, described the recent changes as “a real boost for the school” and said there was “a great buzz as everyone had pulled together as a school for our local children”
Students have been actively involved in the process and are also excited by the developments that have been made at the school. Shannon Thorne, a Year 11 student, described the new logo, which clearly shows the four houses in the school as “really colourful and eye-catching” and thought it was great to have the strong house system represented in the school badge.
Nikki Knight thanked the staff, Governors and parents who had worked so hard and been so positive about the new developments and said the changes were the perfect opportunity to build on the previous successes of the school as we move forward as a community to be innovative and inspire our students to excel both academically and in their positive attitude to learning. Enterprise is about developing the fundamental skills of problem solving, working in teams and communicating all of which are necessary whatever the future careers of our students.
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