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One of our Sports Academy partners invited our academy players to attend a stadium tour of the home of Watford FC, Vicarage Road Stadium. Our thanks to our partners at Watford FC and their Trust members for their hospitality.


Christmas has started at Harpenden Academy....with our magical foyer!


* Music Academy Rock Band Workshop *Yesterday some of our Year 9, Year 10 and Sixth Form students took part in a brilliant Music Academy Rock Band Workshop.We thank Mr Wilkinson, a professional drummer, for delivering such a fantastic session.#rockband


RBA ‘Thoughtful Decorations’ - students busy preparing our Christmas 🎄 decorations which have a deeper meaning.


We’ve had some incredible entrants into our design a Christmas Card competition, with 225 entries this year. We will be sharing some of the fantastic designs on our countdown to Christmas over the next few weeks.First up is this gorgeous digital drawing from Charm in Year 10.


Oak class taught the naughty elves how to decorate the tree, with the help of Rudolph! 🎄


This morning Year 11 were treated to a performance of A Christmas Carol by to support their learning of this GCSE Lit set text. Absolutely fantastic - students and staff were equally impressed. Would highly recommend to schools that teach this text.


Our fabulous and talented library assistants have been hard at work today to make the library look fun ‘n’ festive. They have done a great job!


Oh no… some cheeky elves got into the school overnight and have tried to decorate for Christmas! They haven’t done a very good job so I think we’d better help them today… 🎄


Year 9 Enrichment PEAfter learning about different Methods of Training the students braved the sub-zero conditions to take part in a Continuous Training Session down the Lee Valley Path. Amazing effort this morning! 👏


* Latest News * joins Scholars' Education Trust. Read full news story here


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Providing high-quality education for more than 5000 children across 7 schools, has chosen Alps to support the sharing of best practice across the Trust. You can find more information around Alps and how we support Trusts here:


Ladybirds have had a fantastic time learning new skills on the iPad this morning with Nick from Select Academy.


* Samuel Ryder Rugby Academy Trials *NEXT MONDAY, 4th December: 4.15pm-5.45pmTrials for current Year 11 students for a Sept 2024 place at our academy for a rugby programme alongside A-Levels.Register here:


Support roles closing soon! Highly sought after term time vacancies including:▶️After School Club Asst▶️Cover Supervisor▶️First Aid Co-ordinator▶️Teaching Assistant▶️Wraparound Care Manager


Congratulations to the students in yr8 who were recognised for their effort and achievement this month.


JLT Virtual Reality! JLT being RBA Ambassadors testing out the new RBA VR system 🖥️😀


We are so impressed by the confidence of Yr8s leading Yr12 form promoting Maths!


Thank you to Miss Pett for organising. Lovely get together for year 7, friendship & pizza 🍕


In Oak class, the Message Centre is our favourite place to play. Today, we made a rainbow pen and used it to create lots of interesting marks. Even Mrs Ward wanted to join in the fun!


Teaching vacancies closing soon! Join a supportive and expanding MAT across Beds and Herts including :🟢Asst Head of Science🟢Design & Technology🟢English🟢Geography (MAT)


Year 13 students in A Level Chemistry class were measuring the pH of acids using data loggers as part of their practical assessment.


Wonderful design. Congratulations Anna.


Workshop wonders. Great creativity seen from the students, in the session on ‘strange designs’. A design and make brief on taking an existing ‘boring’ but functional product and creating something new and fun.

Central Team

IAN CUSHION - Trust Estates Manager

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Responsible for Scholars' Education Trust estate management across its 5 schools including, management of the site teams, planned preventative & reactive maintenance, health and safety compliance, management of capital projects, asset management and finance.

Ian has 6 Years’ experience managing the health, safety & emergency planning for a local authority including; clienting and auditing of the councils housing maintenance, gas and water hygiene contracts, waste refuse contract, leisure services, playgrounds, grounds and cemetery maintenance along with coordinating of the councils response to borough wide emergencies.

15 years leisure management experience including; finance, company lead for technical services and health & safety, asset management, project managing & quality auditing.

OLIVER DRAINE - Director of IT

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Ollie has a significant understanding of the challenges and demands of IT systems in schools.  He oversees the strategic direction of our IT provision across the Trust, working with the Headteachers at each school to use the knowledge and skills of the IT teams to support and enhance both teaching and learning and the administration of the school, ensuring accessibility to service and the IT provision is exactly what the schools require.  Ollie has a high level knowledge of the Apple iPads (both management and educationally), internet and cloud solutions (such as office 365 and iCloud).

HEATHER HACKWOOD - Trust Attendance Manager

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Heather manages attendance across the Trust Schools to ensure all schools have excellent levels of attendance and students maximise their full potential.

Heather and her team support families in ensuring the regular and punctual attendance of students and work proactively to remove barriers of poor attendance.  The robust attendance procedures and strategies in place, ensure safeguarding, improve outcomes for our students and support staff in managing persistent absence.

TOM RIVERS - Deputy Director of IT

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Tom has many years’ experience of working within IT in education and uses this expertise to support the Director of IT and the Headteachers and schools that he looks after.  Tom has significant expertise in windows management, scripting, coding and the networking side of IT. 

Tom’s approach supports the ethos of the Trust that IT support is only “one click away”; whether that’s a personal visit or remote access to support each of the schools onsite provision.

REBECCA ROBERTSON - Trust Payroll Manager


Rebecca is responsible for the payroll processes and procedures across all schools within the Trust and the central team. This includes the preparation and submission of all statutory returns to HMRC and pension schemes.  Rebecca has 14 years’ experience in the education sector, providing payroll, finance and business management support to schools and academies.  Prior to this, Rebecca was in banking for 17 years, covering various management roles, and latterly leading a team of specialist tax and pension advisers.

Rebecca and her team pride themselves in providing an expert payroll service.

LADAN SHIRAZI - Directorof SEND and Safeguarding

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Ladan is a Chemist and has been teaching for 26 years, holding senior leadership positions in all key stages.  She has extensive knowledge and understanding of both primary and secondary phases of education and has been Head of Inclusion, SENDCo, DSL and has recently led the primary phase of Samuel Ryder Academy.

Ladan holds Post Graduate qualifications in Science, Special Educational Needs and Education studies and is a member of the British Psychological Society as a specialist assessor.

Ladan will be working very closely with all SET Headteachers, SENDCos, Designated Senior Leads and Governors to ensure that the provision for all our SET learners is of the highest quality and they receive the best quality of education, care and support. 


Marta K

Marta has recently joined the Trust having worked in the HR field for 10+ years. Her most recent role was a HR Manager in a standalone academy. Marta is very passionate about embedding HR best practices through clear policies and suitable procedures in place to enhance performance of our staff. Together with her team, she oversees many functions including recruitment, onboarding, absence and record management, as well as employee’s wellbeing.

Most importantly, Marta and her team are available to provide confidential, relevant and timely support for all teaching and support staff in the Trust.

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