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Ralph Allen School 



Respect  | Teamwork |  Personal Best

RAS News   

Friday 10 December 2021 

Upcoming Calendar Events

Monday 13 December 
Craft Fayre, period 1&2 , 9.05-10.05am 

Wednesday 15 December 
Year 11 Formal Mock Results collection (During tutor time) 

Thursday 16 December 
Sixth Form Revue
Early School Closure from 12.30-12.45pm
Term 2 ends 

Tuesday 4 January 
Inset Day 

Covid testing - See below for timings (full details on letter) 
Years 7 & 8:  Testing from 9am-10.15am
Year 10, 12 & 13:  Testing from 11am - 12.15pm 
Year 9 & 11:  Testing from 1.30-2.45pm 

Wednesday 5 January 
ALL students return to school - Week A

You can find the calendar on the school website which is updated constantly. 
You can also add the relevant Year group events directly to your phone. See here for further information. 

Christmas Lunch and Jumper Day 

Christmas jumper and lunch day is always one both staff and students look forward to. It was lovely to see lots of happy, smiley faces around the site. There were some fantastic Christmas jumpers this year! The day was topped off by a yummy Christmas Lunch prepared by our catering team. 

Thank you to everyone who donated money towards 'Save the Children' charity. 

Winter Music concert 

A socially distanced audience of a hundred were treated to some amazing performances on Wednesday at our Winter Concert.  Throughout the pandemic our music students have continued to rehearse and make music together both live and virtually but this performance marked the first time that we were able to perform live as all our concerts since December 2019 have been virtual videos.
All our Extra-Curricular ensembles performed.  Junior Jazz treated us to their version of All Blues by Miles Davies whilst the senior Jazz Ensemble wowed us with some amazing soloing and tight rhythmic playing in Strasbourg St. Denis and Chameleon.  The orchestra performed a selection of pieces including an arrangement of the Allegretto from Beethoven's 7th Symphony, a Medley of James Bond theme tunes and Winter Wonderland.  The Bach to Broadway Choir performed the Mamas and Papas classic California Dreaming, Electricity from Billy Elliot, Seasons of Love from Rent and Carol of the Bells which added to the festive flavour of our 2nd half.
Solos were performed by Matthew (year8), Gavin (year8), Jacob (year8), Molly (year11), Amelia (year11), Tom, (year13), Charlie (year13) and Lydia (year13) - well done to these students in particular for braving the nerves and allowing us to hear their impressive playing.  
Overall it was a truly joyous evening filled with music and smiles and in every sense showed the Ralph Allen values of Respect, Teamwork and Personal Best.
Congratulations to everyone involved!

Evening of Dance 

On Tuesday 2 December, 108 Dancers took part in the Evening of Dance.  We had two performances to an audience of parents and carers which was the first time in two years that we have been able to welcome an audience.

All the performers started learning dances back in September and were taught in mixed year groups by our fabulous Dance Prefects who are in year 12/13.  The students practiced at break times and at Dance Club which saw a snowball effect of participation where only 20 came to the first session. By October, 108 students were regularly attending over the two after-school clubs. 

What was really lovely to see was the friendships that have been formed over the last few months and the growth in confidence of many of students.  Our prefects have inspired the next generation and already a lot of students now are asking to teach the younger students which has been lovely to see, the cycle continues! 

As well as the dancers who performed, we had students involved in the Lighting and Music Compilation and Sound.  Thank you to Louie, Matthew and Leo who were our student technicians who were greatly supported by Mr Godwin and Mr Handley. 

Thank you to all staff involved in every aspect of the organisation and provision of the 'Evening of Dance'  in what has been a very busy term, your support and help was much appreciated by all.
Thanks again to our fantastic Dance Prefects: Emma, Vanessa, Ursula, Sophie, Cianna, Skye, Sara, Rowan, Evie and Martha.
We hope new and old dancers will join in January when we will be learning new dances from Monday 10 January.
Merry Christmas!

Year 7 Poetry Slam 

The annual year 7 poetry slam which took place on Monday 29 November was a roaring success. The variety of poems was exceptional and showed an excellent range of skill. The performances were varied and full of energy.

The competition exemplifies Ralph Allen's values of respect, teamwork and personal best. The whole year group were so supportive in cheering on the representatives from their learning group. Students competed in both individual and group categories and managed to navigate the technological difficulties.

Another fantastic year of poetry slamming! 

My Fair Lady 

The rehearsals for 'My Fair Lady' are now in full swing; the cast are working hard and looking forward to packed audiences in March ( fingers crossed!) So we are now looking to transform our school hall into a market place, Higgins House, The Embassy Ball, Ascot to name a few places and seek your help. I will send requests…… so please keep your eye out and let us know if you can help.

Creative over Christmas?

Are you able to make a bunch of paper / material flowers to ‘donate’ to the flower sellers / market place? If so, please let me know by email.

Many hands make light work etc and we need as many as possible. Many Thanks and a Happy Christmas to you all.

 The Drama and Music Departments

Medicine Interview Practice at Prior Park School on 16 November 2021

On Tuesday November 16, five year 12 students – Alex, Skye, Alexia, Ted and Jack – attended a Medicine Interview Practice evening run by Prior Park School. The evening began with a very helpful presentation by Dr Alistair Kerr from the RUH on the application process for medicine including very helpful advice on how to prepare a strong application, how to prepare for the BMAT and UCAT as well as interviews themselves.

The students then split up into small groups, each one with a local doctor who gave each student a practice interview followed by detailed and constructive feedback. The evening was aimed at both Year 12 and Year 13 students and, while some of our students are still not finally decided if they will apply for medicine, they all participated with enthusiasm and gave a very respectable performance.

The practice interviews were an excellent opportunity for interview experience with professional medics which our students found extremely helpful. We are grateful to Mr Robert Trott, head of Science at Prior Park School for forwarding an invitation to Ralph Allen students to the evening via Ms Amy Tytherleigh, our own Head of Science.
Ms Katie Rutter, Deputy Head of Sixth Form

Year 12 Oxford Taster Day 

On Wednesday 24 November, 30 year 12 students travelled by coach to Oxford for a taster day hosted by Merton College, one of Oxford’s link colleges for state schools in the South West. Their Schools Liaison Officer, Fiona, gave a detailed presentation on what is unique about studying at Oxford and Cambridge as well as information about the application process. The students then had a short mathematics lecture on the nature of infinity where they were able to answer some very challenging questions! This was followed by a Q and A session with three current students at Merton who answered a wide range of questions from our students. Lunch was followed by a second lecture on philosophy where the lecturer tried to prove that there was no way of us knowing that we were actually in a lecture theatre in Oxford at that moment – again, our students were unfazed and were happy to answer questions and engage in debate. The visit ended with a guided tour of Merton including its very impressive Chapel and Dining Hall.
Following the visit to Merton, students were free to explore Oxford for a couple of hours before returning to Bath by coach. We hope that the students now have a clearer idea of what it might be like to study at Oxford and that the visit helped them to decide if they would like to make an application next year. They should also be much more aware of what steps they can take now to help them prepare for such an application. The students were – as always! – fantastic ambassadors for the school throughout the day. Very many thanks go to Mr Paisley as well for accompanying us on the trip.
Our next event in connection with Oxbridge applications will be the BANES Oxbridge Conference on March 9 in Bath.
Katie Rutter, Deputy Head of Sixth Form

Tree planting of 18 trees - Saturday 26 February, 10.30am-1pm 

In partnership with the Forest of Avon Trust and B&NES, Ralph Allen School has received funding for 17 trees. Three Cherry trees will be planted by the Lee Centre in a proposed new seating area for students. Fourteen more trees, including Birch, Amelanchier, Field Maple and Prunus trees will be planted in an open area near the music room and playing field. 
In addition to this the school have been gifted another tree, as part of a lovely idea which is called the Queen’s Green Canopy, a project in recognition of Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee next year. Our Queen’s Green Canopy Tree will be planted at the school entrance. Along with this special additional tree we would also like to bury a time capsule, the contents of which will be decided by the students. More details to follow. 
This initiative is part of B&NES pledge to mitigate our climate and ecological emergency by providing more green cover across the region. With student and parent involvement we will be making our own pledge of support.
To make this possible we need parents, students and anyone from the Ralph Allen School community who would like to be involved to come along and help plant the trees. We will be planting them on Saturday 26 February between 10.30am - 1pm. Please use the link below to register your interest in joining us to plant these amazing trees and be involved with this special event. 
Details may change as the time comes closer so if you register we will be able to keep you up to date. 
Looking forward to it and meeting members of the school community to help make this happen!


Admissions Consultation 

Ralph Allen School admission authority would like to give notice of changes to the school Admission Policy for the 2023/24 academic year. 

The draft policy for consultation can be viewed on the link below or a copy is available, on request from the school by contacting 

2023/24 Proposed Admission Policy 

The proposed changes require a six-week consultation period in line with the Admissions Code of Practice. The consultation period will run from Friday 3 December 2021 until Friday 14 January 2022. 

Any comments regarding the policy must be returned by Friday 14 January 2022 and addressed to: 

Miss A Davies, Ralph Allen School, Claverton Down Road, Bath, BA2 7AD or emailed to


Below is a list of new policies we would like to make you aware of: 
  1. Safeguarding & Child Protection 
  2. Equalities Policy 
  3. First Aid Policy  

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