New Late to School Procedure

After May half term there will be a new late to school procedure. Students need to be in school by 8.35am otherwise they will be deemed late for school and sanctions will apply.

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Governors’ Report 2015

Tring School Governors’ Report is available to view below.

Governors Report 2015

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The Science Department Visit from Jock Clear – F1 Race Engineer to Lewis Hamilton

The science department was very pleased to welcome Jock Clear – the voice on the radio during the races behind many Formula 1 champions for over 21 years. He has had the distinction of performing the key role of race engineer to many F1 world champions, including Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher and most recently Lewis Hamilton – taking him and Mercedes to driver and constructor world champions in 2014.

His role and ability is critical to the success of the drivers, and race engineers maintain a unique relationship with their drivers, based upon mutual trust and respect. As well as being an exceptionally gifted engineer, Jock has outstanding communication skills, empathy and a tremendous sense of humour all of which combine to allow him to build relationships with drivers and teams to ensure that all are working at their maximum capacity. He has to make critical and often split second decisions that are key, take full responsibility for the ultimate set up of the car and manage driver’s large egos, with some tough love as and when necessary.

Jock has arguable enjoyed as successful career in F1, spanning over 25 years that compares favourably to any other engineer. In fact his success and role last year at Mercedes Benz, leading Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to both driver and constructor championships breaking all previous records, has led to him being head hunted by Ferrari as Engineering Director for the entire Ferrari F1 racing team, one of the most coveted positions in the business.

During his day at Tring Jock led a series of presentations/discussions with a range of students from year 7 to sixth form. He described to students how engineers use their skills and knowledge of science to create ergonomically interesting and useful items for human use. He shared many stories from the racetrack and described how engineers have worked to make racing cars faster but also safer, with their having been no deaths on the track since the death of the racing legend Ayrton Senna.

Jock spent lunchtime in the 6th Form centre, where as well engineering he discussed with students other roles in F1, including logistics management (moving an entire F1 team every 2 weeks during the season) through to hospitality, marketing and media

Jock brought in a number of items from Mercedes F1 cars and everyone enjoyed playing with Nico Rosbergs steering wheel and marvelling at the weight of the wing. As Jock is moving to Ferrari to run their engineering team, in the summer – he has less work to do at Mercedes and described how he is embarking on another engineering challenge – to make a copper dress. He has promised to return to Tring when the dress is made!

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Redeveloping Tring School

You will hopefully have seen that the school has been successful with our application for funding to redevelop a significant number of our buildings. At the moment we don’t know which of them will be demolished and rebuilt and which will be refurbished. This will become known over the summer after the Government’s surveyors and architects have spent time with us and devised the best solution. We do know which buildings they have agreed need to be redeveloped though:

  • The sports hall
  • The Neville block
  • The Sixth Form Centre
  • The Hobson block
  • The main school building.

It is the last one, the main school building, which creates the most significant debate. The first four buildings are stand alone and will be addressed in their entirety. For the main building we identified the need to redevelop D&T and art, the gym and changing rooms and the Fells block. However, there is a realistic possibility that this could be extended to include the science block and possibly even more. The downside of this is that we feel it would be completely irresponsible for us to proceed with phase 2 of the science refurbishment. This is a real shame for both pupils and staff as phase 1 has been incredibly well received but I’m sure everyone will understand why we have reached this decision.

Please also note that at this point in time the swimming pool is not included in the planned redevelopment. The responsibility for this lies with Dacorum Borough Council and we are actively engaged with them to determine the best way forward.

We do have a “masterplan” for the whole school site that shows a series of constructions, demolitions and refurbishments. The creation of this, in conjunction with an architect, has taken many months and we hope that the Government will use it when creating their final programme of works. What is certain is that it is going to be a huge project over several years and one of the challenges within this is to make sure that the education and outcomes for our students isn’t undermined in any way.

We are enormously excited by our success and believe that it is fantastic news for both the school and the town. I will share developments and the final plans with you as soon as I can.

Rod Gibberd

Business Director