The name was chosen because it reflects the desire to make it a school that is very much at the heart of the St Albans community. Samuel Ryder was completely committed to the city, bringing business and employment to the locality but also getting fully involved in St Albans’ public life. He played a key role in the civic, commercial and community activities of St Albans not least through his time on the council and as Mayor.
The values of innovation and hard work that he showed in his life will be key values of the new academy too. His creation of the Ryder Cup, and his love of golf, show that he also appreciated the importance of a healthy lifestyle and of extra-curricular interests – which will also be central to the new academy.
Bryan Hanlon from the Samuel Ryder Foundation said:
“The Samuel Ryder Foundation is delighted to be associated with the new Samuel Ryder Academy. Apart from donating one of the world's most prestigious sporting trophies, Samuel should be remembered for his achievements in business, horticulture, public service and philanthropy. For him, St Albans was "the centre of the kingdom.”
Sir John Lawes School (SJL) in Harpenden are the lead sponsors of the new Academy which will become part of the wider Sir John Lawes’ Educational Trust which will sit over the top of both schools monitoring standards and performance.
Sir John Lawes Headteacher, Claire Robins said:
“Our key objectives over the next couple of years are to create a school that inspires confidence from its whole community and which enables its students to achieve more than they might ever have believed possible. We want to create a school where students are educated to play an active role in an ever-changing world and where they are given the skills to make a valuable contribution, locally, nationally and globally.”
Francis Bacon Chair of Governors Mary Braham said:
“The Governors of Francis Bacon support the name Samuel Ryder for the new academy enthusiastically. Though most people connect him with Golf he was much more than that as a modern man for St Albans, an entrepreneur, politician and churchman he had vision and community values for the people of St. Albans. He was dedicated to the improvement and the quality of his local community and worked tirelessly to develop that ethos. These are values the Samuel Ryder Academy will aspire to and promote.”