St Albans School and Alban City School Partnership
Teaching staff along with Lower Sixth (Year 12) helpers travel to Alban City School on Friday afternoons to provide master classes for the primary school pupils. Classes are offered in Music, Drama, Art, French and Maths. A timetable is established at the start of each academic year with the teachers from St Albans School visiting for a term or half a term to run classes at Alban City.
The aim of the project is to help provide specialist teaching to children in state schools in the St Albans community.
Provision of time in the timetables of the St Albans School teaching staff is required to run the programme.
The pupils at Alban City School get the chance to get involved in activities run by specialist teachers. In Maths sessions run for targeted groups of children e.g. Gifted and Talented, helps to develop mathematical ability in the children and an enthusiasm for the subject. The Sixth form assistants from St Albans School benefit from working out in the community and learn valuable soft-skills.
On noticing the new Free School in the City the Head of St Albans School Partnership contacted the Head and visited the school. A Partnership was then established in September 2013.
Resources required are almost all St Albans School staff and pupils' time; the teaching staff and Sixth form assistants along with coordination of the programme by the Head of Partnership. Some resources for the Art projects are also provided.
Alban City's Head is very enthusiastic and appreciative of the activities provided.
Five Lower Sixth (Year 12) assist with Music master classes, 2 with Art and 4 with Drama. In addition 4 students assist in the classrooms at Alban City as volunteers on Friday afternoons throughout the academic year.
Activities take place weekly during specified terms throughout the academic year on a rotational basis.