St Albans School and Bernards Heath Junior School Partnership
Teaching staff along with Lower Sixth (Year 12) helpers travel to Bernards Heath Primary 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 visiting for a term of half a term to run classes at Bernards Heath.
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 Bernards Heath Junior School get the chance to get involved in activities run by specialist teachers. The Sixth Form assistants from St Albans School benefit from working out in the community and learn valuable soft-skills.
St Albans School has worked in Partnership with Bernards Heath for at least five years.
Resources required are almost all staff and pupils time; the St Albans 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 by St Albans School. Taxis are also provided for the St Albans School staff and students travelling to Bernards Heath.
The staff at Bernards Heath are very enthusiastic and appreciative of the activities provided.
Three Lower Sixth (Year 12) assist with Art master classes, and 3 with Drama. In addition 2 students assist in the classrooms at Bernards Heath as volunteers on Friday afternoons throughout the academic year.
Activities take place weekly during specified terms throughout the academic year on a rotational basis