St Albans School and Prae Wood Primary School Partnership
Master classes are run every Friday afternoon during term time by St Albans School teaching staff. Classes in Design and Technology, Information Technology and Science are run at St Albans School. The Primary school pupils walk to St Albans School where they get the opportunity to use equipment and facilities not normally available to them in their Primary School. Drama, Music and Art sessions are also run on Fridays; these take place either at St Albans School or out in the Partnership School according to need and locality of the Partnership school. Maths, STEM and French teachers also visit Partnership schools to run extension classes for different groups of pupils. Lower Sixth students assist the St Albans School teachers with the running of the Master classes in addition to those helping out as classroom assistants.
Each academic year all the local schools involved in our Partnership scheme are invited to state which activities they would like to get involved in. A timetable is then set up by the Head of Partnership, with each school participating for either a term or half a term.
The aim of the project is to provide the Prae Wood School pupils with the opportunity to use facilities not normally available to them in their school and to benefit from the guidance of specialist St Albans School staff. Our staff are able to cover specific areas of the Primary School curriculum, such as programming in ICT and various Science topics. In the process staff provide training for the accompanying Primary teachers.
Good communication and coordination of the scheme is vital to its success: Over eighty Lower Sixth pupils who assist with Partnership activities on Friday afternoons.
Provision of time in the timetables of the St Albans School teaching staff is required to run the programme.
The Sixth form assistants from St Albans School benefit from working out in the community and learn valuable soft-skills.
The Partnership with Prae Wood School was established approximately eight years ago.
The main resource is the time provided by St Albans School staff and pupils; time is spent on the project by the teaching staff and Sixth form assistants, as well as by the Head of Partnership who coordinates the programme.
Materials for the Science lessons, D&T and Art projects are also provided by St Albans School.
Two science labs are utilised by Partnership on Friday afternoons, with two teachers each teaching half the class. Laboratory technicians set up for the practical activities. One of the IT suites is used for the lessons.
Praewood also have their swimming lessons in our school pool each Monday during term time and we provide coaches and lifeguards.
Feedback is received from both the Head and teachers who are enthusiastic and appreciative of the support provided.
Six Lower Sixth (Year 12) assist with Science master classes and 2 with IT. In addition 2 students assist at Prae Wood as PE assistants on Friday afternoons throughout the academic year.
Activities take place weekly during throughout the academic year on a rotational basis