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Planning application submitted for Multi-Use Games Area

We can confirm that Alban City School has submitted a planning application for a multi-use games area to increase outdoor learning and play space for the school’s pupils, which will enable the school to deliver its outdoor sports curriculum as well as allow all children to play together during playtime. This will include the demolition of the disused Pemberton Building, which is located in the playground.

 

The school has undertaken a thorough appraisal of alternative site strategies, including the retention and re-use of the Pemberton Building, which established that the Pemberton Building is not suitable for today’s educational needs, therefore cannot be retained at reasonable expense and that the public benefit of demolition significantly outweighs the loss. Furthermore, a Heritage Report commissioned by the school states that the Pemberton Building is a poor example of a building from its era ​and in relative terms a building of low heritage significance​. To preserve some of the heritage of the site, it is proposed to re-use ​materials​ from the Pemberton Building to construct various features in the playground including an outdoor ​classroom.​ The proposal also includes a significant amount of planting to provide a high quality playground.

 

The school has consulted with neighbouring residents, Hertfordshire County Council, St Albans District Council, governors and other community stakeholders and their feedback and suggestions has been taken on board. Overall the majority of people consulted over the proposals were in full support and we remain optimistic about our plans.

 

The planning application can be found on http://planning.stalbans.gov.uk reference number 5/2015/2423

Herts Advertiser School Awards

The Herts Advertiser School Awards took place on Wednesday evening at Oaklands College. We were finalists in four categories this year so thank you to our parents for taking the time to nominate our school and staff. Congratulations to Mr Edwards for winning the best Support Staff category and to Bessie who won a Special Recognition award, we are very proud of their achievement.

Half Term

Next week is half term, which is followed immediately by our Occasional Day when school is closed. Children will return to school on Tuesday 2nd June at the normal time.

International Week

We hope everyone has enjoyed the variety of activities that have been taking place this week as part of our first International Week. Each class has learned about a different continent through geography, history, art and cooking activities. This is to help the children learn more about other cultures and countries. We round off the week with our Tour the World event tomorrow in the school hall and hope that parents can join us from 3pm.

Guinness World Record

We did it! Well done to everyone who helped us hop into the Guinness Book of World Records. We had tremendous support on the day and thank you to the PTA members who organised the event.

End of Term

School finishes today at 1.30pm. We hope you all enjoy the Easter break and look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 21st April.

Spring Hop-Along

On Saturday 21st March from 11.30am, Alban City School PTA will be holding a Spring Hop-Along at the school. The main event on the day is a Guinness World Record attempt which will take place at 12pm. We need at least 400 people of any age all hopping at the same time. For anyone who is unable to hop but would like to still be involved in the event, we need a number of independent stewards on the day so please let school know if you can volunteer. Once the Hop itself is over there will be lots of activities for all the family to enjoy, along with a delicious BBQ. We hope to see as many parents as possible along with their family and friends at this amazing event.

Jodie Williams Visit

Jodie Willliams Photo

Yesterday we were very lucky to have a visit from British sprinter, Jodie Williams who led a special PE lesson in sprinting for our Year 2 classes. She then spent time with the children in a question and answer session and also gave pupils the opportunity to hold her Commonwealth and European medals. To mark the occasion we were also joined by Ian Braid from the British Athletes Commission and the Mayor of St. Albans Geoff Harrison.

Book Week

Today saw the start of Book Week. A number of activities have been planned for the children to help promote the love of books and reading. We started with everyone coming to school dressed as their favourite book character which made for a very colourful assembly! Running alongside Book Week will be a Book Fair which will be held in the Community Room.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome back. We hope that everyone has had a good break over the Christmas holidays and is looking forward to settling back into school routines.