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Over the holidays, work has progressed well on the playground development. As expected, the first half of the playground will be completed for the start of term and work will then begin on the sports pitch. Here are a couple of pictures to show you how much things have changed in six weeks!

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We look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday for the start of the new school year.

School Awards…

Alban City School have won Primary School of the Year 2016. Thank you to everyone who voted for us, we are very proud.




Paddington Bear comes to Alban City School


Last Friday we held a charity scooter wash in support of Action Medical Research who help sick and disabled children. Action Medical Research is Paddington Bear’s favourite charity and he paid school a very special visit. As well as bringing their favourite bear to school to meet Paddington, the children also brought their scooters to school and helped a team of volunteers wash them.  The total amount raised on the day was £428. Thank you to everyone for supporting this event by organising, donating and volunteering.


Planning Application

We are pleased to announce that the planning application for the demolition of the Pemberton Building and the creation of a multipurpose games area and increased play space has been approved by St Albans District Council. Work will commence later in the year once all planning pre-requisites and conditions have been met.

The school are looking forward to having an outdoor sports facility alongside an imaginative and high quality playground.

Our Chair of Governors is awarded an MBE

Linda Crawley, the lead proposer, founder and current Chair of Governors for Alban City School was recognised for her services to education during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on Tuesday 8th December.

“I am delighted to receive such an accolade for something I enjoy and I am passionate about. This award is not just for me but for the teams I have been fortunate enough to work with. I continue to be excited about ensuring every child receives a high quality and well-rounded education.” said Mrs Crawley.

Children in Need

Thank you to everyone who has supported Children in Need today by helping with activities and in sending in donations. The children have had fun with the sports activities that school have been running in the hall. Special thanks to the PTA for holding their Scooter Wash in the courtyard. The parent helpers along with four volunteers from our accountants Kingston Smith helped the children clean their scooters a class at a time & completed the challenge despite some very changeable weather, they did a great job!




Alban City School and Access Self Storage join forces

Alban City School and Access Self Storage join forces to help refugees in Calais

This year, the parents and children at Alban City School are helping efforts to provide aid for refugees in Calais. They have already sent hundreds of items including firewood, building materials and cooking equipment to bring comfort to refugees stuck in camps.

The donations are piling up quickly, so quickly in fact that here at the school we have no room for them anymore! Luckily, the team at Access Self Storage Hemel Hempstead has agreed to store all of the excess items free of charge until sufficient funds can be raised to transport them to Calais.

Local parent Max Abbiss-Biro has set up a crowd-funding page with a target of £500 to cover the cost of transporting the items to the refugees by the end of the month. Staff, students and parents have already donated over £350 to the cause.

Max said: “With help from the community, we can deliver real and effective relief through what promises to be a very challenging winter for men, women and children trapped in the dunes outside Calais – a two hour drive and a half-hour ferry ride from our front doors.”

If you would like to get involved, you can help in two ways:

Either by making a donation at: http://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/AlbantoCalais or by donating items to be sent over to Calais: currently Max and his team are looking for donations of tents, boots, jackets, mobile phones, razors and food, to help refugees in the coming winter months.

All item donations should be taken to Access Self Storage Hemel Hempstead on Riversend Road, which has kindly offered free use of its storage space until the end of the appeal.


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.