Schools news round up (Including Potten End School’s first prize in film making challenge)

Potten End First School celebrate film making award
Potten End First School celebrate film making award

The latest news from schools in your area.

Potten End First School

Pupils from Potten End School have celebrated winning first prize in the 2014 Hertfordshire School Film Making Challenge.

Eight young members of the school’s film making club worked together on a three minute short film based on the theme of road safety. The film is centered around a young boy who wants to earn his ‘’Walk to School’’ badge but is held back by his mother who thinks the roads are too dangerous.

After a few inspiring dreams about the right and wrong ways to cross the road, the boy eventually walks to school safely successfully, being awarded his badge.

After winning the competition, the children were invited by the County Council to the Hertfordshire theatre to see their film on the big screen and recieved a glass trophy for the school.

Each child was also awarded a visit to the popular Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesden; they all said they couldn’t wait to go.

Claire Wallis, who is in charge of the school’s film making club was very happy for the children, saying ‘’they all worked very hard on the film, They’re all stars!’’

Kings Langley School

Kings Langley School in Hemel Hempstead is to recieve a full scale redevelopment to modernise it and bring it up to speed with other competing secondary schools in the area.

The school has finalised it’s development plans and the Education Funding Agency has recently commisioned Interserve Kajima to oversee the construction of the new school.

Established in 1999, Kajima is serving as the primary bidder for the redevelopment of several schools across the country and has previously invested £150million across five major education projects.

Some of the improvements to be built include a fully-fledged coach drop-off point for eight coaches, a weather station and eco-garden to enhance the school’s science subjects and a redesigned sports court for tennis and netball. While several aspects of the school will change, the re-development will retain the existing woodland that surrounds the school.

The new development is part of the government’s PFI rebuild scheme established in 2012 by Michael Gove. The scheme states that all education projects need to be completed by 2016 while also reducing environmental impact through less energy usage and cutting down decorating costs to keep school budgets at an acceptable level.

Any comments or queries on the school’s re-development can be directed at headteacher Gary Lewis at a public consultation meeting at the school on the 30th of April from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

Tring School

Tring School held a science fair for its younger pupils last week.

The event was run by Jack Jordan along with several Sixth Form students and aimed to entertain the younger members of the school in Years 7, 8, and 9 to encourage them to take up science subjects in their future years at Tring. Activities included a varied range of experiments, a mobile planetarium and a cake stall to raise funds for the school.

Longdean School

Staff and students at Longdean School were pleased to learn that the first stage of their application for an International School Award Reaccreditation was successful.

The work carried out by the school over many years was recently recognised by the British Council.

The Council said that the school’s focus on foreign citizenship and culture was “an excellent application of embedding internationalism into the fabric of the curriculum’’ and congratulated the staff and student on their work to raise awareness and understanding in both school and the workplace.

The accreditation measures up a school’s contribution to international learning based on agreed standards of teaching.

The various collaborations with partner schools in Europe and Ghana result in mutual benefits for all students, such as the acquisition of useful language skills and the opportunity to join several school trips and projects overseas for Longdean students.

Maylands School

The Borough of Dacorum has uncovered a fascinating piece of history about a post-war school which operated from the 50s through to the 70s.

Three former students, all of whom were the first headboys at the school one after the other from 1967 to 1971 were reunited in Hemel Hempstead on a nostalgic evening meet-up earlier this month.

Bishop Wood School

Pupils with Type 1 Diabetes organised a fund raising and awareness day at Bishop Wood School in Tring in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The charity works towards finding a cure for the condition.

As well as raising money, the day was designed to educate parents and children of the signs and symptoms to look out for which highlight the onset of type 1, such as excessive thirst, frequent trips to the toilet, tiredness and un explained weight loss.

To find out more about the condition contact the JDRF or go to

West Herts College

A slap-up meal with added spice is on the menu at West Herts College on Tuesday May 20.

The South American Gourmet meal is described as ‘exciting and delicious’ and will feature empanadas and coxinha, seared snapper with an escabeche sauce served with mango & palm heart salsa Chilean Canja Brazilian Chicken Soup and much more as well as a carnival of desserts.

Tckets, which are £30 per head, are available to buy online at