Schools news round-up (including volunteer readers helping to start a new chapter at Astley Cooper)

Scooterpods donated to Chaulden Infants and Junior School
Scooterpods donated to Chaulden Infants and Junior School

The latest news from schools in your area.

Harriers dig deep for Woodfield School

Reading partner scheme at the Astley Cooper School PNL-140620-134140001

Reading partner scheme at the Astley Cooper School PNL-140620-134140001

Each year the Gade Valley Harriers make a donation from the profits from theire runs to a worthy Dacorumcause. Last month we held a party to thank all of our members for giving up their time to make them happen, and we also were able to give a cheque for £750 towards a very deserving cause.

Each year the club members vote on who they want the donation to go to, and this year we chose Woodfield School in Leverstock Green, a school for 3-19 year olds with severe and complex learning difficulties.

The school are having a big fundraising effort at the moment, trying to raise £1,000,000, to provide a new Hydrotherapy Pool and Sports Hall for the pupils. If you would like to donate towards the School’s project, you can do so by using the schools JustGiving site at

Volunteers help readers start a new chapter at Astley Cooper

An ambitious programme to ensure every student has their own dedicated reading partner is successfully underway at Astley Cooper School. Over 30 adult volunteers from the community and school support staff hear students read each week. Through individual support, volunteers ensure even the most keen readers seek out challenging and complex books.

Literacy co-ordinator Patrick Walker spoke of the team effort to promote reading: “We are delighted that the local community have shown such a strong interest in working with our students and are appreciative of the time given up by support staff to help improve reading skills.

“This support really strengthens the work we are doing in lessons and we are greatly encouraged by the willingness of so many to play a part.”

Maggie Harvey has been a reading volunteer since January and said: “I think this is a wonderful way to give students one to one support and my students are reading with more confidence. The students here really want to do well and like all the staff here, we want to see them succeed.”

Meanwhile in The Astley Cooper School, pupils raised more £150 for DENS who provide a range of servicesthat help homeless people living in Dacorum. Years 7 and 8 students took part in the Tenner Challenge, a national initiative where they received £10 and had to use their entrepreneurial skills to raise money for a charity of their choice.

Scooterpods for Chaulden Infants and Juniors

Funding for the scooterpods was provided by local county councillor Terry Douris from the Hertfordshire County Council Locality Budget Scheme.

“Younger children love to come to school using their scooters and the scooterpods provide a secure store for these during the day. It really is great to see the youngsters being active and at same time enjoying the exercise and fresh air meeting with their friends along the way with their parents” said Terry.

The chsool support walk to school week week and the children all went home with super badges for their efforts, and even those who have to use cars because of distance adopted the motto Park and Stride and parked a little further from the school so that they could join in.

Big Lottery boost for Kings Langley

Kings Langley School’s Early Intervention Partnership is delighted to have been successful in gaining Big Lottery Funding.

We are delighted to be in receipt of a £9,850 grant which will be used to support the Kings Langley School Early Intervention Partnership consisting of Kings Langley Secondary School, Kings Langley Primary School, Bedmond Primary School, Sarratt Primary School, Nash Mills Primary School and St Pauls Chipperfied Primary School. The funding will be used to support a mentoring and support service, to include emotional and well being support and counselling services for young people within the consortium. The project will give young people who are encounteringdifficulties in school that are not educationally related access to receive support and guidance to manage stress.

Head Gary Lewis said: We are delighted to be in receipt of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and this will help potentially 270 children and young people cope with some of life’s challenges.”