Primary Award Winners

Over £250,000 Granted to Hertfordshire Primary Schools Since September 2019
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Primary Award Winners: Autumn Term 2023

Here is a round-up of the primary awards granted so far in the autumn term of 2023.   Each successful application has to satisfy our award criteria which you can find here.  We wish all the schools every success with their wonderful projects and are very pleased to have helped them "make a big difference with a little money".

School Location Subject Focus Amount Award Details
Hobletts Manor Hemel Hempstead Multi- Focus £807 Indoor and outdoor equipment for a new sensory/wellbeing room with access to a garden which will provide a calming environment for de-escalation and allow overwhelmed children to reset and rejoin the class or continue learning in a more beneficial environment for a while.
Hillshott Letchworth English £1000 Little Wandle phonics flash cards and books (phase 3) to greatly expand the paper book offerings and ensure a joined-up approach to reading learning from nursery to Year 2.
Stevenage and N. Herts Writing Project Letchworth English £1800 Another year of our ongoing sponsorship of this fantastic project where (this year) 18 Hertfordshire schools cooperate to explore a common text through a wide range of creative ways inc. drama, art and cross-curricular activities to enhance writing skills.  The project culminates in a celebration awards evening.  An estimated 5,000 children across 160 classes benefit from the extended activities.
Hollybush Hertford STEM 1000 4x iPads to support pupils with high additional learning needs in phonics, English and maths using a wide range of specialised apps.  Learning and programs will be tailored to each child in order to help close the learning gap.
Kingshill Ware English 988 Read Write Inc. Phonics Books and speed sound cards.   The bid includes a pack of 600 black and white copies of the colour books which can be taken home to reinforce learning and which include special parents guidance on teaching their children phonics.
All Saints C/E Bishops Stortford STEM 392 A wide range of maths-focussed books aimed at reception and Year 1 to help embed their new maths scheme.  The books will aid understanding of, and interest in a wide range of maths concepts , especially for SEND children and hopefully encourage them to explore the topics further.
Offley Endowed Hitchin English 760 A selection of KS2 multi-copy book packs to use as Guided Reading texts to replace old and tatty current texts with fresh, long-lasting titles.
Graveley Stevenage English 968 4x sets of 7+ Little Wandle phonics books to develop reading in KS1 after the SSP.  This will really help their significant number of SEN and EAL pupils into KS2 by allowing them to continue with a structured reading program with age-appropriate books.
Little Reddings Bushey STEM 1000 A half-class set of Bee-bots and 6x data loggers to enable every child to take part in coding lessons with real-world outcomes and access the relevant units and skills in KS2 science.
St. Michael's C/E Bishops Stortford STEM 830 2X Marty the Robot to give hands-on, real-world outcomes to their programming as opposed to their existing, purely web-based scheme.  Every year group will have access to the robots to benefit from the fun, motivation and instant, tangible feedback to coding exercises they provide.  Digital leaders in learning will become experts in their use and train other teachers and pupils.
Therfield First Royston MF 596 An outdoor reading shed, cushions and artificial grass for seating and book props to facilitate exciting outdoor reading sessions across the school during lessons and breaks.  A local pre-school would also have access to this calming space.
St. Bernadette Catholic London Colney English 952 Multiple sets of Little Wandle Fluency books (Levels 1-5 and 6-10) which provide structured plans for their use in Guided Reading sessions to ensure the books are completed in 2 weeks and develop children's fluency and prosody,  This project addresses issues raised in a pupil voice survey and ensures each child in a group has their own copy.
Tonwell St. Mary's Ware Foundation 375 3x whole-staff training sessions (History, Art/Design and Computing) to increase staff's content  knowledge and help them identify key teaching areas and plan/monitor progression.
Thundridge Ware Multi Focus 644 Little Wandle book pack to enable much better access to quality phonics books for Reception and Y1 and a large shade sail to allow outdoor whole-class story time and other learning such as English, PE and science when it is hot outside.

Primary Awards Granted: Summer 2023 (Details)

Here is a round-up of the primary awards granted so far in the summer term of 2023.   Each successful application has to satisfy our award criteria which you can find here.  We wish all the schools every success with their wonderful projects and are very pleased to have helped them "make a big difference with a little money".

School Location Subject Focus Amount Award Details
Icknield Walk Royston English £170 A "top-up" award for a wide range of books to support the "No Outsiders" scheme.  The books have stories that promote diversity and inclusion and will be rotated amongst all classes each half-term as a class reader and prompt for discussion.
St. John's C/E Welwyn Garden City Multi- focus £976 A range of Bee-bot robots and equipment to support rewritten Computing schemes of work with exciting and motivating equipment which will greatly improve computational thinking and skills such as logical thinking, algorithms, pattern recognition and perseverance.
St Mary's C/E Baldock Outdoor Learning 997 5 days of Forest School teacher training for their pastoral lead to gain a Level 3 qualification.  This will particularly help their SEN and PP pupils enhance their self-esteem, confidence, communication skills and emotional develop and have a knock-on effect for their classroom learning.
Cockernhoe Nr. Luton Foundation 694 A double-sided art easel and a floor pack of building blocks to promote creative play and construction of EY pupils and help them develop their fine motor skills and thinking revision and promoting high quality art and writing.
Holy Family Catholic Welwyn Garden City English 1000 5x Little Wandle phonics book sets for phase 2 and for phase 3 to ensure full access to texts matched to their successful phonics program which will give high quality first teaching in the classroom and enable targeted intervention in Reception and Year 1.
Leavesden JMI Watford Outdoor Learning 927 A range of gardening equipment to reinforce learning of science topics such as plant life cycles, nutrition requirements and structures with hands-on activities.   The garden will also foster a sense of responsibility and curiosity and develop communication and language skills.
Little Reddings Bushey STEM 899 An Apple iPad and 6x Beebot robots for EYFS and KS1 to access the computing curriculum in a practical way which will help their  understanding of abstract concepts.  The iPad will be solely used by the children to access speaking, listening and creativity apps which the Computing Lead has been trained on so she can use them to their full potential.
Little Reddings Bushey MF 98 Gardening equipment to teach children how plants grow and how food is produced and gets to their plate in an exciting, hands-on way which will bring parts of the Science and D/T curriculum to life.
Graveley Stevenage Multi- focus 925 6x Beebot Blue robots and associated equipment and a Crumble Controller pack to enable exciting, hands-on delivery of the programming elements of Computing across KS1 and 2 and develop critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving and communication skills.
Brookmans Park Hatfield STEM 900 2 day's of Computer Xplorers' workshops for all R - Y6 to teach and reinforce concepts such as coding, designing, building and controlling as they build their own animal robots.  Group work and debugging tasks will build communication and problem solving skills and staff will build their own skills whilst attending the workshops.
Maple Grove Hemel Hempstead STEM 1000  >50% contribution towards 5x Apple iPads to enable pupils to access revision aids, complete tests and enhance their learning across all areas of the curriculum.  Used for individuals,  in small groups and completing a 1:2 class set, the iPads will facilitate learning using a plethora or apps and recording and sharing work using e.g. Tapestry program.
Benington Stevenage Multi Focus 1000 2x class set of atlases and a wide variety of humanities and science books to resource their newly revamped curriculum.  There is an emphasis on books about courageous advocacy, minority groups and ecology to inspire pupils and help remove barriers to learning.
Cherry Tree Watford Outdoor Learning 1000 A contribution to reduce the cost of 10x PP children attending a residential course which uses forest school teaching to build resilience, independence and confidence and also ties in closely with their geography curriculum.  The experience will also strengthen bonds between classmates and teacher for their final year in primary school.
St. Cross R/C Hoddesdon STEM 450 A class set of Crumble Controllers for KS2 to enable pupils to see and test the outcome of their coding in the real world during programming days and D+T across the key stage and in coding club.
St. Mary's 698 C/E Rickmansworth English 987

A two-focus bid.  1. A class set of Crumble Controllers for Y5 in particular to resource the development of their computing curriculum to incorporate more critical thinking, debugging and physical computing and help them build up to the use of micro-bits in Y6.

2.  A wide range of books for KS2 with engaging plots and characters which also reflect the problems of the real world to enthuse children to read for pleasure, challenge their knowledge and build their vocabulary whilst learning about the world in which they will live and work.

Holtsmere End Hemel Hempstead STEM 1000

A Chromebook charger trolley to facilitate computing in classrooms as their computer suite has had to be repurposed to accommodate SEN children in September.  The school have invested in 30 Chromebooks to enable computing to continue to be taught throughout the school and the trolley should help minimise lost teaching time.

Greenfields Watford English 994

OUP phonics sets and individual books for Y1, particularly to help lower ability children to close the gap and continue their impressive improvement in the phonics check at the end of Y1.  The purchase will allow enough books for one per child to facilitate home reading and capitalise on staff phonics training.


Primary Awards Granted: 2022/23 (Reference)

Primary Award Winners for 2022/23

This table is primarily to check if your school has already been awarded the maximum of £1,000 for this academic year 

Click on the school name for further details of the awards won

Grange Academy (E) 995   Roebuck Academy (E) 1000   Stevenage/N.Herts Writing Project (Sponsorship) 1600   St. Meryl (M.F.)


Widford School (E) 975   Thundridge School (E) 967   Parkgate Junior (STEM) 991   Hertingfordbury Cowper (E) 1000
St. Margaret Clitherow (E)


  Larkspur (E/O L) 991   Oxhey Wood (E/O L) 1000   Springmead (PE) 633
Therfield First (E/O L) + (STEM)



  Applecroft (STEM) 1000   Warren Dell (MF) 1000   Watton at Stone (STEM) 987
Hartsbourne (E)


  Great Gaddesden (E) 1000   Tonwell St. Mary's (STEM) 995   Cunningham Hill (STEM) 1000
Hillshott Infant (E)


  Wilbury Junior (E) 872   Chaulden Junior (E) 1000   Flamstead End (MF) 958
St. Mary's C of E (MF)


  Saffron Green (STEM) 969  

Moss Bury ( STEM )

+ STEM #2



  St. Cross RC (STEM) 245
Shepherd (STEM)


  Mount Pleasant Lane (PE) 960   Waterside Academy x2 (E + E)



  Pixmore Junior (Multi) 1000
Gade Valley (MF)


  Harvey Road (E/O L) 996   Alban City (MF) 1000   Sheredes (Multi) 1000
Ayecliffe Drive (MF)


  Bayford (E/OL) 1000   Wattling View (MF) 1000   St. Nicholas (STEM)


Shenley x 2 (F) (E)


  Bushey Manor (F) 960   Thorn Grove (MF) 530   Windemere (MF) 635

Wymondley JMI



Nash Mills C/E (STEM)

+ (STEM #2)




Icknield Walk (E)

+ (E)



  Park Street (E) 1000

Ashfield (MF)



The Leys (F)


  Flamstead JMI (MF) 1000   St. Pauls C/E (STEM) 997

Letchmore Infants/ Nursery (E)



Mandeville (MF)


  St. John's C/E (MF) 976   St. Mary's C/E  (O/L) 997

Cockernhoe (F)



Holy Family Catholic (E)



Little Reddings (STEM)




  Graveley (MF) 925

Leavesden JMI (O/L)



Brookmans Park (STEM)



Maple Grove (STEM)


  Benington (MF) 1000

Cherry Tree (O/L)



St. Cross (STEM)



St. Mary's 698 C/E (English)


  Holtsmere End (STEM)


Greenfields (E)










(Focus Key:  MF = Multi-focus  E = English  F = Foundation  E/O L = Effective/Outdoor Learning, (up to Dec 31 2022)  STEM = Science, technology, engineering, mathematics 

PE = Physical Education)  L2L  = Learning to Learn (from Jan 1st 2023)  O/L = Outdoor Learning (from Jan 1st 2023)

Primary Awards Granted - Spring 2023 (Details)

Here is a round-up of the primary awards granted so far in the spring term of 2023.   Each successful application has to satisfy our award criteria which you can find here.  We wish all the schools every success with their wonderful projects and are very pleased to have helped them "make a big difference with a little money".

Please Note:  The Effective/Outdoor Learning criteria has been split into Outdoor Learning and Learning to Learn from January 2023 so some of the past E/OL awards may not pass under the new category.

School  Location    Focus Area   Award Summary  Amount 
Applecroft Primary Welwyn Garden City STEM A range of food technology equipment to greatly improve the available resources and allow pupils to have practical experience in e.g. cooking techniques and using different equipment as part of a new, enhanced Design and Technology curriculum. 1000
St. Meryl Primary Watford Multi-focus 30x Micro:bit starter kits and 10x weather station kits to facilitate motivating, practical activities for computing and science units and in cross-curricular topics and for use in extra-curricular clubs and Golden Time reward activities. 1000
Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary Hertford English 4x class-set of fiction books to boost the availability of high-quality fiction texts for UKS2 which can be linked to their English focus topics and promote pupils' love or reading and engagement in learning. 1000
Springmead Primary Welwyn Garden City PE 16x Mindful Mats with different activities printed on them to improve balance, coordination, gross motor skills, flexibility, leadership and teamwork across all year groups and, in particular, with certain SEND pupils (e.g. with those with dyspraxia). 633
Waterside Academy Welwyn Garden City English Waterside's second bid this academic year was for a range of EY books to promote diversity, inclusion and equality and enable their youngest children to see the richness of their community and the world around them.  This is part of a trust-wide (9 schools) initiative to promote these values. 112
Watton at Stone Hertford STEM A range of science equipment to set up a newly available classroom as a science laboratory and support the whole-school development priority to raise the quality of science provision and achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark.  The resources will plug holes in their current equipment inventory and enable more effective teaching of the science curriculum. 987
Nash Mills Hemel Hempstead STEM A follow-up bid for 18x Micro:bit starter packs and 2x Rugged Robots to build on an earlier successful application for a Crumble Coding class pack.  This project will deepen the computing skills for older pupils as well as help extend learning down to EY.  The equipment can also be used in D+T and clubs and links with coding used in local secondary schools. 471
Cunningham Hill St. Albans STEM 6x Makey Makey input kits and various physical programming kits/robots for children from Reception to Y6 to develop their ability and interest in programming and control.  The equipment can also be used cross-curricularly  eg in D&T to make usable products, geography for route planning and math for sequencing and shape knowledge. 1000
Flamstead End Cheshunt Multi-Focus 2x WiFi weather stations,  2x mini-greenhouses, a wormery and other outdoor learning equipment to facilitate excitement and learning in many subjects including geography (climate zones), DT (construction, food sources), science (rocks and soils) and environmental topics. 958
Pixmore Junior Letchworth Multi-Focus A cross-curricular orienteering package including mapping services, set up, S.O.W.,  lesson plans, equipment and staff training to make the best use of their extensive grounds and provide exciting, outdoor learning in many subjects.  It will also be available to their feeder infant school and local primaries and scouts. 1000
St. Cross R/C Hoddesdon STEM A class pack of 15 Micro:Bit Go v2 starter kits to widen their pupils' experience and improve their attainment in physical computing by allowing them to see their programming in action both in lessons and in the Coding Club. 245
St. Nicholas Stevenage STEM KS2 trip to the STEM Discovery Centre to give pupils hands-on learning in exciting workshops which will reinforce and extend learning in current topics with lots of opportunities for follow-up learning in class. 1000
Sheredes  Hoddesdon Multi-Focus 3x iPads for EY and Reception classes to help them understand and apply internet safety rules, develop fine motor skills (eg Paint), reinforce and develop learning in many areas such as using phonics and counting apps, photo editing and record/review their own learning in Tapestry. 1000
Windemere St Albans Multi-Focus A range of robots, robot books and a digital camera for EYFS to give them staged, early experience of programming and develop the language skills needed to create simple algorithms.  The camera is robust and will allow independent experimentation.  635
Moss Bury Stevenage STEM A second bid this academic year for 7x Micro:bit input/output cards to increase the provision of hands-on coding showing real-world outcomes of programming both in class and for greater-depth projects in coding club. 158
Ashfield Bushey Multi-Focus 30x Micro:bit starter sets and 30x Headphones to help resource and link their exciting new D+T and Computing curriculum with such projects as producing electronic badges and cards and sensing movement and creating online games. 663
Park Street St. Albans English Interactive handwriting program covering Foundation to Y6 to develop and improve everything from letter formation and joining to speed, fluency and developing a personal style in a fun and motivating way. 1000
Icknield Walk First Royston English Bug Club phonics book starter packs for phases 1-5 to develop and reinforce successful phonics learning with bespoke and targeted decodable texts and motivate children with new books that they can read in school and with parents using the techniques they have learned. 830
The Leys Stevenage Foundation A two-day music workshop focussing on percussion giving every class a fun, interactive session where they play instruments and develop such skills a pulse, coordination, tempo and cultural awareness.  The workshops will kickstart a comprehensive integration of music into many subjects throughout the school. 900
Flamstead JMI St. Albans Multi-focus A Crumble computing class pack (30 pupils) to enable pupils to create algorithms and programs and see their effect in the physical world.  Also, 4x book packs ranging from Y3-Y6 to expand their stock of banded books and enable pupils to match their book choices to their ability. 1000
St. Pauls C/E Watford STEM 15X Micro:bit v2.2 starter kits, 6x Blue Bot floor robots and 30x headphones to facilitate a wide range of physical computing activities and cross-curricular links such as step-counters (PE), scoreboard (maths) and anti-poaching collars (D+T), develop directional language and enable individual compositions in music. 996
Letchmore Infants/ Nursery Stevenage English 3x sets of 96 Twinkl Phonics Rhino Readers books to help develop early reading skills by increasing their low stock of decodable books for their chosen phonics scheme. 862
Mandeville St. Albans Multi Materials to reinstate and expand their pond and dipping platform - their site manager and volunteers will carry out the work.  Science lessons/topics from every year group will utilise the pond area as well as it facilitating forest-school style activities and summer school sessions.  782
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