Secondary Award Winners - Autumn Term 2023 (Details)

Here's a quick summary of what secondary schools in Hertfordshire have successfully bid for so far in the autumn term of 2023.   Each academic year, schools can bid for up to £1000 in each of our focus areas (PE, STEM and Learning to Learn) subject to our termly budget (the current balance is displayed on the applications page).  Applications have to pass our criteria which you can find here.

We wish all the award recipients good luck with their amazing projects and we are very pleased to have helped them "achieve a lot with a little".

School Location Focus Project
Monks Walk Welwyn Garden City PE An orienteering permanent course, survey/mapping of the school site and lesson plans and resources to widen the PE offering and build leadership, teamwork and communication skills.  Nearby primary and secondary schools will also be given access to the facility.
Onslow St. Audrey's Hatfield PE 2x indoor table tennis tables and 6x bat and ball sets to expand their popular table tennis provision and give more access to KS3, GCSE and A level students.  The tables will also help their regular district teams to have more table-time.
Knightsfield Welwyn Garden City STEM 2x Microbit v2 Starter Kits and a Crumble class kit bring coding and control lessons to life.  The equipment will help foster design and evaluation skills with reference to the intended final users and help children become familiar with integrating a range of electrical components with computer programming.
Roundwood Park Harpenden STEM 2x DNA Electrophoresis classroom sets to enable A level biology students to carry out practical work in this integral part of the specification instead of having to solely rely on videos and text books.  The 30+ students in KS3 science club will also have access to the equipment to help boost their knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for the process.
Dacorum ESC Hemel Hempstead PE 20x small-group boxing sessions at a local boxing gym to re-engage their vulnerable young people with sport and build their self-confidence.  3 staff will also be trained in the safe and effective use of pads by an England boxing coach and will be able to continue lessons at school with existing equipment.
Knightsfield Welwyn Garden City PE A high-spec Peloton gym bike to add to the range of activities in their gym for their pupils with a range of disabilities.  This robust bike can record their progress and will hopefully encourage a healthy lifestyle, especially for their Y9-11 girls who often are reluctant to attend extra-curricular sports.
Barnwell Stevenage L2L 2x sets of EPQ toolkit books to support the introduction of the L2 EPQ to Y8-10 as part of their super-curriculum.   Worth half a GCSE, the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) teaching will be delivered in the mornings before school and will develop vital study skills such as decision making, problem solving, planning, research, analysis, evaluation, creativity and many more.
Presdales Ware STEM 15X wireless pH sensor probes for A-Level Chemistry and Biology as they are a key piece of equipment for the curriculum to provide accurate and full experiment results data direct to devices.  The probes and/or data sets produced will also be used in Presdales' popular science clubs and cross-curricularly in maths and food technology. 
Hemel Hempstead Hemel Heampstead STEM A LEGO Spike Prime robot learning day for c150 pupils to code with Python and build artefacts which are driven by the code.  The skills learned and experience will help and inspire students with relevant NEAs and apply for the Arkwright Scholarship and activities, build guides and lesson plans are provided for follow-up work.
Hockerill Bishops Stortford STEM A Turing Tumble Educator Station Bundle and a Spintronic Act One Bundle to build mechanical computers and circuits to help pupils understand how they work and develop their logic skills in a fun, memorable and intuitive way whilst also building fine motor skills and teamwork.
Katherine Warrington Harpenden PE A range of alternative sports equipment such as Boccia, soft archery and sitting volleyball sets and a parachute games pack to extend PE provision to students that have difficulties accessing the main curriculum.  The various activities develop key skills and fine/gross motor skills in a fun way and will be used in a motivating carousel of activities to allow many students to participate.