Secondary Award Winners

Over £400,000 donated to Hertfordshire Secondary Schools since January 2018
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Secondary Minor Awards - Autumn 2022 (Details)

Here's a quick summary of what secondary schools in Hertfordshire have successfully bid for so far in the autumn term of 2022.   Each academic year, schools can bid for up to £1000 in each of our focus areas (PE, STEM and Effective Learning) providing there are enough funds left in our termly budget (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".

Please Note:  The Effective Learning criteria will change to Learning to Learn from January 2023 so some of the EL awards below may not have been passed under the new category.

 School   Area   Focus  Project 
Chancellor's   Hatfield   Effective Learning   One year's subscription to the Carousel learning online learning platform to enhance retrieval practice in school and for homework across the year groups and subjects.  The school has committed to fund the subscription if the initiative is successful in improving learning.
Simon Balle Hertford   STEM An "A" level trip to the Sciencelive event to inspire them to continue with STEM subjects at university and career level and attract more GCSE pupils into sixth-form science.
St. Georges Harpenden   STEM To purchase an S-Range digicounter for extremely accurate measurement of time, period, frequency and radioactivity which will improve demonstrations and upper-years practicals.
Chauncy Ware STEM A range of forensic science equipment inc. respirometers and density cubes to enable pupils to engage in practical experiments to extend the normal KS3-5 curriculum eg investigating how living things respire, die and decompose.
St. Georges Harpenden Effective Learning A designer lectern to facilitate presentations and debating tournaments and showcase events with national journalists and politicians.  To raise the profile and prestige of debating and formal presentation skills in the school.
Hemel Hempstead Hemel Hempstead STEM 14 x Casio CG-50 graphical calculators to enable KS3-5 pupils to visualise, and so grasp, many abstract mathematical concepts inc. graphs, statistical analysis, geometry, iteration and algebra.
Presdales Ware Effective Learning A range of 3D models and dissection specimens for biology to enhance learning through practical work and 3D investigation and tactile manipulation for all key stages.
Haileybury Turnford Cheshunt STEM Multiple sets of BBC micro:bit V2 computer building kits to engage pupils in coding and robotics and aid their understanding both in class, for coursework and in after-school clubs.
Katherine Warington Harpenden Effective Learning A range of science practical equipment and models to facilitate their "Making Science Visible" project to motivate pupils and help them grasp difficult and abstract concepts.
Knightsfield Welwyn Garden City  PE House PE kit to encourage participation and extra-curricular activities including Sports Leader coaching sessions in primary schools and to improve self-esteem, team ethic and house identity.
Haileybury Turnford Waltham Cross Effective Learning Elevate Education Study Skills sessions for two drop-down days where differentiated groups work on study skills,  motivation, target setting and time management including 8 weeks worth of skills development resources and parental resources and face to face sessions.
Roundwood Park Harpenden STEM 4x 3D printers to reduce the printing delay in CAD/CAM projects across the school, especially in the growing GCSE/A Level classes.    The printers will also allow additional practical lunchtime/after-school STEM clubs to run more productively.
Hockerill Bishops Stortford PE 2x junior and 2x senior hockey goalie kits (exc. helmets) as they often do not have goalies due to the high cost of kit.  This will enhance the delivery of the hockey curriculum and capitalise on high student motivation for the sport.
Westfield Academy Watford PE A 12-ball cricket bowling machine to allow students to practice specific batting shots with a consistent feed at a pace and speed suitable to their ability.  It is hoped that the machine will particularly help develop girls' interest, confidence and development in cricket.
Westfield Academy Watford STEM 10x digital joule meters to allow pupils to carry out a number of physics experiments which they currently can not which will help kinaesthetic learners especially and develop students' numeracy skills by using their own data in equations e.g. to calculate specific heat capacities of different materials.
Rickmansworth School Rickmansworth  STEM A Philip Harris 10" microscope and attachable tablet/camera to enable whole-class annotation of specimens and facilitate higher quality assessment/feedback of microbiology skills.  The large image projection will also help visually impaired pupils at the school.
Haileybury Turnford Cheshunt PE 15x sports mats and gym equipment storage to greatly increase the usable space in the fitness room, save time wasted by having to move equipment and facilitate more floor exercise and yoga.
Westfield Academy Watford Effective Learning 5x Easi-View wireless visualisers to improve modelling thinking, solutions and structuring answers and to enable showing students' work and peer assessment.  
Hockerill Bishops Stortford STEM A woodturning lathe, chucks and stand to help generations of students to interactively experience how products are actually made rather than just designed on computer.   It will help develop practical skills and promote self-confidence and pride and hopefully attract more pupils to their DT clubs.

Secondary Major Award Winners 2022


We had a good selection of bids this year, with PE and STEM applications once again proving very popular.  For the first time since our Major Awards began in the summer of 2018, we awarded two winners in two of the categories.  This was due to the top two applications being too close for us to call amongst a strong field.   Needless to say,  we were delighted to be able to help fund 5 large projects this year.

As we do every year, we reviewed our judging process beginning with a mark scheme (based on our standard criteria) which then informs final discussions.  We don’t publish the actual mark scheme to avoid bids being written “to the scheme” rather than giving a realistic assessment of the project and its benefits.  However, we can tell you that there is an increased emphasis on applicants to explain and evidence the expected benefits which will add to our own judgements on how each project will enhance learning and motivation etc.

Anyway, on to the winners…



Onslow Saint Audrey School to purchase a wide variety of sensors, data loggers and 10 Chrome tablets.

This was a very strong bid.  The project will not only benefit all pupils at the school but also primary students on the Y5 friendship events, Y6 taster days and summer schools as well as A level students from consortium partners.  The school went into detail about how the equipment would enhance learning and backed it up with some evidence.  Individual groups were highlighted (e.g. the less able) and the bid explained how they would benefit given their particular needs.



Richard Hale School to establish a fitness suite with a range of equipment.

We are always keen to help expand schools’ provision and this application explained how Richard Hale currently have a brand-new building but no equipment due to cost over-runs.  The well-equipped gym will benefit all pupils in many ways from general fitness to specific training for their elite athletes as well as providing a facility for staff and extra-curricular clubs outside of lessons.  The application also did a good job of identifying the different groups who would benefit, ranging from their academy performers to students who have been disenfranchised from PE.



Roundwood Park School to replace their long jump pit.

Roundwood Park entered a strong bid which highlighted the importance of athletics at the school and the wide range of students who would benefit from the reestablishment of the pit (as their current one has been closed on health and safety grounds).  The bid also explained how the double run-up pit would enhance learning and teaching of long jump, triple jump and early-stage pole vault and gave arguments for its longevity.



Hitchin Boys to create two new meeting rooms and install a large touch screen in their Learning Support area.

As well as supporting bids that benefit a large number/wide range of pupils (and others), we also value projects that strongly benefit smaller numbers of students with specific needs (whether low or high ability and general or specialised areas of learning.)

The school entered a well-reasoned, two-pronged bid explaining their desperate need for private meeting areas to make best use of their newly trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and other SEND staff and the huge benefits a large, touchscreen would bring.  The application explained the range and number of pupils under the SEND department’s charge, their issues and exactly how the facilities would address their particular needs and backed up some of his points with research.  To strengthen the argument further, the bid also explained the effects of their current facilities and argued for the longevity of the benefits the new rooms and screen would bring.



Presdales School to purchase 4 ActivPanel interactive screens to be distributed across a range of departments.

Our two winning EL bids both featured large interactive screens, but Presdales project would benefit a wide range of pupils including all year groups, many subject areas, Y6 and teacher training.  This bid went into great detail about how exactly these interactive boards enhance learning and motivation, giving specific examples from the various departments targeted for the boards and backing it up with research findings.  The boards would, for example, extend the effectiveness of Presdales bring your own device policy by allowing students to collaborate as well as share and evaluate each other’s work.  The application also detailed the included software and features of these specific boards and how they would benefit learning and finished by arguing that the boards would also enhance the training of the many teachers who come to Presdales in their capacity as a training centre.

Secondary Minor Awards: Summer 2022

Here's a quick summary of what secondary schools in Hertfordshire have successfully bid for so far in the summer term of 2022.   Each academic year, schools can bid for up to £1000 in each of our focus areas (PE, STEM and Effective Learning) providing there are enough funds left in our termly budget (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   Area   Focus  Project 
Longdean  Hemel Hemstead PE 8x Boxercise training and licences to broaden their NC offer and help with physical and mental wellbeing post Covid
Monks Walk Welwyn Gdn City PE 15x running spikes to build confidence and performance and 4x Tchoukball rebound frames to expand indoor provision and engage non-contact sports enthusiasts.
St. Mary's Catholic Bishops Stortford  PE Supply and install 2 basketball nets to allow more participation and differentiation during lessons and in extra-curricular clubs.
Highfield Letchworth PE 4 Reebok exercise bikes to increase pupils' fitness levels and motivation for gym work.
Rickmansworth Rickmansworth PE Tennis posts, net and 27 racquets to support the game across all year groups, feeder primaries and local community groups.
St. Mary's Catholic Bishops Stortford EL 6 Sphero BOLT robots to increase motivation and understanding by giving vivid impressions and practical experience of coding concepts and extending work being done in a variety of coding languages.
Presdales Ware STEM A 3D printer and spare filaments to evidence Product Design coursework projects and facilitate the production of custom components and items for robotics club and business enterprise groups.
Westfield Academy Watford PE 18 heart rate monitors to enable students to analyse their physical activity and devise training programs.
Hockerill Bishops Stortford PE Basketball and netball post protectors in school colours to facilitate safe free-play and advanced skills practise and engender a feeling of belonging and pride in the school.
John Warner Hoddesdon PE 3 table tennis tables to maintain the curricular and extra-curricular provision as well as enhancing their holiday kid's club facilities and helping less keen pupils to engage with sport.
Westfield Academy Watford STEM 8x 5MP visualisers for maths to enable solution modelling of many topics, demonstrations of CPA techniques, presentation of projects and recording short videos for remote learning.
Roundwood Park Harpenden EL Smart TV and two chromeboxes for the library to encourage and facilitate student collaboration and sharing of work.
Bushey Meads Bushey STEM VEX V5 robot competition super kit to promote engineering, coding and teamwork and extend the number of students able to participate in the competitions.
Westfield Academy Watford EL A set of 12 ripple tanks to help improve pupils' communication and teamwork skills, enable them to calculate means based on their own results rather than theoretical ones and so help to build stronger memories around this practical and also improve their physical practical skills.
John Warner Hoddesdon STEM Dynamics and sensor equipment to help all year groups understand abstract/numerical concepts with practical activities and greatly enhance the accuracy of results readings.
Rickmansworth Rickmansworth STEM 5-Pack of data loggers to benefit all three sciences across all key stages by recording accurate readings and linking directly with laptop analysis programs.
Hemel Hempstead Hemel Hempstead STEM Two-day workshop designing and building robots for years 6-9 to enthuse students about the STEM subjects and apply theoretical knowledge about design and materials to an exciting, practical project.
Robert Barclay Academy Hoddesdon PE 15x gymnastic mats for lessons, extra-curricular clubs, primary schools and external clubs to help develop fundamental and advanced movement skills in a safe and inviting environment.
Hitchin Boys Hitchin EL KAZ-type online touch-typing tutor program for the whole school to enable more efficient use of school-wide Chromebooks and enable students to focus on the learning/content rather than the typing of answers and coursework etc.

Secondary Minor Awards: Spring 2022

Here's a quick summary of what secondary schools in Hertfordshire have successfully bid for so far in the spring term of 2022.   Each academic year, schools can bid for up to £1000 in each of our focus areas (PE, STEM and Effective Learning) providing there are enough funds in the budget.  This budget is displayed on the applications page and it is "topped-up" at the start of each term (as funding allows).  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 Focus Area Project
Herts and Essex   P.E. An interactive whiteboard for the sports hall to help bring theory teaching into a practical environment and analyse their own performance with video playback.  
Watford Girls Grammar P.E. Volleyball nets and posts and Tchoukball goals to increase playing time in an expanding PE curriculum.
Presdales Effective Learning Up School A level maths resources subscription for independent study and COVID catch-up.
Richard Hale PE 13 super-lite gymnastics mats to help reintroduce a comprehensive programme of health related fitness and gymnastics to all key stages.
Onslow St. Audreys STEM 12 l autoclave to enable far more practical experiments and investigations to take place in biology.
Parmiter's PE A pair of trampoline end-decks to facilitate advanced moves.
Chancellor's PE High jump landing mat for whole-school use inc. GCSE and A Level preparation and performance.
Chancellor's Effective Learning A Tip of the Iceberg Company performance and workshop on consent for KS5 students to kick-start a re-vamp of the RSE curriculum.
The Reach Free Effective Learning A range of Eco-Garden structures and equipment to explore eg adaptation, photosynthesis and healthy eating as well as providing a calm area for mentoring.
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