Secondary Minor Awards: Spring 2024 (Details)

Here's a quick summary of what secondary schools in Hertfordshire have successfully bid for so far in the spring term of 2024.   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
Presdales Ware PE A freestanding junior goal package to help lower school students improve their accuracy and goal keeping skills as interest and participation in football continues to grow at the school.
Roundwood Park Harpenden L2L A one-year subscription to Educake learning platform for all students in KS3 and KS4  as well as after school clubs.  The package will enable the setting of high-quality home learning tasks and individually targetted revision and also be used integrate with class learning using the pupils' Google Chromebooks.  If proven to be effective, the subscription would be funded by the science budget and a small parental contribution in subsequent years.
Parmiter's Watford PE A half power rack for the gym to allow students to undertake squats and bench presses.  As well as being used in core PE, the equipment would greatly benefit the school's athlete development program led by an external strength and conditioning coach and help expand provision for their current 8 weekly clubs which are all at full capacity.
Bushey Meads Bushey STEM 3x quadcopter drones and accessories to help students grasp the fundamentals of Python by seeing their programs played out in exciting real-world equipment.  The use of programmable drones will also help develop problem-solving and teamwork skills and not only benefit the school's own STEM club students but also those in the trusts two primary schools and so facilitate smooth progression between the two stages.
Croxley Danes Rickmansworth STEM A bacterial transformation kit, 3x potometer, 5x microscopes and 6x syringe holders to add to existing equipment due to this new school more than doubling its Y12 A level science students and begining their first year of Y13 sciences.   The access to equipment is vital for coursework and bringing the subjects to life as well as introducing new topics such as genetic engineering in a practical way.
John Warner Hoddesdon PE 15x sprint hurdles to enable hurdling to be taught across the whole school with the additional benefits of improving bone strength, flexibility,  balance and coordination.  The hurdles can also be used by feeder schools in their taster sessions, local primaries in district athletics competitions and during summer school activities.
Westfield Academy Watford PE Kit and equipment for football and netball including girls kit to promote inclusivity and gender equality.  The new kit and bibs will enhance motivation, effort and team spirit and enable more teams to practice and play simultaneously.
Chancellor's Hatfield PE 16x hurdles,  8 javelins and tape measures to allow more students to access hurdling and javelin training and competitions and encourage more participation in after-school clubs.  Year 6 induction classes and outside clubs will also benefit from the new equipment.
Kings Langley Hemel Hempstead PE A selection of football equipment including target goals, balls, gloves and shin pads exclusively for girls football to enable the expansion of this activity both in the curriculum and in clubs and competition.  The exclusive kit will also engender a sense of importance and pride amongst girl players and capitalise on student-voice research showing rapidly growing enthusiasm for girls' football.