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Expansion

We have now entered the second year of our expansion and have welcomed another form of entry to Year 3.  We now have three forms of entry in Years 3 and 4 and both of these year groups are accommodated in Oak House.  Our two forms of Years 5 and 6 are located in Acorn House.

We are now accustomed to having two teaching buildings in our school (Oak House and Acorn House) and this year still manage to have a whole school assembly twice a week.  To accommodate our increase in pupils at lunchtime, we have extended this period with Year 3 having lunch from 12.00pm - 1.00pm and Years 4, 5 and 6 from 12.15pm - 1.15pm.

With growing numbers of children we have welcomed new members of staff this year.  Miss Andrews, Mrs Osborne and Mrs Bond have joined our teaching team, Mrs Johnson our support team and Mrs Jones and Miss Standley our administrative team.

We have opened a 'drop off' facility for use at the start and end of the school day.  Cars may drive in and drop off children from 8.45am in the morning, or may park in one of the 12 spaces and walk their child into school.  At the end of the day the spaces may be used for parking with parents leaving vehicles to pick up their child from the class bases or pedestrian gates.

We ask all owners of vehicles to be highly vigilant when using this facility.

From Little Acorns Mighty Oaks Do Grow!

On Friday 20th October the Mayor joined governors and representatives from Herts County Council for the official opening of the new expansion to Almond Hill Junior School.  The new building was officially named as Acorn House.  The whole school came together to celebrate the event.  Two Oak trees donated by the chair of governors of the school were planted to commemorate the occasion.  The opening of the building coincides with the Diamond Anniversary of the school and as part of the event the children contributed ideas for a time capsule to be opened in 60 years time.

The headteacher, Mrs Lovelock, said ‘we are delighted with our new building, it blends into our lovely school grounds and provides modern, additional classrooms for our growing school’.  Following the opening visitors and staff were able to tuck into an aptly designed cake, based on a tree stump design, which was made for the occasion by ‘Cakes by Aunt Sally’. 

 

                                      

Acorn House Official Opening - Friday 20th October 2.30 - 4.30 pm - Home Learning Project

We are planning an 'open afternoon' to celebrate the official opening of Acorn House on Friday 20th October 2.30 - 4.30pm.  We are combining the opening with part of our 60th Birthday Celebrations. As part of their home learning, we are asking all children to produce a poster to celebrate '60 Years of ....' The focus of their poster can be any area of interest or an opportunity to find out about the history of something they know little or nothing about. For example, children might make a poster to show '60 years' of a sport, a mode of transport, fashion, music, government, even education! The subject matter is wide open. We would like posters to be A3 or A4 size - posters can be computer generated or a collage of information. They should be brought into school on Monday 16th October and all will be exhibited as part of our 'Opening' event on the 20th.  I hope you will all support this project with your child.

Settling in

It has been a very busy first week back settling into Acorn House and with the new arrangements in Oak House. Well done to all of our children - all have adapted very well to the new routines and procedures and Year 3 have settled in very confidently!

July 2017

Mrs Lovelock has now finished reading through all of the suggestions that have been sent in for names for both the old and new buildings. 

After much deliberation it has been decided that the current building will be named 'Oak House' and the new building will be known as 'Acorn House'.  Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas with us, we really did enjoy looking through all of the suggestions.

June 2017

Please find the latest newsletter from Kier, attached to the bottom of this page.

March 2017

Please take a look at the latest Newsletter direct from Kier, detailing their progress so far and outlining what is to come in the near future.

25th January 2017

Work is due to start on Monday 30th January.  Please see the newsletter below which has been produced by the site team, Kier Construction.

14th December 2016

We are expecting work to start on our expansion in January. Because of this, there may be areas outside of school that become more muddy than usual. Therefore can parents please ensure children have a pair of indoor shoes to change into - preferably plimsolls as these are smaller and easier to store. Please ensure all indoor shoes are clearly named.

5th October 2016

As you know the school is being expanded and by September there will be a new two storey building, housing six classrooms, where the year 3 and 4 playground exists currently. There will also be a drive in and out parent drop off area as part of this expansion. Over the coming weeks, we will be deciding which year groups will be moving into this building. We would like to know any views about this that parents might have so please send any thoughts into school for the attention of Mrs Fordham.This can be done by email to admin@almondhill.herts.sch.uk or letter. We would also like a parent representative at our 'change team' meetings which will be held once a month from November. If you are interested in this and/or would like more information then please contact the office and ask to speak to Mrs Fordham directly.

1st September 2016

The builders have told us that the staff car park access should be ready for Monday morning.  There will be a new temporary entrance for pedestrians at the St. Nicholas end of the school that is further away from the main entrance for children entering the school from Rectory Lane (the best entrance for year 5 and 6 pupils).  A new entrance is being created at the Walkern Road end of school which will also have a temporary gate.  As children come in to the school there are some new steps to access the year 3 and 4 classrooms and a much wider waiting area has been created for parents outside of the year 3 classrooms.  Year 3 parents should please come into the school grounds and wait for your child outside of their classroom door. 

The cycle shelter has been relocated.  If your child comes to school by cycle or scooter please ensure they dismount at the entrance and walk in to secure their cycle/scooter.  These children should then walk around the path to their classroom doors.  We have been told the main paving entrance outside the school should also be complete.  This has been widened and hopefully will make it safer for children when they enter and exit the school.

We will have a member of staff at both entrances on Monday morning from 8.45am when school opens.  Teachers will accompany children to the gate at the end of the school day as normal.

If parents need to come into school they should access via the main pedestrian gate as normal first thing in the morning and at the end of the school day.  Parents needing access to the school during the school day will need to buzz at the car park gate and then wait at the pedestrian gate for a member of staff to let them in.  We will be having electronic access to our pedestrian gate shortly.  Parents may not access the school driveway or car park at any time.

If your child is allowed to walk to and from school on their own, please ensure you have spoken to them about road safety around the school so they are fully aware that there may be construction vehicles on or around the site.  We will be reiterating this safety message at school.

It is strongly recommended that, until works are completely finished, wherever possible parents travel to and from school with their child as pedestrians or by bike.  If you do need to use a car be aware that construction will be continuing and parking spaces will be very restrictive. 

We will continue to update you as we receive more information from the contractors.   Please look for updates on our school newsletter (Wednesdays) and on our website.

13th July 2016

Having met the planners we have now been informed that work will start on redeveloping the staff car park area and an access route into the school from the Weston Road end.  This major work is scheduled to start the day after we break up with a plan that all works will be completed before we start the new year in September.  Should the building plans overrun we will be putting information on our website so that you are informed about any adaptations that may need to be put into place for entry and exit at the beginning of term. Please click on the ‘Our School’ header and then ‘Expansion’ for more information. Parents of children who are attending our summer schools (current year 2 parents and current year 5 parents) should check the website for access arrangements as works may not be completed during the last week of August. 

Parents should also be aware that the cycle shed is being relocated to the front of the school hall.  It will remain there temporarily until all the building work is completed at the end of next year.  As the works progress we will post regular bulletins on the website as well as keeping you updated on the newsletter.  We look forward to our expansion starting at last!

26th April 2016

We had a meeting with the planners on the 26th April and it is expected that works will start during the summer holidays.  Initially it will be work to expand the car parking area and to provide access for contractors through to the year 5/6 playground where building will start around October.  We will keep you updated with what is going on as we are given the information.

  1. Almond Hill Newsletter June 17
  2. Kier Construction Newsletter March 17
  3. Kier Construction Newsletter January 17
  4. New Gates