" Children starting school are particularly well supported in a number of ways. During the inspection, for example, a lively and very enjoyable lunch was held for parents and carers with their nursery age children who will be starting school in September." Ofsted Report, July 2011
We have extremely strong links with the Junior school, with Mrs Dempsey and Mr Soyka working very closely together.
At the end of Year 2 the children transfer to the Junior School which is close by. The year 2 children have the opportunity to visit the Juniors regularly during the year such as sharing Liturgical celebrations or watching end of term productions. They also visit through various family events that the PTA holds. At the end of year 2, the children visit the Junior school to meet their new teachers and see their new classroom. The teachers from both schools meet up to discuss the needs of individual children to ensure a smooth transfer. All records and reports are discussed and passed to the Junior staff.
The Junior School children come to help the Infants with their Bring and Buy Sale (held in Maths week each year) and to watch our productions too.
There are very close links between Ss Alban & Stephen parish and our school, with frequent masses (both at school and at church). Sister Anita and Fr TJ visit us regularly and talk with the children about important events in the year (such as the Advent Wreath) and the children show them the work they had produced during their RE lessons.
We have a vibrant youth section in our parish. There are activities for children from birth to adulthood.
We have charitable links both here and abroad and strongly believe that the children should learn to share with others not as fortunate as ourselves. Throughout the year there are several charities that we support, at a local, national and international level.
The children were proud to present a cheque for £450 to Margaret Hebblethwaite in Feb 2017. The funds will go to support the work of the Santa Maria Education fund in Paraguay which was set up by Margaret. The terrific total was collected through programme donations at our Christmas plays and carols – thank you for your generosity.
Children in Need, Nov 2016, children came in spots and stripes and staff dressed up as trolls and danced in assembly! We raised £400.
Our amazing team of 'SSAS Angels' raised a staggering £1526.71 in the Race for Life. Very many thanks to all the families who supported them. Summer 2016
Year One parents organised an afternoon tea in aid of Great Ormond Street and University College hospitals, where staff have been caring for one of our pupils. It raised over £500.
Royal Brompton Hospital - This is Emmet presenting the school donation of £500 to the Royal Brompton Charity. The money was raised by nativity programme donations and will be used for their Pediatric Echo Appeal, a machine that will help many other children in clinics around the South-East of England. Emmet's family want to let everyone know how grateful they are for this wonderful donation and how much it means to the hospital and other children like Emmet.
Maths Bring & Buy sale - School Council wanted to send toys to refugee children purchased using the proceeds from our maths bring & buy sale. Mrs Parkinson found a UNICEF scheme called ‘Nursery in a box’ comprising toys and games to stimulate and educate children. The £220 raised plus a school contribution bought two such boxes.
St Albans Women’s Refuge - We received a lovely letter from St Albans Women’s Refuge thanking us for your generous donations at harvest time which have been distributed to families in their care.
Children In Need 2015 - teaching support staff created quite a spectacle with a 'Stars in their Eyes!' show. An amazing £350 was raised! We are blessed with a great staff team who throw themselves into everything with great enthusiasm and humour, especially if it’s in the best interests of children.
Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes - 181 were collected in November 2015.
"They [pupils] make a tremendous contribution to the school and wider community through a wide range of responsibilities and activities, especially through charity work." Ofsted Report, July 2011