Development – December Update
The planning application process is progressing well. We have made a pre-application submission to the Local Authority setting out a masterplan for the School’s development (as communicated to parents in our Investment and Development Plan, Preparing for the Future). The next stage is a meeting with the Local Authority in early December with a view to making a full planning application in spring 2018.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate carried out a ‘Material Change Inspection’ visit on 13 November and gave approval for all of our planned facility, curriculum and pastoral changes to accommodate boys.
Over the Christmas holidays, we are completing the work to provide the Sixth Form Centre and Senior School with male toilet facilities. During the spring term, we will be busy creating a beach-themed garden for the Nursery with a boat, beach huts and a ‘soft pour’ rubber area for safe playing.
The floodlights have arrived! We are trialling them at the moment and plan to have them up and running on the Field next term. The more substantial physical changes we are planning for our sports provision are included in the School’s overall development masterplan which has been submitted as a pre-application to the Local Authority.
We are delighted with our new partnerships with Chelsea Football Club, London Irish Rugby Football Club and Alton Rugby Football Club. Chelsea FC will run Junior Premiership Football Tournaments at Alton School and also run an after-school coaching programme from next September. London Irish are offering coaching support for our pupils and a two day training camp over the Easter holidays. And look out for our school emblem on Alton Rugby Football Club coaching tops!
With diversity and new opportunities in mind, we are currently reviewing our co-curricular sporting provision and are hoping to offer our students the chance to try out some new challenges in different sports in the near future.
Our new partnership with Energique is working well and many students are enjoying regular spin sessions focusing on endurance, strength, high intensity work, and recovery (phew!).
With over 150 boys and girls playing in mixed-teams, our October football tournament for local primary schools was a great success. On the back of this wonderful afternoon, we will be running a tag rugby tournament for mixed teams in March.