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19 July 2019

St Nicholas school opens new door


Hitchin and Harpenden MP, Bim Afolami joined staff and pupils at the formal opening of the new entrance to St Nicholas Primary school in Harpenden.


Children, staff and governors at the School welcomed Bim who fielded the children’s queries at a special Question Time assembly.


During the assembly the MP was quizzed by children aged 5 to 11 about his views on Brexit, football, his time at school and whether he was famous.


Commenting on his visit, Bim Afolami MP said:

“Education is all about opening doors to opportunity, so today’s event at St Nicholas School was significant both literally and metaphorically.  The questions from the children were insightful and well informed – they certainly prepared me for returning to the House of Commons next week.”


The new entrance to the school sees the original Victorian entrance on Rothamsted Avenue reopened and restored thanks to funding from the Diocese of St Albans, The Harpenden Trust and Allchurches Trust. Deputy Town Mayor and former Chair of Governors at St Nicholas, Nicola Linacre, also attended with representatives from The Harpenden Trust.


Caroline Fleming, Chair of Governors said:

“Academically St Nicholas School is already one of the best performing primary schools in the country, the work we have been carrying out on the buildings over the last 12 months mean that our facilities are rapidly catching up with our educational achievements.  Our new entrance means that visitors to the school – be that parents, guests or the many community groups and others who rent our facilities now receive the best impression of our school from the second they arrive.”


The ribbon was cut by Gill Hill, who retired from the Governing Body in 2018 after 40-years continuous service at the school.


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Last Tuesday (25th June) the annual District Sports competition for primary schools across Harpenden and neighbouring villages was held at Sir John Lawes School.


Children from 14 primary schools took part in field sports, followed by sprints, long distance running and relays, all cheered on by a large enthusiastic crowd.  


Congratulations go to St. Nicholas Primary School for an outstanding performance, winning The Boys’ Athletic Cup, The Bonner Cup and The Overall President’s Cup. St. Nicholas also took home the winning trophies for the year 3 & 4 Boys’ and the year 5 & 6 Boys’ Football Tournaments.


It’s the first time that anyone at the school can remember winning the President’s Cup, which is for boys and girls’ combined performance in track and field events. The school – which has 22 pupils per year – was competing against schools four times its size.


The Chair of Governors Caroline Fleming said, “We are incredibly proud of the teamwork and friendly spirit in which the children took part, and what an amazing result!”


Children from St. Nicholas were thrilled to be part of their team.

“I really enjoyed being out there with my friends, doing the sport that I love” said 11 year old Freya.

“The cheer from the crowd was brilliant and it pushed me to go further” said Toby, from year 6.