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The school is a fee paying school but I have told Mr Spary that I will pay the fees myself.
Royal Alexandra and Albert School is an exceptional school with amazing facilities and opportunities for the children who attend. It boasts a swimming pool, horse riding stables, extensive sporting facilities, state of the art equipment and top of their class teachers. Educationally Jasmine will benefit from being able to take French during Junior school, extending to other languages once at Senior level, Music and Design and Technology – all of which she does not have the opportunity to take at her current school. Royal Alexandra and Albert School also offers superior Science, computing and Drama facilities than Jasmine could receive at her current school.
There are also numerous opportunities for children to attend music, sporting and theatre events, as well as annual skiing trips and PGL activity weekends / weeks. The school provides extensive after school activities, for example it has its own Scouts group and Army Cadet Corp,.
No other state school in the area can provide this level of opportunities for the children.
In order to attend Jasmine will be required to attend school every Saturday until 11.10 am. The children are schooled alongside full time boarders and are classed as ‘Flexi Boarders’. This gives Jasmine the opportunity to be part of a school community which extends beyond school hours if the child / parent wishes to take part in it. Children can not only have lunch at school but may stay for Tea too. The school provide assistance with homework after classes finish and provide extensive activities which the children can take part in after school. They are also allocated to a ‘House’ in Jasmine’s case this would be Rank Weston, which they can go back to at lunchtimes and after school. Each house is fully staffed with people who are available to help and support the children at all times. As part of the Flexi Boarding facility, each child can stay at the school between 7 and 10 nights a year which is exciting and fun. Often they can choose a night where there may be a movie or other activity taking part in the house.
Jasmine’s father has been aware that I have applied to change her school, and Jasmine has been offered a place to enter the school in school year 3 (aged 7 – 8) in September 2013.
Jasmine’s brother Toby attends the school and is currently in year 8, moving to year 9 in September 2013.
Here is an example of the routine for junior boarders after the end of the school day at 3.30pm;
Return to Rank Weston House for refreshment (drink and snack)
Depart for activities or go to a quiet room to do prep
Return from activities
Tea in the Dining Hall
Depart to go to evening activity e.g. swimming, dance, Scouts, sports or stay and play in the house or go to a quiet room to do prep
Activities and Field Trips
The Junior Department offers a wide range of trips and activities within and outside normal school hours. These activities are a key part of the all round education of children at the School.
There are activities between 4-5pm each day and junior pupils are encouraged to participate in these at least times 3 a week.
Examples of Junior Department Activities:
- Gatton Performers
- Gatton Park Rangers
- Art and craft
- 'Screen' Club
- Table tennis
- Cross country
- Young journalists
- Lace making
- Writing Club
- First Aid
- Games Club
- Street dance
Examples of School Trips:
- Hever Castle
- Fishbourne Roman Villa
- Harlequin Theatre in Redhill
- The coast at Cuckmere, East Sussex
- Natural History Museum
- Bough Beech Water Treatment Works
- PGL Adventure Camp
- Year 6 trip to Paris