SATS amazing! Freshwaters make outstanding improvement in exams

A HARLOW primary school is celebrating its best ever SATs results – boosting its score by 30% since forming a partnership with an outstanding secondary.
Staff, pupils and parents at Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, are thrilled with the huge leap in its achievements after joining the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) at the start of the academic year.

Harlow Council secures prosecution against Arkwrights noisy neighbour Emma Cooke

EMMA Cooke of Arkwrights was originally served with a noise abatement notice on 1 July 2013, following complaints from residents, which required her to take steps to ensure she didn’t cause a noise nuisance. However, on 24 September 2013 Council Environmental Health Officers witnessed a breach of the noise abatement notice and Ms Cooke was issued with a court summons. On 5 March 2014 Ms Cooke was found guilty and fined £100 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs to the Council and a £20 victim surcharge.

Review: Moot House Player’s “Earnest” wins plaudits

THE latest production by the Moot House Players was the Oscar Wilde classic, The Importance Of Being Earnest. The Players have a local, and even international, reputation for wonderful theatrical adaptions. Their work on this production is certainly no exception. Under the excellent directorial guidance of renowned theatrical polymath Henrietta Branwell, the cast were off to a fine start even before the first rehearsal.

Earnest turn set for the Moot House Players

A SPOKESPERSON said: “It’s a great little show, honed from the maximum four acts to a comfortable ninety minutes or so, but nonetheless retaining all the memorable bits and providing a pacey, atmospheric romp for your total enjoyment. “The young blades and refined debutantes are enthusiastically played by Claire, Kerry, Dan and newcomer Harry. The imperious Lady Bracknell is a total delight – I won’t spoil the experience by naming names at this stage … just come along and discover!”

Stief A Billy: Actor, musician and runner!

THESE are busy times for Harlow renaissance man, Stief A Billy. Stief is mainly known for his music but these days he spends more of his time treading the boards. YH popped over to the Horn and Horseshoes in Foster Street to chat to Stieff about his love of music, his busy acting schedule but as importantly, the half marathons he is running for charity.

Anything is possible at Freshwaters Primary Academy.

“WE are now focusing far more on early intervention. It is no good stepping in when a pupil is in Year 6 to give extra help. Particularly where numeracy and literacy is concerned, we are now putting intervention steps in place for our very youngest children. If you close those gaps when they are not too big, they will disappear altogether.

Harlow College awarded key Beacon award

STAFF and students were celebrating as Harlow College was awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Innovation in Further Education. The college was presented with the award, sponsored by OCR, by Lord Willis, President of the AoC Charitable Trust, at the AoC Beacon Awards National Presentation Ceremony in London on Wednesday 5 February. The college was also congratulated by Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, who was present at the ceremony.