Daylight robbery outside bookmakers in Staple Tye

DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked and robbed outside a betting shop in Harlow yesterday (Saturday, May 17). The victim aged 26 and from Harlow, had been in the Bet Fred office in Staple Tye. He was threatened by two men as he left the book makers at 5.45pm. He was hit with a bottle, receiving a minor injury to his ear. The suspects took a three figure sum of cash from him and made off.

Longwood Primary School crisis: Council detail urgent action plan

NO, there are not sufficient school places in other local schools. There are urgent plans in progress for the school to become a sponsored academy with a strong sponsor and approval is expected shortly from the Secretary of State. Parents will be kept informed when confirmation about the sponsor is available and a meeting is planned for after half-term to consult with parents and to update them on the school’s actions, including recruitment for September 2014.

Shakespeare leads to Stewards teaching award

THE three year action research was led by Clare O’Sullivan and the English department of Stewards Academy and was rooted in the idea of setting aspirational challenges and broadening pupil frame of reference. It all began with the creation of a six week unit of work entitled: “Shakespeare on Love”. Pupils in year 9 were challenged to study six Shakespeare plays in six weeks!

Dance spectacular at Stewards Academy

STEWARDS Academy was the venue for the biggest and most spectacular show yet produced by the dance company ‘Dance Fusion.’ Entitled ‘Let Love Lead The Way’, the show was created under the artistic direction of ex-Stewards pupil Kerri Ann Trowsdale, who is the Director of the popular local club.

Stewards raise the standards even when going downhill!

THE penultimate day of the trip saw pupils take part in a spectacular slalom course, at the end of which they received medals and badges for their efforts. Every pupil was a credit to Stewards, but special mention should be made for Som Pinukram for her organisation and leadership both on and off the slopes. Thanks also to Alex Dodd for his help and assistance to a fellow skiier on a tough downhill ski.

Stewards Academy hit the Big Apple

STEWARDS Academy set off on it’s 13th New York adventure under the now experienced guidance of Debbie Fargeot. 44 year 11 pupils and 4 lucky staff headed off to the Big Apple – and immediately wondered if they had detoured into the Winter Olympics, as nine inches of snow came down on them in a few hours!

Abbotsweld Primary told to improve by Ofsted

THE report states: “Progress of pupils in Key Stage 2 has been steady but not rapid. Most pupils leave having made expected progress from their starting points but with standards that are below that of pupils nationally. Progress in 2013 dipped because the school went through a very traumatic time, which affected both staff and pupils”.

Rylan stars in St Luke’s nativity

X-FACTOR star and all round good guy, Rylan dropped in on St Luke’s primary to star in their school nativity play. The children, aged between 7 and 10, won TalkTalk’s Shining Stars competition aimed at finding the next generation of aspiring singers, dancers and actors. The performance was professionally filmed and will be screened to millions on the country’s fastest growing TV service, TalkTalk TV later this month.

Blockbuster in Staple Tye to close for good on Saturday

ALL rentals at Blockbuster DVD rental chain to cease trading from Saturday. This will include the store at Staple Tye in Harlow. Gordon Brothers Europe said in a statement that it had “striven to turn around the historically loss-making company by restructuring the business, investing significantly in strategic marketing activities and negotiating with the landlords of its retail outlets”.

Stewards Academy students book their places in “Reading Week”

The week’s activities ran alongside the other reading schemes that are in operation at Stewards and were intended to highlight the benefits of reading to students of all ages and at all stages of school life. Activities included students completing a reading booklet with book related quizzes, word searches and crosswords, a write a book review competition, and staff departmental readings in the library at lunchtime, which were very well attended by students.

Stewards Academy praised for Shakespeare performances

STEWARDS Academy excelled itself this year with a sensational double bill at the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. A cast of 40 pupils brought Macbeth and Julius Caesar to life. Directors Di Johnson, Karen Batterham and Sam Ramsey were delighted with the manner in which pupils threw themselves into these roles and brought their characters to life on stage at Broxbourne Civic Hall.