STEWARDS Academy was thrilled to welcome back former Newfoundland trainee teacher Dr Robert Anstey for a flying visit last week. Dr Anstey has remained in close contact with his former History department colleague Deputy Headteacher Marie Erwood, since he completed his teacher training at Stewards in 1994.
ST JAMES primary has just achieved a remarkable turnaround after a recent inspection by Ofsted. Just over a year ago, the Paringdon Road school was put into special measures by Ofsted.
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ESSEX Police were called to the area just outside the off-licence on the precinct at approx 8pm after it was allegedly reported that a young male had pulled a “firearm” out on another male.
JUST before the Autumn half term break Longwood Primary School held their annual Harvest Festival Service in school and all the donations were given to the Harlow Food Bank in thanks for the wonderful support they give us in providing essential items for their school Breakfast Club.
AT 5pm, two men knocked at the front door of a house on Long Banks before one of them forced their way in, punched a man in the face and grabbed a 24 carat gold pendant from around the victim’s neck. The two suspects then fled in a black BMW.
POLICE investigating the attempted rape of a woman in Harlow are appealing for a witness to contact them.
STEWARDS Academy celebrated their best ever set of GCSE results. The school gained 60% five or more GCSEs with Eng and Maths.
THE Marchioness disaster occurred on the River Thames in the early hours of 20 August 1989. The pleasure boat Marchioness sank after being run down by the dredger Bowbelle, near Cannon Street Railway Bridge.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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”.
STUDENTS from all years took part in a Curriculum Day on the final week before Christmas. They enjoyed a variety of activities in different departments throughout the Academy, including Science, ICT and Technology.
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.
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 has excelled itself in recent weeks with the money it has raised for charity. Over £1000 was raised for Children in Need by having a non-uniform day and staff dressing as fictional book characters. Poppies were sold around school for Remembrance Day as usual.
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 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.
THERE IS LOTS going on at Stewards Academy. Very much a vibrant atmosphere and a can-do philosophy. The chair of Harlow Council, cllr Linda Pailing attended the culture day that allied foods from across the world with dance and music from the five continents.
STEWARDS Academy celebrated the re-validation of the prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark Award at a glittering award ceremony held in Pall Mall, London.
Stewards went through a rigorous two-day evaluation of ten aspects of the school’s inclusive practice as linked to high quality teaching and learning opportunities.
TEACHERS do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can do or achieve. Pupils are not challenged sufficiently to produce their best work or present it to a sufficiently high standard. The most obvious exception is in Year 1, where consistently good teaching over time and high expectations have led to good quality extended writing and a clear grasp of mathematics. As a result, pupils have begun to make expected or better-than-expected progress in 2013.