Homes for hedgehogs at Millwards

THE HEDGEHOGS of Millwards now have a home after Harlow Council delivered houses to Millwards school. Becci Court from Community, Leisure and Cultural Services at Harlow Council was joined by councillor Nick Churchill as they presented the children from Millwards School with 21 bird boxes and seven hedgehog houses.

Strike: School closure details

NEITHER the governing body nor the Headteacher is legally allowed to close the school “in sympathy” with the strike and we will not do so. However, our main concern is the safety of our students. A school can only close if in the opinion of the Headteacher it is not safe to remain open. Having considered the impact of not having a significant number of teachers in school on this day, I have decided that it is not possible to maintain an adequate level of provision for our students or to ensure the necessary level of supervision. Consequently, I have decided that the school will close to students.

Nominate a Harlow teacher as nominations open for Essex teaching awards

THE inaugural Essex Teaching Awards, which will celebrate good practice across the county is now open for nominations. Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “As Cabinet Member for Education I frequently hear about the great work taking place in educational settings. Teachers play an important part in the lives of all people and we are launching the teaching awards to celebrate and recognise these achievements.

Interviews held for principal of new technical college

INTEVIEWS are being held today to find the principle of the New The Sir Charles Kao UTC (SCK UTC) Which will be opening in Harlow September 2014. The University Technical College for students aged 14 – 19 opening in Harlow in September 2014 will be located within the grounda of the current Harlow college.

Still time to apply for secondary school places in Harlow

APPLICATION dates have now been set for secondary school places for September 2014. Parents and carers must apply between 31 August 2013 and 31 October 2013 to secure a year seven secondary school place. Applications can be made via the website at . The website also enables parents to search for school information, read Ofsted reports, check admissions criteria and catchment areas, and submit applications.

Harlow schools delighted with GCSE results

STEWARDS Academy continues to push the school’s level of achievement for GCSE’s and yet again continues the upward trend with an overall result of 58% of pupils achieving 5 or more A* to C grades with English and Maths. Following on from the recent excellent Ofsted report this reflects the tremendous hard work by staff and pupils in working towards the school’s challenging internal targets.

A Level triumph for St Mark’s

STUDENTS and staff at St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School are today celebrating another set of excellent A level results, with students once again exceeding previous record breaking results and many going on to universities, often the first in their family. Another superb pass rate was achieved with 99% of all A level examinations passed […]

Summer school thriving at Burnt Mill

SCHOOL may be out for most, but for the newest recruits to Burnt Mill Academy, the learning was just beginning. For the second year, the academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, is holding its summer school for the new Year 7 intake. Instead of the new starters fretting during the long summer break about starting “big […]

Sensory times at Harlow libraries

ESSEX Libraries are running a Sensory Story Time at branches across the county. The story time which is aimed at children of all abilities is led by volunteers trained by the Mid Essex Preschool SEN/AEN (Special Educational Needs/Additional Educational Needs) Specialist Teacher team.

Mystery of Harlow’s new school

A NEW HARLOW school with over 200 places is set to be built. But Essex County Council won’t reveal any details regarding where the school is, what the name of the school is, what type of school it is or anything else.

Mass exodus of staff from Mark Hall after another woeful Ofsted

OVER FIFTEEN members of staff are set to leave Mark Hall as the school year draws to a close on Friday.
The school have ended the year with another woeful report from Ofsted that leaves them still in special measures. But the school, under new ownership through the Academy Transformation Trust, will start the new academic year in September, hoping to literally transform itself.

“Shocking” Ofsted for Chill Out Kids Club at Fawbert and Barnard

BOSS of Chill Out Kids slams Ofsted report that claims her after school club is “inadequate” as “unfounded”. Among the criticisms are that; “The owner has failed to ensure that the areas used by children are safe and secure. Staff do not keep a record of all accidents and injuries to children in their care. In addition parents are not consistently informed if their child has had an accident. This does not protect the well-being and safety of children.”