GOVERNMENT figures have revealed that St Marks school tops the table for the number of students signed up for the full complement of “traditional” subjects in Harlow for the 2014 exam diet. The Ebacc subjects are: English, Maths, a science, a humanities subject and a language.
ESSEX County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I had the pleasure of attending the Essex Teaching Awards and meeting the winning teachers and support teams. The quality of applications we received were extremely high and I know the judging panel had a tough job choosing the winners.
ACCURO provides a range of services for local children and adults with a disability and their families and is now entering its 30th year of successfully delivering services. The charity is keen to develop Community Partnerships with a range of local organisations and businesses to help establish stronger links with the wider community that will be of mutual benefit to the charity and its community partners.
HARLOW welcomed over 800 students from across the county for the third annual Essex Winter Games, spreading throughout three venues.
The opening ceremony was conducted at the Harlow Leisure Zone, where the badminton, indoor rowing and table cricket events took place.
FASHION comes to Passmores Academy in March when the St Clares host a high street fashion show. The show takes place on Wednesday 19th March at 7.30pm
THE festival will be opened by Rio 2016 hopeful, Wheelchair racer, Richard Chissarro from Harlow who is funded by the Active Essex, Essex County Council Inspired Athletes Awards at Gold level and Vic Goddard, Principle at Passmores Academy, Harlow who starred in the Channel 4 TV series Educating Essex in 2012.
Improve the behaviour and safety of the pupils by: – providing a learning environment that stimulates and challenges all
pupils to engage successfully in all lessons – ensuring that staff and pupils conform to the centre’s rules and
procedures – making sure that all teachers comply with policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all pupils.
HARLOW residents are still invited to put across their opinions on plans for a new free school in Harlow. Aspire Academy is an Alternative Provision established under the Free School route for children and young people aged 4-16 for whom mainstream education for a range of reasons is not possible or is not working well.
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.
ESSEX County Council is pleased to learn that the Department for Education has selected two preferred Academy sponsors for Braiswick School in Colchester and Rivermill Academy in Harlow, meaning that progress can continue on developing the two new builds funded through the government’s Targeted Basic Need bid.
STUDENTS, parents and the community were invited to wear their national dress to or clothing in the colour of their national flag to the show. The evening students presented an eclectic programme of song, music and dance to an enthusiastic audience of family and friends to welcome their wonderful cultural in to the school.
HANNAH Jones, responsible for community cohesion, said: “Our mission is to carry out different acts in the community at least once a month. We are already doing these things during lunchtimes and after school to enrich our students’ education, but this brings it all together and really highlights our commitment.
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the news that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in the constituency have been allocated £3,961,00 for 2014-15 to help them achieve their full potential. This is good news for pupils and for their families.
Ofsted is sweeping across Harlow like a disease, putting our so called ‘failing’ schools into Special Measures, so that they are forced in to becoming Academies. Although I can only speak for myself, and my children’s progress, I would urge anyone who was considering enrolling their children at Latton Green not to just take the Ofsted report as a decision maker for your choice, as it is, and always has been, in my opinion, a good school, with great staff, who have the pupils needs and education at the top of their list of priorities, unlike Ofsteds box ticking exercise which seems to be on their agenda as soon as they see a ‘Harlow’ address attached to it.
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.
LAST WEEK, the head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilsher, produced his annual report on education in England. The report made for grim reading for some schools but there at the heart of the report was a great tribute to Burnt Mill Academy. The report said: “The headteacher of Burnt Mill Academy in Essex provides exceptionally strong and effective leadership, which is driving the significant improvements seen in the academy.
ARE HARLOW primary schools in crisis or are they on the way up? On Thursday OFSTED published the reading, writing and maths tables for primary schools in Harlow. All schools are supposed to ensure that 60 per cent of pupils gain at least “Level 4” in formal reading and maths tests, combined with an informal teacher assessment of children’s writing abilities.
STEWARDS AND Passmores students are being offered the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in a laboratory testing chemicals in just one of the education and industry projects set up to help encourage young people to consider careers in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors.
HARLOW-based artist Julie Johnstone has ambitious plans for a mural at Burnt Mill. In many ways the plans harness the ambition, energy and zeal that the school possesses. We had run a story a few weeks ago but we were keen to find out more from Julie. So we popped down to the art room at the Mandela Avenue school to find out more.
WITH the festive season fast approaching, students at Harlow University Centre are inviting people to a Christmas cake sale in aid of St Clare Hospice on Monday, December 16. Organiser Charlotte Castle, who is studying BA Journalism, said: “We hope that many of Harlow’s locals will attend and show their support to raise money at such a festive time and make this small gesture a triumph for the town’s youth who will be helping at the event.
CHILDREN as young as five decided they wanted to support devastated families in the Philippines. Pupils on the school council at Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, made it their mission to collect money for those who are suffering as a result of the typhoon.
A CHURCH LANGLEY based pre-school has received a glowing Ofsted report by the government watchdog. Smiles Montessori New Hall was only opened earlier this year but it is clear that the school has made an impression on the inspectors.
A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week to symbolise major construction work beginning on the new multi-million pound University Technical College opening in Harlow. Mike McKeaveney, Principal of Sir Charles Kao UTC, led the ceremony on Friday 6th December 2013 accompanied by Robert Halfon MP, Mike Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University and Chair of the UTC steering group with other partners of the UTC.
ST JAMES’S primary has been praised by Ofsted in its first inspection since the government watchdog put them in special measures. The report notes that the headteacher remains absent from school but then goes onto to stress the progress that has been made.