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Education: Primary

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THESE have not been easy times for Abbotsweld primary but it has been good to see that Ofsted have been pleased with the progress the school has made since it was graded as “Requires Improvement” late last year. But the government watchdog has returned and…

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PUPILS were kept indoors at a Harlow school this week after parents raised their concerns about the high pollution levels of smog in the area. Primary pupils at Pear Tree Mead Primary and Nursery School near Southern Way were kept inside after the school decided…

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A BULLY Beat Workshop featuring children from Cooks Spinney Primary School in Harlow. The Songwriting Charity is working in partnership with Essex County Council as part of the Positive Assertive Confidence Skills Programme (PACS). They are funded to deliver songwriting workshops to pupils who complete…

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SHEERING PRIMARY has been re-visited by Ofsted after an earlier inspection informed the school that it required improvement. The most recent visit still has a number of criticisms and reccomendations. The reports findings are: 1.Your action plan sets out clearly how you aim to tackle…

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CHILDREN have been inspiring their families to cook healthy meals at home. Year 4 pupils at Roydon Primary School, in Epping Road, Roydon, are enjoying regular cooking lessons, taking home their dishes to be finished and cooked with their families. The first week saw them…

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School fetes are so last season! At Freshwaters Primary Academy, it’s all about the Party in the Park. Pupils and teachers at the school, in School Lane, Harlow, are busy planning the outdoor event which they hope will bring the whole community together for an…

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GOVERNMENT watchdog Ofsted has praised the rate of progress made at Little Parndon after the school was told that it “Required Improvement” Ofsted came back into the school in March for a monitoring visit and made the following observations. Immediately after the inspection, you took…

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FRESH, homemade meals are being served up at Roydon Primary School, in Epping Road, Roydon by their in-house catering team. Parents attended a taster session so they could see – and taste – for themselves what food their children are getting during the day. Headteacher…

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A SCHOOL is appealing to its community to help create outdoor education spaces for its children. Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, benefits from plenty of outdoor space, but acting headteacher Marios Solomonides is determined to make better use of it. After the successful…

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IF THERE is one common theme that runs throughout Ofsted reports for Harlow schools it is that expectations do not seem to be high enough. Ofsted has published a report into Sheering primary and told the school that it must improve. The report states: 1.…

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Anything is possible at Freshwaters Primary Academy. THAT is the new positive ethos which has come with the appointment of acting headteacher Marios Solomonides. Teachers are learning that so long as their ideas benefit the children they are to go ahead, while pupils are being…

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By Mark Sweeney 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. Following…

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THE AXED TROUBLED pupils unit in Commonside Road, is improving according to government watchdog Ofsted. The West Quadrant Unit is closing in July. It has and remains in special measures. There are hopes that the Aspire Academy, backed by headteachers Vic Goddard and Helena Mills,…

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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…

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LAST MONTH, Latton Green Primary was placed into special measures. There are a number of people who believe it is politically motivated and has very little to do with education. A concerned parent has written to YH and added her concerns. Sir, “I am a…

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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.…