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By Harlow Councillor Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing: Chris Vince SAM’S Place is a much loved and valued provision in Harlow. It not only provides respite for parents of disabled children, but also an opportunity for young people to socialise with their peers and…

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By Monica Jones FOLLOWING the two Zoom “public meetings” held by Essex County Council last week regarding the plans for Harlow Library and Adult Community Learning (ACL), there have been many concerns raised by residents – some of whom are part of Harlow Save Our Libraries Essex…

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BURNT Mill Academy has once again been the most popular school according to applications for new pupils. There were 654 applications for Year 7 pupils to join the First Avenue school. 248 put Burnt Mill down as first preference. Equally impressive is the 465 who…

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WHAT does PE stand for? Physical education? Not at Mark Hall Academy…it is all about pizza and exercise! In an attempt to get as many students active at once, the school, in Harlow, launched a fun PE event. Students in Year 7, 8 and 9…

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WITH a phased return to the classroom for secondary school and college pupils set to start from Monday 8 March, settings are currently putting arrangements in place for pupils to take part in asymptomatic Covid-19 testing as per the latest Government guidance. The Government has…

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PASSMORES Academy is delighted that three of its ex-students have recently received offers to study at Cambridge University. Jenna Buller, James Moseley and Aurelija Gibaviciute, left Passmores in 2019 having achieved outstanding results across all subjects in their GCSE exams. Their hard work and dedication…

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STUDENTS learned how to structure, paraphrase and use the right words at the right time during a writing webinar. Year 9, 10 and 11 students at Mark Hall Academy, in Harlow, picked up useful tips to develop their writing skills. The webinar was made possible…

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KEEPING active, eating well and taking care of mental health was the focus of a special week for children. Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, in Harlow, held Healthy Schools Week to remind pupils to look after themselves in lockdown. Pupils in all year groups got involved,…

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TODAY, Monday 1 March, families of almost 16,400 pupils will discover the outcome of their secondary school applications. 97% (more than 19 out of every 20 children) are being offered one of their named preferences of secondary school, with 91.15% of parents being offered their…

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Sir, CLEARLY Nick Gibb hasn’t a clue about teenagers or working in secondary schools.  Teenagers are vectors, likely to be asymptomatic and so place teachers and the families of their peers at higher risk. Effectively saying to them “wear masks if you feel like it”…

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THE CHIEF executive of Passmores Learning Community, Vic Goddard cannot wait for his schools to fully re-open on Monday March 8th. “The best bit of the job is missing” YH went down to Passmores Academy to speak to Vic Goddard about the process of fully…

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MASKS in school classrooms and a testing regime will not be mandatory, a minister said today – but they are “highly recommended”. Nick Gibb said the government would stop short of forcing secondary pupils by law to wear face coverings from March 8, when they…

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SAINT Nicholas School continues to look at new and innovative ways of developing their Virtual Open Day experience and are introducing the option of live virtual taster lessons for prospective pupils on their next Open Day on Saturday 6th March. In addition to one to…

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SECONDARY schools in England will be asked to deliver face-to-face summer schools as part of efforts to catch pupils up with lessons lost to Covid reports the BBC. An extra £420m in funding has been announced, along with £300m announced for catch-up projects in January.…

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INVESTORS are being sought to give young people from deprived families in Harlow an opportunity to further their education. BMAT STEM Academy, a business-focused school for students in Year 10 onwards, works to inspire young people to reach for their goals in STEM (science, technology,…

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CHILDREN working remotely from home have been taught how to stay safe while online. Roydon Primary Academy, in Roydon, used Safer Internet Day to explore the reliability of content on the web. Pupils completed activities focusing on who they can trust online, how the online…