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Education: Primary

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THE theme for the first Party in the Park at Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, is all things sun, sea and sand. The outdoor event – which replaces the traditional school fete – is being held to bring the community together for an afternoon…

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By Michael Casey I don’t usually break out into the first person but I have decided to make an exception for this piece. My grand-daughter is in the reception class at Cooks Spinney Primary in Harlow. My daughter Grace asked if I would go along…

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COOKS SPINNEY students ran and ran and ran as they took part in a mini-marathon recently. It was the perfect scene as hundreds of the students ran around specifically designed courses in the school grounds. What was also great to see was the vast number…

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THE pupils at Roydon Primary School, in Epping Road, Roydon, were tasked with writing about the mysterious goings on. The children’s day took an unexpected turn when the school assembly was interrupted by scientists investigating the reports from eye witnesses – played by drama students…

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CHILDREN overcame their fears as they handled snakes, spiders and hissing cockroaches in their classroom. Lessons on mini beasts came to life when Jungle Jo visited reception classes at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, Harlow, with her alternative pets. Despite initial fears, every…

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93.55% of parents are offered their first or second primary school preference despite increased pressures on primary school places Despite increased pressure on primary school places, Essex County Council has offered 93.55% of parents their first or second choice of primary school. Essex is pleased…

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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.…