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Education: Primary

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FRESHWATERS Primary Academy, in School Lane, held its first Diversity Week to help children to understand the differences between the families and communities around them. Each class discussed family trees before creating their own, demonstrating no two families are the same. The topics of culture,…

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Major building work will transform a Harlow primary school over the summer. With the first phase of redevelopment completed at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, earlier this year, more extensive work is now due to start over the six-week holiday. The new-look school…

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PUPILS at Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, designed pieces of artwork to be put on display in their first ever art exhibition. The work was framed by Images Stevenage and exhibited for parents to view and buy with some funds going to the…

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A NEW head has been appointed to take Roydon Primary School on the next step of its journey. Jenni Elliott has been promoted from her existing role as assistant head at fellow Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) school Cooks Spinney Primary into the headship.…

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CHILDREN within the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) primary schools in Harlow are celebrating their best ever SATs results. Children at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, and Roydon Primary School, in Epping Road, are achieving higher than ever before since joining the…

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A SCHOOL which was failing in all areas in 2013 has been judged to have Good leadership, management and pupil behaviour by Ofsted. Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, Harlow, was graded in September 2013 as Requires Improvement. A visit this month – the…

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MORE than a dozen Essex teachers and support staff have received national recognition after being put forward following the Essex Teaching Awards. Winners from February’s Essex Teaching Awards were put forward by Essex County Council for this year’s Pearson Teaching Awards – an annual national…

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A FESTIVAL celebrating a school’s diverse community is being held this summer. Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, broke with tradition last year and held a party in the park in replace of the classic school fete. This year, pupils have requested they recognise…

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BOYS and girls literally sprinted out of class at the end of term. Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, Harlow, held its annual Mini Marathon as a fun way of starting half-term. The school playground and fields were packed with parents and supporters enjoying…

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YOUNG people caring for loved ones are being offered the support they need from their Harlow schools. Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) schools in the town are working hard to identify all young people with a responsibility to care for someone at home. The…

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THROWING, catching and running skills were improved when the smallest BMAT children took part in a sporting event. The 60 Year 1 and 2 pupils from the four primary schools in the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust family got active at Burnt Mill Academy, in…

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MORE than 17 in 20 children in Essex have been offered their parents’ first preference primary school. Despite significant growth of the county and increasing pressure on places, Essex County Council has confirmed that 86.7 per cent of children due to start reception in 2015…

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CRUCIAL Crew, the annual event organised by Harlow Council and designed to put local schoolchildren’s safety skills to the test, returned this month. From 3 March-13 March 2015, the Latton Bush Centre played host to around 930 Year 6 pupils from 29 primary schools in…

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A SCHOOL with students speaking up to 50 different languages is celebrating its diverse culture. Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, has seen an increase in the number of pupils joining without any English skills. To encourage non-English speaking families to feel a part…

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Book characters took a trip to the local library. Pupils dressed as their favourite storybook stars for World Book Day at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, Harlow, before visiting the local library. Other pupils read The Gingerbread Man and baked their own gingerbread…

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MINI sagas created by mini writers are being published in a book. The Year 1 to 6 pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, Harlow, took up the challenge of writing 100-word mini saga stories, starting with Once Upon A Time. A total…