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Education: Primary

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ST JAMES 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. The report…

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WHEN headteacher Gill Doyle arrived at Roydon Primary School two years ago, she started out on a journey to create a school Ofsted would class as first good and ultimately outstanding. Her first challenges were to ensure all teaching provision was either good or outstanding…

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LATTON GREEN primary school has been placed into special measures as government watchdog, Ofsted has published a highly critical report. The report has come as a crushing blow to the headteacher, Lorna Handscomb, who has dedicated herself to education in Harlow for many years. YH…

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ESSEX County Council has launched a consultation into the future provision of primary school places in Harlow as a response to significant growth in pupil numbers as a result of new housing, rising births and families moving into the town. Over the last 12 months…

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ESSEX County Council is encouraging parents to apply for primary school places for September 2014. Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 must apply between 11 November 2013 and 15 January 2014 for primary school places for the…

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JEROUNDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL has received a glowing report from Ofsted. The report makes the following observations. 1. Standards are above age-related expectations in Year 3 and rising rapidly in Years 4, 5 and 6. Some Year 6 pupils are already working at close to the…

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A LEADING Harlow day nursery has pledged to prove Ofsted wrong after the government watchdog put them in special measures. Dizzy Ducks Nursery which is situated in the Harlow LeisureZone was inspected in August. The report said: 1. The provider shows a lack of understanding…

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SHIVER me timbers! These little treasures were relieved to not have to walk the plank during their theme day. The pupils at Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, dressed the part for their pirate day. Fun activities during the day included making pirate dummies,…

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OFSTED have published their report into Cooks Spinney primary. The inspection has come just after the infants and junior schools amalgamated. The government watch-dog has said the school requires improvement (the term used to be satisfactory) but many seasoned Ofsted observers believe that newly amalgamated…

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MILWARDS primary school has been celebrating this week after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted. A year ago, the school was judged to be “Satisfactory” but just twelve months later, the school has made a great leap forward. By all accounts, the school, in a…

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THE HEDGEHOGS of Millwards now have a home after Harlow Council delivered houses to Millwards school. Becci Court from Community, Leisure and Cultural Services at Harlow Council was joined by councillor Nick Churchill as they presented the children from Millwards School with 21 bird boxes…

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THE OWNER of a Kids Club, thrown into special measures, has vowed to fight the decision by Ofsted. Emma Pickering has been running the FTA Kids Club in Barn Mead for a number of years. In 2010 it received a GOOD award from the government…

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THE OWNER OF an after school club, that has been running for over ten years, has described the criticisms by Ofsted in a report as “Unfounded”. Ofsted has labelled the Chill Out Kids Club as “Inadequate” and has made a number of very harsh observations.…

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A SCHOOL that suffered a dramatic downturn in its standards, is moving back in the right direction, according to Ofsted, In 2009, Roydon primary school attained a “Good” report. But in June 2012, it received a damning “special measures” report with bottom marks across the…

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THE LITTLE STARS of the Little Stars nursery had a visit from the local fire officers on Tuesday afternoon. The engine made it down to the nursery close to St Mary of Latton church. The officers showed the little students around the fire engine and…