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Education: Secondary

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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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YOUNG people in Harlow are setting their sights on careers as bankers, microbiologists and vets. Year 8 students at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, enjoyed learning about various professions during their careers day. They spent a morning hearing from local professionals before posing probing…

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IT’S hard hats at the ready as work commences on a £100,000 garden makeover project at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Church Langley. This will include not only the introduction of a host of new outdoor learning experiences for the children but also a unique…

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THESE ARE clearly exciting times for education in Harlow. The Sir Charles Kao UTC (SCK UTC) is a brand new University Technical College for students aged 14 – 19 opening in Harlow in September 2014. Located within the grounds of the award winning Harlow College,…

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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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STUDENTS from Years 7, 8 and 9 at Burnt Mill Academy, will see their work published in A Twist In The Tale – Essex after putting together 100-word stories with a twist in the storyline. Saoirse Faughnan, English teacher, said: “We had a huge amount…

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PARENTS and carers of Year 6 children yet to apply must do so by 31 October 2013 to secure a year seven secondary school place. Applications can be made via the website at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions. The website also enables parents to search for school information, read…

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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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VOCATIONAL Business students and staff at Harlow College have been really busy gathering shoe boxes FULL of toys for the Samaritan’s Operation Christmas Child. The team are delighted with what they have achieved, having exceeded their predictions. They managed to fill and gift wrap thirty-seven…

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HARLOW COLLEGE has paid tribute to a former student who died in a road traffic collision on Tuesday. The 18-year-old, from Hoddesdon, and fellow trainee dance teacher Charlotte Dove, from Cheshunt, died in a crash on the northbound A10 just south of Puckeridge after their…

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The IQM award was first achieved by Stewards in 2010 and this re-validation exercise has led to an even more prestigious award with the achievement of Flagship Academy Status. This marks Stewards out as an school of exemplary inclusive practice and was the due recognition…

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A HARLOW kids club that was only put into special measures three months ago, has seen a remarkable turn-around in fortunes. In July, the Chill Out Kids Club received scathing criticism by Ofsted in the report. The report pointed at levels of safeguarding, staffing and…

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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to praise the success of Burnt Mill Academy. Mr Halfon said: “Thank you Mr Speaker. Is my Honourable Friend aware that under the leadership of Helena Mills at Burnt Mill School in…

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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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A NEWS team has been formed at Burnt Mill Academy, with students filming reports to broadcast online and around school. The first special report, which is available on YouTube, was put together during the recent open evening by Year 8 students Sophie Gander and Cat…