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Education: Secondary

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THE HEAD of Passmores Learning Community has launched a fund-raising page following the death of school site manager, Alan Simpson. Mr Simpson died due to Covid-19. Tributes have been pouring in for the popular family man. Mr Goddard said: “Following the tragic death of our…

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WHEN planning began in the Christmas holidays for their new Lateral Flow Test Centre, little did they know what a journey it would be! Starting with a socially-distanced Leadership Team Meeting in a chilly school hall in late December, work began apace to set everything…

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AS part of National Careers Week, over 150 students from BMAT STEM Academy in Harlow took part in a virtual work experience placement with teams at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT). The BMAT STEM Academy is a state-of-the art and unique centre that…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask questions on mask wearing in schools. Mr Halfon asked: “To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the scientific basis is for his Department’s guidance on the policy that…

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YOUNG people have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic and lockdown, with NHS research suggesting 1 in 6 may now have a mental health problem, up from 1 in 9 in 2017. The number of mental health support teams in schools and colleges will grow…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has made a speech to the National Education Summit where he has detailed what he sees as the challenges to education as we emerge out of lockdown. Mr Halfon is also chair of the education committee. He said: “It is a…

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HARLOW resident and local teacher Jake Shepherd will be delivering a virtual guest talk to first year students at the University of Liverpool on Monday (8th March). As interest both nationally and internationally grows about Britain’s post-war new towns, the talk is an opportunity to…

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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. YH asked Essex County Council for a breakdown of figures. There were 654 applications for Year 7 pupils to join the First Avenue school. 248 put Burnt Mill…

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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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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”…