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Education: Secondary

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KATHERINES primary school in Harlow has been told to improve by Ofsted. The watchdog came to the school last month and issued a report last week. The report states: THE achievement of pupils requires improvement. Attainment levels in reading and mathematics at the end of…

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KINGSMOOR Academy has been told by Ofsted that it requires improvement following an inspection in November. The report said that the senior leaders and governors have made improvements since the previous inspection but identified some areas that require further action. Kingsmoor Academy’s policy for marking…

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FROM the age of nine, pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, are being given expert tuition to nurture their talents. The move is part of the mission by Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust – which looks after the school – to create…

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By Siobhan Wood Photo courtesy of Harlow College. HARLOW College hosted its first Travel and Tourism National Skills Competition in collaboration with City College Norwich and with independent judges from Stansted Airport. A team of students from each College were marked on their practical first…

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CURIOUS school leaders from around Essex took the opportunity to delve into Burnt Mill Academy’s secrets to success. A group of 19 heads and deputies gathered at the school, in First Avenue, Harlow, for the first open day which lifted the lid on the journey…

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A NEW online notification system has been launched to keep parents up-to-date about unplanned school closures. The system has been introduced by Essex County Council to allow parents and guardians to access information about school closures faster and more effectively via the internet. All Essex…

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YOUNG students listened intently as a woman told her story of coming out as gay. Senior cabinet advisor Amy Saunders visited Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, with lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall. The school is a Stonewall champion, promoting tolerance of others,…

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By Siobhan Wood Photo courtesy of Harlow College. FOOTBALL and netball clubs are available for the first time to female Harlow College students, along with other physical activities for both sexes set up by the new Sports Enrichment Officer. Jack Taylor, 21, of Bishop’s Stortford,…

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BUSINESS students at Harlow College were treated last week to a series of motivational talks by WorKingOptions, an inspirational group who aim to help school, sixth form and college students to realise their potential in the world of business. The WorKingOptions programme provides: • Motivation…

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PRIMARY schools within the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) are spending the coming year working with Discover Children’s Story Centre, in Stratford. Discover is a hands-on creative literacy centre providing arts activities, learning opportunities and creative events with a focus on stories. The schools…

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STEWARDS Academy pulled out all the stops to commemorate Remembrance Day, with the whole Stewards community coming together as one. About 1400 people stood in silence in the bright November sunshine to remember the sacrifices of so many in the past 100 years. About 50…

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By Siobhan Wood Photo courtesy of Harlow College. STAFF and students at Harlow College observed a two-minute silence at 11am today to commemorate Armistice Day. All staff were encouraged to mark the moment in an appropriate way and given the freedom to do so. For…

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ST Mark’s pupils and staff have recently returned from the Modern Foreign Language Department’s annual trip to Berlin. “It honestly is the best trip I’ve been on with the school,” said Year 13 pupil James of the four-day visit to Berlin. “I loved the trip…

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By Siobhan Wood William Martin Infant School has been told it must improve after its recent Ofsted inspection. The school’s previous inspection had an overall judgement of ‘good’, and the grading for ‘leadership and management’ and ‘behaviour and safety’ are still at this standard. Improvements…

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JUST before the Autumn half term break Longwood Primary School held their annual Harvest Festival Service in school and all the donations were given to the Harlow Food Bank in thanks for the wonderful support they give us in providing essential items for their school…

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A University Education By Nishall Garala A university education brings broader career options and greater earning potential. If you were looking for a reason to not attend university, you wouldn’t have too much trouble tracking down the opinions those who believe it is not a…