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Education: Secondary

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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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We have divided the interview into two parts. In the first part, we discuss the recent Ofsted report. The school was given an Outstanding in 2008. This time it was graded as “Good”. The report stated: 1. The headteacher’s leadership is excellent. He works successfully…

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STEWARDS Academy has excelled itself in recent weeks with the money it has raised for charity. Over £1000 was raised for Children in Need by having a non-uniform day and staff dressing as fictional book characters. Poppies were sold around school for Remembrance Day as…

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THE POWER of Shakespeare saw schoolchildren take part in a countrywide festival. Helena Mills, headteacher at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, held an assembly on the relevance of his work, telling students he is her favourite writer. The response was Year 9, 10…

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ESSEX County Council is beginning a six week consultation into how a better range of overnight short break care can be developed for children with disabilities. The consultation is in response to the decline in use of overnight residential short breaks and the development of…

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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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HARLOW College was announced winner of the 2013 AoC Beacon Award for Innovation in FE at the AoC Annual Conference at ICC Birmingham today (19 Nov). The award is sponsored by OCR and the announcement was made by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for…

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STEWARDS Academy celebrated their first “Reading Week” last week. The week’s activities ran alongside the other reading schemes that are in operation at Stewards and were intended to highlight the benefits of reading to students of all ages and at all stages of school life.…

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THE future of Harlow Homework Club has been secured following the intervention of Harlow MP Robert Halfon who met with Essex County Council libraries, communities and planning cabinet member John Jowers to resolve funding issues. It was feared the club – which runs during after-school…

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By Jo O’Reilly FOR A long time, Burnt Mill had a reputation as the school that battled with Mark Hall for top spot in the town. Both schools saw a decline in their fortunes. In 2009, Burnt Mill’s nadir was the fact that only 27%…

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HARLOW Town centre came to a virtual halt on Thursday evening as Velizy Avenue filled with vehicles trying to get into Harlow College. The carpark was unable to cope with the sheer volume of vehicles, leading to long tailbacks. Fortunately most visitors were undeterred and…

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STEWARDS Academy excelled itself this year with a sensational double bill at the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. A cast of 40 pupils brought Macbeth and Julius Caesar to life. Directors Di Johnson, Karen Batterham and Sam Ramsey were delighted with the manner in which pupils…

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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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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…