Primary school places – time to apply

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 September 2014 intake. All reception aged children are entitled to start school in the September following their fourth birthday.

Sky is the limit for Burnt Mill students at careers fair

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 questions about their roles and the paths they took to success.

Kiddi Caru starts £100,000 makeover on garden

LAURA Evans, Nursery Manager, said: “For us our outside space is not just somewhere for children to run around and get some fresh air, it is also an integral part of the nursery environment and therefore it is important that it also supports their development. We are all extremely excited about the new garden because it will offer a whole host of new learning experiences for the children to enhance their development.

Exciting times for education and jobs as Sir Charles Kao university set to open

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, SCK UTC offers an exciting and innovative approach to teaching and training that traditional schools and colleges simply cannot offer!

Secondary places time to apply

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 The website also enables parents to search for school information, read Ofsted reports, check admissions criteria and catchment areas, and submit applications.

Shiver me timbers! There be pirates down School Lane

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, learning the language of semaphore flags, a treasure hunt and using co-ordinates on maps. The theme also followed throughout drama, music, art and food in the school and nursery.

College students are the business at Christmas

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 were delighted with what they have achieved having exceeded their predictions. They managed to fill and gift wrap thirty-seven boxes with bundles of girls and boys toys, far exceeding their target of fifteen boxes.

Harlow College pays tribute to Daniela

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 car hit a deer at around 7.30am on Tuesday, October 15. The Citroen C1 car, driven by Daniela, then collided with a Volvo V40 and caught fire.

MP praises Burnt Mill in House of Commons

“THANK you Mr Speaker. Is my Honourable Friend aware that under the leadership of Helena Mills at Burnt Mill School in Harlow, they have achieved this year 76% in Maths & English A to C GCSE, compared to just 27% a few years ago, by doing many of the measures the Honourable Gentleman set out and having the relentless focus on Maths & English? Will my Honourable Friend look at schools like Burnt Mill to see examples of good practice and to see how the new accountability system works?

Ofsted: Cooks Spinney moving in the right direction

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 schools find it very tough to get more than this grade. The junior school was in special measures in 2010. Under the leadership of headteacher, Lella Yates, the school had made significant progress.

Welcome to Burnt Mill TV!

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 Norris.

Burnt Mill set to quiz councillors

STUDENTS from Burnt Mill will be quizzing a panel of county councillors during a Members Question Time session as part of Local Democracy Week (Monday 14 October to Friday 18 October). Primary and secondary school students will be getting to grips with local democracy at two full-day events being held by Essex County Council to help young people understand and learn more about the importance of democracy and how local government works.

Catastrophic Ofsted for St James’ primary

TEACHERS do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can do or achieve. Pupils are not challenged sufficiently to produce their best work or present it to a sufficiently high standard. The most obvious exception is in Year 1, where consistently good teaching over time and high expectations have led to good quality extended writing and a clear grasp of mathematics. As a result, pupils have begun to make expected or better-than-expected progress in 2013.

Introducing..the new principal at Harlow College

A LOT of places say they put students at the heart of what they do, but you don’t see many that actually do it! I thought it was important before I applied for the job to visit the College and find out more. I thought there was a great atmosphere here and a really positive aspirational culture. Both the staff and students commented on how purposeful and friendly it was. The students in particular all said how much the staff really cared about them! This College genuinely supports their students. There is a really excellent ethos here.

Milwards triumph in latest Ofsted report

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 number of areas is “knocking on the door” of achieving an even greater rating.