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.
Leadership and management are outstanding; the headteacher expects high standards from both pupils and staff. Behaviour and attendance have improved significantly as a direct result of the improvement in teaching and achievement secured. A strong leadership team and a vibrant junior school have been created in six months.
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.
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.
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!
“WE have worked tirelessly since the inspection and addressed every point raised in the report. We have had subsequent visits from OFSTED who have been happy with the many actions taken to rectify the issues that were raised in August and they have signed off our progress.
STUDENTS from Year 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.
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 Ofsted reports, check admissions criteria and catchment areas, and submit applications.
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.
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 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.
STEWARDS Academy celebrated the re-validation of the prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark Award at a glittering award ceremony held in Pall Mall, London.
Stewards went through a rigorous two-day evaluation of ten aspects of the school’s inclusive practice as linked to high quality teaching and learning opportunities.
“Vindicated” Ofsted report on extraordinary transformation of Chill Out Kids Club..or did they get it wrong in the first place?
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
TWO former Harlow College students are celebrating after winning the prestigious VTCT Certificate of Excellence for their outstanding Level 3 Beauty coursework during 2012/13. The award is nationally recognised by salons and employers and is considered a ‘fast track’ to the very top of the profession.
A week dedicated to languages has been enjoyed at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, to celebrate the diversity of the school. Students at the school from countries including Italy, Turkey, Poland, Portugal and India took the opportunity to teach their peers about their first language.
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.
AWARDS which will recognise young people’s educational progress in Harlow have been launched today by Harlow Council. Educational progression is vital for young people to fulfil their aspirations and improve their life chances.
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.
THE GRAND finale of SoapSense – the drama competition for schools about mental illness took place at the Trust’s Annual Public Meeting recently. Over 300 people attended the event which was organised by North Essex Partnership at the Latton Bush Conference Centre in Harlow.
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.