Category Archives: Education

Represent Book Festival, Centrale Shopping Centre, Dec 4

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Striking college lecturers claim victory over new pay offer

The University and College Union – UCU – is this week claiming victory after strike action at further education institutions across south London, including Croydon College, won a significant pay rise for lecturers and other staff. UCU members at Croydon … Continue reading

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Chancellor’s Council Tax bombshell: how Budget hits Croydon

Our new columnist ANDREW FISHER, pictured left, looks at what this week’s Budget will mean for Croydon’s residents, businesses and for the services provided by the local authority Nearly 50,000 households in Croydon receive Universal Credit. The £20 per week … Continue reading

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Norbury Afterschool Club, Harlow Hall, term time Fridays

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Schoolchildren’s half-term homework is to have their covid jab

Parents and carers can, for the first time, book a covid-19 vaccination for their 12-to-15-year-olds during the schools’ half-term this month using the national booking system. Starting tomorrow, October 23, parents and carers can book an appointment to take their … Continue reading

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Trinity pupil hits all the right notes to win Steinway competition

Ed Warner has been named as the winner of the 2021 Trinity-Steinway Scholarship, after a day-long set of performances under the gaze of staff at the Royal College of Music. The Trinity-Steinway Scholarship is a collaboration between Trinity, Steinway and … Continue reading

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Purley Pool closure planned to help GLL repay £279,000 loan

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Cash-strapped council’s case for closing down leisure centre depends entirely on made up figures and abandoning terms of a 20-year management agreement. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Inside Croydon’s exclusive report two weeks ago about proposals to cut … Continue reading

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Victorian church painting that leads to a Great War tragedy

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: The church archives have yielded more insights into local family histories. By DAVID MORGAN Croydon Minster maintains extensive archives, which include many paintings of the church. One such work, which has recently been discovered, is dated … Continue reading

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Child’s transplant delayed by council SEND decisions

As the Ofsted inspectors visit Fisher’s Folly this week, one family’s struggle to get the council to provide a decent standard of education for their son with SEND has forced them to write this open letter to the council leader … Continue reading

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Midnight deadline to complete Ofsted’s SEND survey

By SARAH BOWELL It’s a big week for Croydon, and not just because of Thursday’s council governance referendum. For some families, the bigger news of this week is that Croydon’s SEND department is being visited for an Ofsted inspection. For … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Black History Month offers much to be proud about

Croydon’s Black History Month begins tonight under the tagline “Proud2be”. Organised by the Croydon BME Forum, Black History Month includes an intergenerational fashion show, poetry readings, live music, theatre, a networking brunch and thought-provoking discussions.

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Garden centre plants a seed with children’s activity sessions

Dobbies, the garden centre chain, has relaunched its Little Seedlings Club for budding gardeners aged from four to 10, with the first sessions at its Woodcote Green centre in Sutton this Sunday, October 3. Packed full of activities, tutorials and … Continue reading

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Champions! Schoolboy footballers lift the cup after final thriller

Croydon Schools’ under-15s have been crowned national champions, after winning a tense English Schools Inter District Cup final against Chester-le-Street 3-1 on Sunday. The game, played at Worcester’s rugby stadium, Sixways, was evenly matched from the start, with Chester-le-Street’s strong … Continue reading

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Free First Aid course, Harlow Hall, Norbury, Sep 23

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Labour break Coulsdon promises because ‘We need the money’

Our south of the borough correspondent, PEARL LEE, reports on how the council’s  planning department has broken the land speed record to push through the £1m sale of a site that was earmarked for a community centre The consequences of … Continue reading

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College lecturers vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

Lecturers at Croydon College are to strike after rejecting a below-inflation 1 per cent pay offer. Croydon is one of 15 further education colleges and groups of colleges run by the Association of Colleges. The lecturers have voted for up … Continue reading

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A2ndvoice webinar for autistic people: Stimming, Sep 15

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Verity gets council to face up to the truth on air pollution

Air pollution that is suffered by pedestrians across south London, including Croydon and Sutton, has been well above legal levels for several years. But now one environmental activist in Wallington is doing something about it, at least to draw the … Continue reading

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Big Local Broad Green Spelling Club, Mondays in term time

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Third-age group’s art exhibition, Clocktower Café, from Sep 6

The talented artists of the painting and drawing group at Croydon u3a – the University of the Third Age – have been busy throughout lockdown during this past year producing pictures in a wide variety of different styles.

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Underdog Kinlock now has his eyes on Olympic prizes

Croydon has produced another champion sprinter. ANDREW SINCLAIR caught up with Derek Kinlock to discover how the Thornton Heath teenager overcame covid and other barriers (literally) to become a European Junior gold medallist “It was just fun, man,”  Derek Kinlock … Continue reading

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Government made it easier for rich kids to make the grade

Last week’s covid-hit A level and GCSE results demonstrate huge disparities in our schools, particularly in Croydon, writes KEN TOWL Can we please stop talking about grade inflation? Sure, when the examination results were announced last week, at A level, … Continue reading

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Mysteries behind the Lanfranc air crash could finally be solved

Sixty years after the air crash that devastated families from across Croydon, the final investigation documents are due to be released this week. By NEIL BENNETT Many families in south London are hoping that the mystery behind a terrible air … Continue reading

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Choong’s Olympic gold burnished on playing fields of Croydon

Whitgift School can now add Olympic gold to the long list of sporting achievements of its former pupils, after Joe Choong won the men’s modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Games yesterday. Whitgift has long been a nurturing ground for outstanding … Continue reading

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College staff set for strike action after ‘derisory’ 1% pay offer

By SANJANA IDNANI When students return to Croydon College next month, many hopeful for an uninterrupted academic year after 18 months of lockdown disruption, they could walk straight into strike action by their lecturers and other staff. An overwhelming majority … Continue reading

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