Category Archives: Education

Ship Ahoy! schools and choirs concert, Croydon Minster, Jul 1

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Rivers Week keeps water pressure high for climate change

Policymakers, water companies, businesses, industry and the public in London will all need to work together help to protect London’s rivers in order for them to be better prepared to tackle the impacts of droughts and floods brought on by … Continue reading

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Inadequate funding that is sending colleges towards failure

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Lack of adequate funding from central government has not been confined to local authorities, as GENE BRODIE, education correspondent, reports Anyone who wanted a warning of the “Inadequate” rating applied to Croydon College last week by Ofsted … Continue reading

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Council’s healthy school streets have no ANPR protections

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More than 20 ‘Healthy School Streets’ introduced in 2023 have never had any enforcement CCTV cameras installed because the council purchased equipment that does not work in Britain. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Another omnishambles of procurement at … Continue reading

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Talk: Benefits of lavender oil, Honeywood Museum, Sep 28

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‘We feel strongly that it does not fairly reflect the evidence’

Ofsted’s inspection of Croydon College and Coulsdon Sixth Form College, conducted in February, resulted in an ‘Inadequate’ rating for the further education institutions Here, in full, is the statement issued this morning on behalf of Caireen Mitchell, the principal and … Continue reading

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#CroydonInCrisis: College given ‘Inadequate’ Ofsted rating

One of the country’s largest further education institutions has been warned ‘about the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism’ by inspectors who report ‘homophobic taunts’ and young women feeling ‘uncomfortable’ in the college’s common areas Croydon College, in its first … Continue reading

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Charity offers youngsters chance to be Junior River Rangers

An environmental charity is giving primary school-aged children the chance to become Junior River Rangers in Carshalton and along the Wandle during London Rivers Week. The South East Rivers Trust is staging nature scavenger hunts, craft activities and river dipping … Continue reading

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Directors take a 96-mile tandem challenge to help choirs sing

Two accomplished church musicians, leading figures at the Royal School of Church Music, will be setting off from Addington Palace next month on a sponsored tandem ride to raise funds for their organisation’s forthcoming centenary. Addington Palace, another of the … Continue reading

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Union claims success as school governors drop academy plan

Staff at a Croydon special school are claiming a victory after the board of governors dropped its plans for academisation. Red Gates School in South Croydon, which specialises in educating children with severe learning disabilities, received a Good/Outstanding Ofsted rating … Continue reading

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Royal Academy takes right steps with schools dance show

More than 100 pupils drawn from Riddlesdown Collegiate, Orchard Park High, Cheam High, Coombe Wood and Hayes schools last week came together, perform and share their passion for dance at Step Around Town Croydon 2023, organised by the Royal Academy … Continue reading

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Trinity’s water polo players are making a splash at World Cup

Trinity School has two alumni – one a former pupil, the other currently in the Sixth Form – playing for Great Britain’s senior women’s team in the water polo World Cup in Berlin this week. Lucy Bullock and team captain … Continue reading

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Fining car drivers is not fine with pro-pollution Mayor Perry

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Not a single fine has been raised on one Healthy School Street after four months of a six-month trial, all because the council has failed to instal any ANPR cameras, leaving the cash-strapped authority missing out on … Continue reading

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Beulah Hill academy’s eco centre takes lessons into the woods

Ahead of the opening of Harris Academy Beulah Hill in September, the school – currently part of Harris South Norwood – has launched its own eco centre, based in part of the ancient North Wood, with an eco classroom, a … Continue reading

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Developers face £20m bill to under-pin East Croydon towers

After four very tall towers have recently been erected opposite East Croydon Station, residents are questioning whether three more will be too many, reports BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent The developers of the latest 775-flat residential scheme proposed for Croydon town … Continue reading

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Developer consults on 775-flat proposal next to Fairfield Halls

Proposals for another 775 flats, including a 38-storey tower, on a two-acre site next to the Fairfield Halls are being laid out for public consultation tomorrow. The scheme is being brought forward by asset managers Delta Properties, who acquired the … Continue reading

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Drama, choir and production classes at CYTO, South Norwood

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Proud of South Norwood primary that stood up to bigotry

In his latest exclusive column for Inside Croydon, proud dad ANDREW FISHER, pictured left, reports on the outcome of a legal case which has upheld the law on education, equality and inclusivity This week I got a message from my … Continue reading

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Champion performances for charity by marathon runners

Two Croydon figures made themselves marathon champions on Sunday, one by setting an example by raising thousands of pounds for the NHS charity, the other by claiming the accolade as the 2023 race’s oldest finisher. David Picksley, at 90, completed … Continue reading

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University campus gets down to business with leak-proof pants

The London South Bank University campus, which opened in October 2021 in the town centre, has so far helped 14 Croydon businesses through its Help to Grow training programme. The LSBU says that more than 250 businesses across London and … Continue reading

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Locals petition Perry over neglect of South Norwood reserve

The dereliction and decline of another of Croydon’s cherished public open spaces has prompted residents to petition Jason Perry, the Mayor of Croydon, to re-open the visitor centre in South Norwood Country Park. More than one thousand people have already … Continue reading

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Spinster sisters’ life-long service to the Girls Friendly Society

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: A small brass plaque in a corner of Croydon Minster was only the beginning of the story of a life of service to the church and community, as uncovered by DAVID MORGAN On the wall of the Lady … Continue reading

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Special school offers its stones to plug gaps in park’s walls

Croydon Council officials have given Cressey College a free pass over the “disappearing” rocks from ornamental walls around Park Hill Recreation Ground, assuring residents and friends’ groups that the stones used by the private special school’s builders over the Easter … Continue reading

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Cressey College looks to be on the rocks over park and Ofsted

Residents’ anger over the disappearance of large pieces of masonry in Park Hill Park over Easter weekend has forced the owners of a struggling special school business to issue a series of conflicting statements. By our Town Hall reporter, KEN … Continue reading

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Thornton Heath gets Afrobeat with £15,000 Arts Council grant

A music charity based in Thornton Heath has been awarded £15,000 by Arts Council England to set up an Afrobeat orchestra for Croydon youngsters. The project, called Thornton Heath Afrobeat Orchestra – THABO – aims to develop the musical skills … Continue reading

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