Category Archives: Schools

Trinity music teacher ready to lead a big band at Abbey Road

For more than 30 years, the Len Phillips Big Band have been entertaining lovers of swing music across the country and around the world. Later this month, they are to perform the first big band live stream direct from Abbey … Continue reading

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40% of Croydon pupils miss out on first-choice school places

Official figures show that 4 in 10 Croydon children have been denied their first-choice secondary school place next September, one of the poorest allocations in the whole of London. Across the capital’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, an … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan asks ‘heroic’ Londoners to stick to the covid rules

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, today urged all Londoners to continue to follow the lockdown rules in order to ensure that all restrictions in the capital can be lifted by June 21, as outlined last night by the Prime … Continue reading

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Half-term report: Is 49% really a pass mark for this test?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After the respite of a week away from the virtual chalkface, the borough’s teachers are warily preparing themselves to be subject of the latest ‘Boris Big Bang’ As the UK slips down the rankings for the highest per … Continue reading

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Council faces tricky task to find 37 new polling stations by May

Orders from the government to not use schools on election day could cause serious problems in Croydon If you have a garden shed that is not being used on Thursday May 6, or an empty garage perhaps, you might want … Continue reading

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Whitgift School offers tributes to former head David Raeburn

A private family funeral service is to be held at 3pm this afternoon for David Raeburn, a former headmaster at Whitgift School and Oxford University academic. Raeburn died at Abingdon Hospital on February 1. He was 93 years old. He … Continue reading

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Teachers offer guidance for Children’s Mental Health Week

Today marks the start of Children’s Mental Health Week. With so many children’s mental health badly effected by lockdown and absence from school, former teacher LAURA STEELE of education experts PlanBee has gathered a week’s worth of fantastic free resources … Continue reading

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Whitehall picks McArdle to sort out council’s financial mess

CROYDON IN CRISIS: At Monday’s cabinet meeting, the council leadership repeatedly denied that the appointment of an Improvement Board from Whitehall will amount to a takeover. But if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… Tony McArdle, … Continue reading

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Croydon children given out of date bread in their food parcels

Bungling Boris Johnson was forced yesterday to admit that his government food parcels for hungry children are a “disgrace”. But Inside Croydon has discovered that state-funded packages distributed to some children in this borough have distributed with even less in … Continue reading

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Schools and businesses deal with Croydon’s ‘digital divide’

As hundreds of families in the borough struggle with expensive broadband connections or are having to use shared laptops for homeschooling, community groups have rallied round to help. ELLA HOPKINS reports It was little more than a year ago that … Continue reading

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#MakeSchoolsSafe: The NEU advert the Mail banned

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Trinity’s Christmas song raises thousands for the homeless

Richard Holdsworth, the music master at Trinity School, has written and performed, together with pupils, a special Christmas charity record which has raised thousands of pounds for the homeless. Almost Christmas, was released via crowdfunding sites and YouTube over the … Continue reading

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10-year-old Nathan is named as Rotary’s first Stars winner

The Rotary Club of Croydon has named the first winner of its Rotary Stars Award as Nathan Findlator, from Broadmead Primary in Selhurst. The Rotary Stars is an annual scheme to recognise and reward primary school-aged children for acts of … Continue reading

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In the classroom during covid: Schools morale is sinking fast

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In September, a locally based teacher* gave us an insight into what life was like in the classroom as the schools returned following the first coronavirus lockdown. Here, they update us after the strangest of terms It has … Continue reading

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Mayor warns on coronavirus: ‘We still have a long winter ahead’

As Britain hurtles headlong towards a no-deal Brexit, so London appears to be heading for Tier 3, the tightest covid restrictions perhaps as soon as next week – all just in time for Christmas. Government scientific advisers and the London … Continue reading

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‘Startling’ findings in Ombudsman report on children in care

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council’s dilemma over cutting funding to the children’s services department has been highlighted by a report which says that youngsters in care are being let down by local authorities A report published by the Local Government … Continue reading

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Elmhurst footballers picked to play in schools’ World Cup

Two boys from a prep school in South Croydon have been picked to play for England in one of the world’s largest football tournaments. Elmhurst School’s Javahn Woode (Year 6) and Daniel Kaminski (Year 5) were selected from 250 triallists … Continue reading

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Croydon primary schools offer pioneering food bank service

Four Croydon primary schools have started their own food banks to help support their communities during the second covid-19 lockdown. South Norwood Primary, Woodcote Primary, Broadmead and The Crescent, all Pioneer Academy schools, took the initiative in the knowledge that … Continue reading

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Childline counsellors ready to help deal with cyberbullying

To mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week, charity volunteer counsellor RACHEL McCOURTY explains how the NSPCC’s Childline can help Every year thousands of children contact Childline about their experiences of cyberbullying and tell us it can feel impossible to escape. … Continue reading

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The cuts: Fisher’s Folly to be sold and 3-weekly bin collections

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The problem facing Croydon Council as it seeks to balance its books is that, after a decade of Tory austerity, there’s precious little left to cut. STEVEN DOWNES reports The frustration with the slow pace of progress … Continue reading

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Sit-down protest fails to halt destruction of 100-year-old oaks

Croydon Council’s ambivalent approach to environmental protection has been called into question once again after the destruction of trees in Waddon. Photos: PETER BALL What began as a spontaneous, one-woman sit-down protest yesterday ultimately failed to save a set of … Continue reading

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Community dishes up plates-full of embarassment for Tory MPs

A social media flashmob protest took place yesterday outside the offices of Sutton’s Conservative MPs to express public disgust at Paul Scully voting in the Commons against providing free meals for vulnerable children during the half-term break. Protesters described Scully’s … Continue reading

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Croydon joins 27 London boroughs offering half-term meals

Croydon yesterday became one of 28 London boroughs to defy the Tory government and arrange for those children who normally receive free school meals to continue to be fed over the half-term holiday. No formal announcement has been made on … Continue reading

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Appeals to Sutton and Croydon to join Rashford campaign

The leaders of LibDem-run Sutton and Labour-controlled Croydon have been urged to join a growing number of councils in issuing food vouchers over half term as the row over free school meals provision during holidays continues. London boroughs Southwark, Lambeth, … Continue reading

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Teachers ‘at breaking point’ over covid-19 class conditions

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on the growing disquiet among teachers in Croydon and across the country over the risks that they face from coronavirus The leader of a teachers’ union has written to government to warn that “secondary schools … Continue reading

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