Category Archives: Schools

Woodland Trust is offering free trees to fight climate crisis

Schools and community groups across Croydon are being urged to join the fight against climate change and nature loss by taking advantage of the Woodland Trust’s latest tree-pack giveaway. Applications for the charity’s free tree-packs scheme are open now and … Continue reading

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Bookings are open for 70 children’s Easter activity centres

The Easter holidays will see more than 70 activity clubs operate across the borough, offering free places for children and young people in receipt of free school meals. Backed with a £350,000 grant from Government, the clubs are being run … Continue reading

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Trinity roar their way into second Twickenham cup final

A Croydon school features in the showpiece finale to the rugby season for the fourth time in succession, with their three England call-ups bidding to retain the RFU Schools Cup. Semi-final photos by LEO WILKINSON Trinity are back in Twickenham … Continue reading

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Permit problems see Crystal Palace school street dropped

The council has been forced to abandon one of the school street traffic restrictions which were due to come into force yesterday, following complaints from residents in Crystal Palace that Croydon’s online permit applications system contains significant flaws. It was … Continue reading

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Kenley Primary support staff in strike ballot over backpay

Support staff at Kenley Primary School are being balloted by their trades union over possible strike action. The dispute is over changes to the staff’s terms and conditions, which has created issues over unpaid backpay, and which the GMB union … Continue reading

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South Norwood Primary celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted report

Staff, pupils and parents at South Norwood Primary were celebrating this week after the school, previously rated as “Inadequate” by inspectors, was judged as “Good” after its latest Ofsted inspection. The external inspection of the school, on Crowther Road, took … Continue reading

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Teachers in unanimous vote to escalate their strike action

A little bleary-eyed after a night in the Town Hall Chamber schooling recalcitrant politicians about their duties to the public, KEN TOWL was back on the picket lines this morning as teachers ramped up their industrial action Thursday morning, and … Continue reading

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Channel 4’s schools competition offers insight to broadcasting

Channel 4 is challenging secondary school pupils from across the country to conjure up ideas for a new television show as part of a nationwide competition. Pupils are being invited to create a new show which explores how we are … Continue reading

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Arts Council backs project that will flag up Borough of Culture

South Asian arts organisation Subrang Arts has been awarded £23,661 by Arts Council England to deliver creative activities that will teach Croydon school children and local community groups about the rich cultural heritage of India. The project, called Kalasetu, will … Continue reading

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Khan guarantees London primaries free school meals for a year

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced an historic £130million emergency scheme to help families with the spiralling cost of living by ensuring that every primary school pupil in London will receive free school meals in the next academic … Continue reading

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Trinity 6th-form playwrights explore the nuclear option in Oxted

Three sixth-formers from Trinity School in Shirley will perform at the Southern Counties Drama Festival tomorrow night with an original play, which has been written by two of them. Letters of Last Resort, written by Barney Sayburn and Rob Wilding, … Continue reading

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Ikea’s £2,000 prize for schools with best zero carbon projects

Ikea has launched a national competition giving Croydon school children the chance to win £2,000 towards projects which will help reduce their school’s carbon footprint. The retailer is working in partnership with the Let’s Go Zero campaign, coordinated by climate … Continue reading

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New school streets are only ‘temporary’ according to council

Works start this week on 10 “Healthy School Streets” – the council says they are on a trial basis – which will come into effect on March 13. School streets restrict access to motor vehicles on designated roads where there … Continue reading

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Parents facing ‘hollowed-out’ half-term of council activities

When Jason “It’s going to get worse before it gets better” Perry referred to the “hollowed-out council” that he took charge of last May, the Tory Mayor must have had in mind the borough’s library service, which has been run … Continue reading

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Croydon High pupils create floral tribute to former Head

Pupils, staff and parents at Croydon High in Selsdon have created an extended floral tribute at the school gates to Emma Pattison, the school’s former head teacher. Pattison was head at Croydon High from 2016 until 2022, when she left … Continue reading

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Croydon High ‘shocked’ at death of former head at Epsom

Emma Pattison, the headteacher at Epsom College who was discovered dead with her husband and daughter yesterday, had joined the private school in 2022 after six years as head at Croydon High School in Selsdon. Pattison, 45, her husband George, … Continue reading

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‘Extremist’ teachers make polite request for a fair pay rise

‘Strike now, while you can!’ Croydon’s teachers rose to the challenge in their union’s placard competition as they marched on Parliament today. By our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE For many from the Croydon contingent that made their way up to … Continue reading

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Most of Croydon schools will be affected by teachers’ strike

GENE BRODIE, education correspondent, reports from a teachers’ union meeting on the increasing levels of grievance among schools’ staff According to the Chinese saying, it is a curse to live in “interesting times”. At a rather bullish annual meeting last … Continue reading

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Town Hall meetings halved as new Mayor dodges questioning

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Tonight’s cabinet meeting has on its agenda the borough’s underperforming schools, the Westfield failure, Council Tax Support and council rents… in all, 24 items need to be considered at a meeting where opposition councillors will barely be … Continue reading

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‘Ordinary People’ invited to Town Hall for Holocaust Memorial

Croydon Council is to stage its first in-person Holocaust Memorial Day event in two years later this month, and is inviting the public to take part. The remembrance event will be held in the Town Hall Chamber  on Friday January … Continue reading

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Half of borough’s schools expected to close for teachers’ strike

GENE BRODIE, education correspondent, on the likely impact of next month’s industrial action by the National Education Union At least half of Croydon’s state schools will close for the day on Wednesday, February 1. Most of the others will offer … Continue reading

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Ex-porn baron strips Croydon’s planners of all arguments

The council planning department’s feeble case over the Heath Clark playing fields in Waddon has been thrown out by an unimpressed Planning Inspector, who ruled in favour of David Sullivan’s property company. By BARRATT HOLMES, housing correspondent One of the … Continue reading

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It’s party time at Trinity when the pupils put on a big show

Trinity School hosted a Community Christmas Party this week, welcoming 60 older residents from local care homes and community groups into the school. The guests were treated to performances from Trinity’s Musical Theatre Club with big hits, from Les Misérables … Continue reading

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