Category Archives: Schools

Schools given free copies of Amnesty’s child rights book

More than 250 secondary schools across the capital are to be given a free copy of Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth, published by Amnesty International and written by Angelina Jolie and Professor Geraldine Van Bueren … Continue reading

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Plan for 5G mast next to primary school causes locals concern

There’s a degree of trepidation in New Addington over proposals to erect a 5G telecoms mast next to a local primary school. Preliminary surveying work has been carried out, and a pre-application process undergone on behalf of CK Hutchinson Networks, … Continue reading

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Minster choir hits right notes alongside Abbey and St Paul’s

Croydon Minster’s choirs have been named among some of the best-known singing groups from cathedrals around the country as recipients of a special grant in recognition of their outstanding work and performances. The Cathedral Music Trust has named Croydon Minster … Continue reading

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Jubilation all-round as High School stages early street party

With the school’s pupils due to be away on half-term during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Croydon High staged its own “street party” this week when pupils and staff from across the school came together to celebrate. The entrance to the … Continue reading

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‘Based on this year’s elections, Croydon is in a very bad place’

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Reports over Croydon’s local elections have been lodged with the Electoral Commission and with Scotland Yard. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES There could yet be further repercussions around Katherine Kerswell’s chronic mishandling of Croydon’s “never-ending” election count, which earlier … Continue reading

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Great North Wood under threat from holy order’s £3.5m scheme

A holy order of Catholic nuns wants to hack down mature and healthy trees in a specially protected site, part of the ancient Great North Wood, and then use the timber to build a “visitor attraction” to commemorate… the Great … Continue reading

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Teachers threatened with sackings in gay author dispute

The bitter row with Catholic church over governor sackings and freedom of speech has seen John Fisher School closed for three days this week. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Teachers taking industrial action at John Fisher School have been threatened with … Continue reading

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Croydon High School appoints Davies as new headteacher

Croydon High, the £18,000 per year private girls’ school in Selsdon, has announced the appointment of Annabel Davies as its new headteacher, with effect from September 2022. Davies is to replace Emma Pattison, the head since 2016, who is leaving … Continue reading

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Tory Perry wins historic Mayor election by less than 600 votes

Democracy was kept waiting while council officials struggled with their abacuses. By our sleep-deprived political editor, WALTER CRONXITE Jason Perry has been declared the first elected Mayor of Croydon, after a borough-wide vote sent a message to the local Labour … Continue reading

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Kerswell’s election count will get off to a very slow start

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on a sad end to another Croydon tradition Another decision by cash-strapped Croydon Council is responsible for the end of yet another tradition: Inside Croydon’s unrivalled and extensive dusk-to-dawn election night coverage of the count. That’s … Continue reading

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SEND demand sees council education deficit grow to £22.5m

A report published today by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has discovered a £1.3bn ‘financial black hole at the centre of the special educational needs and disability system – and it is growing rapidly’ The deficit in Croydon Council’s DSG … Continue reading

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John Fisher governors get Ofsted backing in gay author row

Teachers are on strike at John Fisher School today, with the backing of the majority of parents, as well as former governors and even Ofsted, as the row with the school’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese rumbles into a third month. Governors … Continue reading

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Striking teachers at Coulsdon College demand fair pay

About 50 staff at Coulsdon Sixth Form College have joined a picket line this morning, in a dispute between the National Education Union and college management over a refusal by the administration to honour nationally agreed pay awards. Coulsdon Sixth … Continue reading

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School streets are back with a £60 bang – with more to come

As Croydon pupils yesterday packed their satchels and rucksacks and headed back to school for the final term of this academic year, so the council has reintroduced 10 school streets, with restrictions on traffic. The school streets were “paused” by … Continue reading

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Merton’s £50m education shortfall raises finance alarms

A south London council on the brink of financial collapse, getting a multi-million-pound bail-out from government, while being run by a new chief exec and with a rudderless Labour group where the leader isn’t standing for re-election in their old … Continue reading

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Mayor candidate Shawcross’s ‘new’ direction not so new at all

Any ‘clean break’ with the incompetence and graft of the past at Croydon Town Hall that is being offered by Labour Mayoral candidate Val Shawcross appears doomed by her own campaign’s deep-rooted connections with discredited Tony Newman and some of … Continue reading

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BRIT School stages charity premiere from the covid Frontline

The BRIT School has partnered with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to support its dedicated charity by staging a world premiere of an original new play about the impact of covid-19. On April 27 and 28 around two dozen Year … Continue reading

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Easter Fun Day, Christ Church School, Purley, Apr 16

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Mayor digs in to plant a Jubilee cherry tree at Mayday

The local NHS Trust and the Mayor of Croydon staged a joint ceremony yesterday to dig in and contribute to the Queen’s Green Canopy – a tree-planting initiative being run to coincide with celebrations around the 70th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Sutton firm puts SEND children to back of lessons queue

Loss-making council company prioritises profit-generating clients over legal responsibilities for the education of some of the borough’s most vulnerable children. By CARL SHILTON Parents of Sutton children with SEND have been lied to by their local council, as it has … Continue reading

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Trinity lift rugby’s National Cup after tense Twickenham final

South London’s dominance over schools rugby in England continues after Trinity School had its name engraved on to the National Schools Cup following a tense 15-10 win at Twickenham Stadium over Kirkham Grammar. The Croydon team were always in front, … Continue reading

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Pioneer academy chief to take aid to Ukrainian refugees

The chief executive of an education academy trust that runs four Croydon primaries is driving off to the Poland-Ukrainian border on a mercy mission to deliver aid to refugees from the Russian invasion. “We all want to protect children from … Continue reading

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Trinity Boys’ Choir in concert, St John’s Shirley, May 6

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School street schemes dropped after council failed to consult

Croydon’s failing council administration has had to abandon an important child safety measure, introduced during the covid lockdown, because they failed to organise in advance any replacement of what were initially temporary measures. Campaigners who have fought for healthier, less-polluted … Continue reading

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Six-year-old collects 100 times her fundraising target

A South Croydon six-year-old’s charity appeal has raised 100 times more than her original target – and helped to prepare meals for Croydon’s homeless as well as making a starring appearance on television. Inside Croydon reported last month how Naomi … Continue reading

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