Category Archives: Schools

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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‘Are you joking?’ Two council staffers in Birthday Honours

MBEs have been awarded to two members of Croydon Council staff in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced overnight. Val Burrell-Walker, 57, who has been the council’s fair access manager for school pupils for the past 15 years, and Rashida Baig, … Continue reading

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Parents’ concern as schools stay silent over coronavirus

Parents and staff at some Croydon schools are becoming concerned that information about cases of coronavirus afflicting pupils and teachers is not being shared with the schools’ broader community. In some instances, it has been alleged that year group “bubbles” … Continue reading

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Audit shows £9m shortfall in Hall’s property speculation deals

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Internal audit report will make very uncomfortable reading for the council leader and his finance chief, and shows worrying budget problems for most of the council-run schools. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor It is barely a week … Continue reading

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‘No longer viable’: council sounds death knell for Virgo Fidelis

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on the impending closure of another, once proud and successful, secondary school Croydon Council’s ability to run down long-established church schools to the point of closure continues, while at the same time they have been lavishing … Continue reading

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Is your school safe? Teachers’ union launches covid map

Britain’s largest teachers’ union has started a website which offers interactive mapping to show the covid-19 infection rate around individual schools. The National Education Union’s “Covid-19 Map for Schools” website allows anyone to search for their local school and see … Continue reading

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81% of London parents demand a safer journey to school

Research commissioned by walking and cycling charity Sustrans ahead of this week’s Bike to School Week shows 81per cent of parents in London want councils to make it easier for families to walk and cycle to school. Asked if they … Continue reading

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St Joseph’s College latest secondary to take covid-19 action

St Joseph’s College on Beulah Hill is the latest school to have been forced into taking action after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus. It brings to 10 the number of schools – primary and secondary – across Croydon and … Continue reading

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Virtual London Mini-Marathon opened up to primary schools

Cancelled because of covid-19 in April, the 2020 London Mini-Marathon could now be the biggest road running event for kids ever staged, as the organisers aim to get 45,000 youngsters from across the country to run 2.6 miles in a … Continue reading

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Five more local schools affected by coronavirus positives

At least five more schools in Croydon and Sutton, including two large secondaries, have been hit by positive tests for covid-19 among their staff or pupils, after just the first full week of the new school year, with one borough … Continue reading

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School report: teachers are coronavirus’s new frontline workers

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After the first full week back in the classroom following six months of lockdown, one locally based teacher* offers their thoughts on what life is like under the ‘new normal’ The sanitation stations with their alcohol-based gel are … Continue reading

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Second Croydon primary school hit by covid-19 positive case

Two Croydon primaries have been forced to postpone or alter plans for the return of pupils after members of staff tested positive for covid-19 in the past week, what was supposed to be the first full week of the new … Continue reading

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Covid infection rate in Croydon hits highest level since May

There have been 52 new cases of covid-19 reported in Croydon in the first eight days of September, as the health minister today refused to rule out the possibility of a second nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the … Continue reading

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Loss of free travel for children is another Tory-made mess

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Tory transport minister is ‘stealing free travel from young Londoners just when they need it most’. By CAROLINE RUSSELL, the Green Party London Assembly Member Schools are now going back but nobody can yet tell under-18s in … Continue reading

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Borough’s schools are left to implement own covid safety plans

Croydon Council has left it to the individual boards of governors of the borough’s schools to decide on what measures they and their headteachers need to take to ensure that their schools are “covid-safe” for a return to the classroom … Continue reading

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Park’s learning department could be axed by National Trust

The National Trust’s slogan at present is “Everyone needs nature”. At the National Trust-run Morden Hall Park, just a short tram ride from Croydon, there is nature in abundance in a free-to-enter green oasis in the city, seemingly a perfect … Continue reading

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Cherrystars’ little actors showcase their talents on screen

For nearly a decade Cherrystars have run their Saturday early years community performing arts classes at the BRIT School in Selhurst. But covid-19 has forced them to take their show from the stage… and using Genie-like magic, put it on … Continue reading

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Ten top tips for getting your child ready for return to school

Ahead of the start of the new school year, CATHERINE LYNCH, from education and lesson-planning experts PlanBee, has 10 tips for getting young ones ready and eager to learn As families struggle to deal with the fall-out from exams chaos, … Continue reading

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