Category Archives: Schools

Headteacher Smith’s passport to Pimlico began in Croydon

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, reports on how recent confrontations between ‘woke’ staff and pupils at an inner London academy may have had their beginnings in south London Daniel Smith, the controversial head of Pimlico Academy who has attracted national … Continue reading

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Grinling Gibbons and saxifrage: hidden secrets of Lloyd Park

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The moving of sites between two Croydon private schools will create a misnomer for the building being used in Lloyd Park, according to ANTHONY MILLS, who provides some history and background to the site The transfer of the … Continue reading

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Two private schools to move into vacated Virgo Fidelis site

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on how an Opus Dei Catholic education trust is paying the £5m cost of repairs to a grand Gothic building in Upper Norwood, while Croydon Council Tax-payers are still getting stung with a £4m bill … Continue reading

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Schools start summer term still struggling after cyber attack

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on the lingering difficulties facing teachers and parents Some pupils returned to their schools this week after the Easter holidays with their teachers still unable to access IT systems or use their usual telephone networks. … Continue reading

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with some free lessons

Parents and teachers looking for teaching resources and inspiration would do worse this week than look to the life and work of the Bard. LAURA STEELE, from education resource experts PlanBee, offers some tips Many consider Shakespeare to be the … Continue reading

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Car pollution near schools big worry for children, survey finds

Almost two-thirds of London schoolchildren are worried about air pollution near their school – an increase of 11 per cent since a similar survey was conducted in 2018. A YouGov poll, commissioned by the walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, surveyed … Continue reading

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South Croydon teen wins census photo memory competition

Yoana Yakimova, a 14-year-old pupil at Quest Academy, South Croydon, has won £100 in Amazon vouchers for her winning photograph in a Census 2021 Time Capsule competition, devised to remind the public to complete this year’s census. The organisers asked … Continue reading

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School Streets work – so why have Sutton removed them?

In Carshalton, the local council has removed a traffic-calming scheme outside a primary school, so that they can hold a consultation about… re-introducing it. Local parent VERITY THOMSON takes up the story Parents, residents and volunteers working on the School … Continue reading

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Whitgift Foundation sows the seeds of a green revival

The Whitgift Foundation, Croydon’s biggest landowners and the operators of three large fee-paying schools, has launched an ambitious borough-wide gardening project to inspire residents to shrug off lockdown, dust off the trowels and get green-fingered as we spring into spring. … Continue reading

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Trinity gets top marks for their pizza delivery to hospital

NHS key workers will be getting a special pizza delivery in time for Easter, thanks to a fund-raiser carried out among pupils, staff and parents at Trinity School. Trinity is always looking for ways to support the local community. In … Continue reading

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South Croydon prep school appoints new headteacher

A independent primary school in South Croydon has announced its new headteacher. Sara Marriott will take over the running of Elmhurst School for Boys, on South Park Hill Road, from September this year. Marriott, a business studies graduate from Edinburgh, … Continue reading

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Harris Federation schools come under ‘vicious’ cyber attack

At least nine Croydon schools, including four large secondaries, have been affected by a malicious ransomware cyberattack this week, forcing them to shut down IT systems, email servers and even switch off their landline phone networks. The Harris Federation, which … Continue reading

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Teacher recalls Merton’s park stars finest hour and a half

Two south London boroughs have managed to produce a profusion of footballing talent, from Neil Sullivan to Callum Hudson-Odoi, from Jason Cundy to Wilfried Zaha. Here, DAVID MORGAN looks back to the days when he was manager of one of … Continue reading

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16,000 schoolchildren to receive Easter meals packages

Thousands of Croydon schoolchildren will receive support packages over Easter, despite the government failing to guarantee free school meals over holidays. Ministers were criticised last year after repeatedly refusing to extend meals vouchers into school holidays, before repeatedly U-turning in … Continue reading

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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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