Category Archives: Schools

Head quits as ‘high risk’ Virgo Fidelis struggles with budget

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE reports on the latest setback suffered by one of the borough’s oldest schools Virgo Fidelis girls’ convent school in Upper Norwood will start the new school term in September with its fifth headteacher in barely three … Continue reading

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Croydon teachers issue warning over re-opening of schools

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on a dire warning from the vast majority of the borough’s teachers over placing wealth before health Teachers in the borough have written to the council to warn that they oppose any plans for a … Continue reading

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Schools and undertakers come to council’s rescue over PPE

School children, dentists and undertakers have come to the council’s rescue by providing vital PPE for frontline staff and care workers, after the Town Hall failed to order in or stockpile sufficient equipment ahead of the covid-19 lockdown. The council … Continue reading

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Butterfly sanctuary under threat from BxB development

Some might see it as a disconnect at the Town Hall, where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Others might characterise it as just another example of blatant civic hypocrisy. Last summer, when the headlines … Continue reading

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Community housing trust awards pupils prizes for new logo

Back in the good old days – you may remember them when kids went to school, adults went down the pub, and you could buy an almost inexhaustible supply of bog roll in the shops – some people were making … Continue reading

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Neighbours rally round to help in coronavirus emergency

As supermarkets decide to ration some products in their stores after panic-buying over the weekend, and the first Croydon school announces a partial closure, meanwhile hundreds of good neighbours have been mobilising to help others through the pandemic crisis, as … Continue reading

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‘Pupil Power’ forces Brick by Brick to cave in over flats

Brick by Brick has caved in to “Pupil Power”, abandoning plans to build a block of flats in New Addington on an open space close to the Green Belt, after hundreds of primary-aged children wrote to the Town Hall pleading … Continue reading

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Buzz off: Extinction Rebellion to protest against idling drivers

A swarm of bees will land in Wallington high street on Saturday morning to demand reducing emissions by eliminating unnecessary car journeys and idling. The bees, who are actually friendly rebels from Sutton’s Extinction Rebellion group, have been roused from … Continue reading

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Outstanding Norbury choir wins prize at national competition

An acapella choir formed of pupils from a Norbury secondary school walked away with a £1,000 prize and the acclaim of judges and the audience after the grand final of the Jack Petchey Perfect Pitch Champions competition held at the … Continue reading

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Builders go with the (over)flow in rush to finish £30m school

Residents in South Croydon have had their road closed off and streams of muddy water flowing down their street, as the construction of Coombe Wood School has created another flood of complaints. GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports “I suppose … Continue reading

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Tory flagship free school Portakabin Academy rated inadequate

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, on how Conservative policy has failed staff, parents and – above all – pupils at a Thornton Heath primary One of the Tory government’s flagship free schools, the Paxton Academy in Thornton Heath, has been … Continue reading

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Schools face cuts of up to £1,100 per pupil under Tories

Every school in Croydon faces further funding cuts if the Conservatives are returned to power in Thursday’s General Election. Those are the findings of the National Education Union, who state that some of Croydon’s 103 state schools could lose as … Continue reading

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Ridgeway Winter Wonderland, Sanderstead, Dec 15

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Coulsdon teachers go on strike over £700m funding shortfall

Teaching union members working at Coulsdon Sixth Form College will be on strike on Wednesday, demanding more funding for their students and their college. Across the country, the  National Education Union will be taking strike action at another 33 sixth … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland Fair, Purley Oaks Primary, Dec 14

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Woodcote High School Merry Christmas Fair, Nov 23

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School governor using social media to spread race hate

What sort of school could possibly want to have an unapologetic racist on its governing body? GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports that some on the far-right are trying to ‘normalise’ their conduct by infiltrating community organisations Earlier this week, … Continue reading

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South London duo included in England’s World Cup final team

There will be two players in England’s team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final in Japan who learned the game on the playing fields of south London. But when Elliot Daly runs out at Yokohama alongside prop forward Kyle Sinkler … Continue reading

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Dyslexia Exam Access Arrangements, East Croydon, Nov 5

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Howard Primary Christmas Fair, South Croydon, Dec 7

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Wanderers FC Grand Opening, Virgo Fidelis School, Nov 2

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St Giles School open morning, South Croydon, Nov 1

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Croydon High PTA Winter Fair, Selsdon, Nov 23

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Happy’s Circus, Greenvale Primary, Selsdon, Oct 12

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Rent hikes force closure of Crystal Palace independent shops

It is not only in Croydon town centre that big business is contriving to destroy the fabric of the high street. As our retail correspondent MT WALLETTE reports, in Crystal Palace a precious corner of independent stores and old-style character … Continue reading

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