THEY also check for the effectiveness of teacher’s marking, which remains inconsistent. The leader for literacy has noted that in some classes pupils do not have enough opportunities to develop their writing skills. Teachers’ expectations of the amount of writing pupils will complete in their lessons are not always high enough. The scrutiny of pupils’ mathematics work showed that some of it is not challenging enough for the more able pupils.
PARENTS of children who will be going to school for the first time next September, are being reminded to make sure they register in time. Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, says he visited a number of primary schools in recent weeks and was reminded that parents must make sure they register before the deadline.
EARLIER this term Woodside won the Thurrock Bike It challenge and in order to keep his promise of cycling a mile for every child’s bike or scooter journey Tim had to cycle to Brighton and back twice. On her own initiative last week a Woodside pupil raised over £50 with a sponsored bike ride to add to the academy’s £750 for Children in Need raised by a cake sale.
CLLR Kent said: “The council’s education team, Gateway Academy and Manor’s head and governing body have come up with a scheme which should solve the short-term places issue and keep both Manor and the free school viable. “We’re not sure if this sort of thing has been tried elsewhere, but as far as I can see, it is a win-win for everybody involved – schools, parents and most importantly, the children themselves.”
A STANFORD-LE-HOPE parent is angry that their daughter was asked to take their poppy off for a school photograph. Tony Bentham’s daughter is in year 6 at St Joseph’s RC primary on Southend Road. The class were set to have their photograph taken but before they were going to be snapped, their teacher asked them all to remove the poppies.
WOODSIDE Academy produced two remarkable performances at the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Thameside Theatre. The students were not over-awed by the other schools that were there. On the contrary, they produced two sparkling performances. The first performance was Romeo and Juliet followed by Macbeth. Both performances were a success because they were so well […]
ON Thursday 7Th November pupils at Woodside Academy are performing at the Thameside Theatre Grays as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival. The nationwide festival gives young people the opportunity to work with professionals in the arts and perform live theatre. Woodside has two classes in year 5 taking part performing an african themed Macbeth and a modern day Romeo and Juliet.
YOU have quickly made changes to the way that teachers plan and deliver lessons, and the way they mark pupils’ work. This has improved teaching in some classes but there is still a great deal more to do. Too much teaching is inadequate and some teachers are not responding quickly enough to your higher expectations. For example, teachers’ marking of pupils’ work is patchy across the school. Pupils get clear guidance about to how to improve their work in some classes, while in others the marking is brief and infrequent.
WOODSIDE Academy, Grays topped the table totting up 355 bike and 152 scooter journeys to school over the week, a massive boost to normal numbers. Tim is doing his best to match the distance and has had to split the ride to match Woodside’s amazing cycling total that would have wiped him out in one go! So far he has notched up 160 miles in one ride and is planning a 200 mile ride around the east of England, ending in Thurrock to finish the challenge.
RECENTLY, year 5 students at Benyon primary in South Ockendon held a “Great Inventions Exhibition”. They have been studying progress through the ages, especially victorian inventors in their IPC unit: Robert Stephenson, Thomas Edison, Michael Faraday, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Alexander Bell.
STUDENTS from across Thurrock attended demonstrations by dancers from The Royal Ballet on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October. The demonstrations were part of one of the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programme, Chance to Dance.
WITH THE sun breaking through on a lovely late September day, why not take the chance to go to the Arthur Bugler Autumn fete. The fete is at St James Ave East in Stanford-le-Hope between noon and 4pm.
OFSTED inspectors have acknowledged the hard work of Manor School’s former head teacher Alex Seaford in smoothing the amalgamation of the nursery and infant and junior schools in 2011. But July’s inspection – released this week – says the school is judged to require special measures.
MANOR Primary School in Dickens Avenue, Tilbury has a new interim head teacher. Alex Seaford announced her resignation at the start of the summer holidays and Thurrock Council has worked quickly to find an interim replacement.
WHEN LANSDOWNE ACADEMY student, Enya McCarthy received a few sunflower seeds at school, she was determined to see if they would grow.
So, Enya went home to Linford and showed her mother Dena.
FUNDING for pre-school education is now on offer in Thurrock, with the ‘two-year-old early years entitlement’ which provides free high-quality early education and childcare for children whose parents or carers are on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits.
KENNINGTONS primary academy sports day made national headlines last month after the Aveley school decided to ban parents from sports day as it was a “very stressful occasion”. But we are glad to report that the sports day has, according to sources, taken place without incident.
CHILDREN from Lansdowne Primary, Herringham Primary and Gateway Free School in Thurrock will play the animals rescued by Noah in a performance of Noye’s Fludde at the London Cruise Terminal on Wednesday 17 July. They will join children from St Mary’s Church of England Primary, St George’s Primary, Temple Sutton Primary and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary and Kingsdown School in Southend-on-Sea. They will all travel on to London for a final performance in the splendour of Southwark Cathedral.
THEY are usually quite lucky with the weather and this weekend was no exception. Hundreds flocked to the Harris Primary Academy in Mayflower Road to enjoy a host of activities.The dog show was a particular favourite but most people were happy and content to sit out and enjoy the summer weather (while it lasted).
“The acting headteacher is monitoring teaching and learning more rigorously and using a range of evidence to gain a view of teaching over time. This includes evidence from lesson observations, pupils’ progress data and evidence from the scrutiny of pupils’ work. This is an appropriate approach to ensure that teachers are held to account for the progress of all pupils. However sometimes judgements about the quality of teaching in lesson observations are too generous when pupils’ progress is not given a high enough priority.
Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, speaking on Monday (24 June) when the report was published, said: “As a school governor myself, I know the frustrations schools face once they have been almost ridiculed as inadequate or, as most people say, ‘failing’.
QUARRY HILL primary continues to find itself under pressure after the government watchdog Ofsted delivered a highly critical report. The school is similar to its neighbouring senior school, Grays School, in that it appears to have crawled out of special measures but continues to, in football parlance, hover above the relegation zone, with a succession of “Requires Improvement” judgments.
YOU must remember your sports day? Do you now sit at the end of a bar, nursing a whisky, saying to yourself: “I should have won that egg and spoon race in 1976 but it was the pressure: the baying crowd, the press conferences, the lights.” Or maybe it was that you felt that you were the weakest link in the three legged race or you dropped that egg at the vital point as flashbulbs popped.
There are also some great prizes to be won. Spur Steak & Grill is sponsoring a kids colouring competition, offering a first prize of a Nintendo Wii. Fantastic raffle prizes have been generously donated by other local stores and businesses, including products from Lush Lakeside, food vouchers from both Spur Steak & Grill and Oriental Pan Asian Restaurant, Vue cinema tickets and Partyman World family tickets.