The new West Calder High School has welcomed over 1000 visitors since it opened its doors in June. The visitors have included parents, the community and teaching professionals from across the country. Headteacher Julie Calder gave an enthusiastic update to members of the Fauldhouse and Breich Valley Local Area Committee, and pointed to the input pupils have had in creating the ethos of the vibrant new £32m school - right down to a friendly lion. “They wanted to keep the colours, the red and black, and they wanted to keep the lion in the badge, only make him more friendly,” she said. "The result? A school at the cutting-edge of design, populated by a traditionally uniform-clad body of students - revelling in a space which is transforming the conventions of high school. “It’s been very busy, and an exciting journey,” said Mrs Calder. “It’s a very exciting time with great feedback from pupils and parents.” Read more: Young dancer to … [Read more...] about New £32 million high school welcomes over 1000 visitors from across the country
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0 Post a comment Friday, 26 January 2018 - Local People by Contributor - Supplied Content @tavistocktimes [email protected] RESCUER Nick Clark plays two vital roles in the community — heading Tavistock parish church’s fabric team and finding missing people as a volunteer with Dartmoor Search and Rescue, writes Juliette Bowers. At St Eustachius’ Church, Nick oversees seven volunteers, who turn their hand to everything from clearing leaves from the roof and replacing light bulbs, to erecting Christmas trees for the December festival and the stage for last year’s Passion Play. For greater tasks, such as the re-roofing of the vestry in the spring, they oversee local contractors. Away from the demands of the church, Nick spends many hours each week training with his Collie, Jess, and since qualifying for Dartmoor Search and Rescue two years ago, has attended 58 call-outs. He is also secretary of the team and sometimes his … [Read more...] about ‘Mr Fabric’ comes to the rescue for two big Tavistock community organisations
THE woman who went out of her way to support a seriously injured teenager, the caring, charismatic headteacher and the girl from Norris Green who made a failing school outstanding - they’re among the inspirational teachers honoured by the ECHO’s School Awards. Now we’re on a mission to find more terrific teachers, sensational support staff and super students making their mark in education. Download your entry form here: Has an amazing teacher helped change the life of your child or grandchild? Have you been inspired by one of your teachers? Or is your college tutor a class act who deserves some recognition? It’s time to let us know about your Merseyside school stars and put their name in lights. The award categories & entry criteria are listed below The first winner of the very first School Support Staff of the Year category was Stephanie Carter, sixth form administrator at Belvedere Academy in Toxteth. Judges were told how caring Stephanie went out of her … [Read more...] about ECHO Schools Awards 2018: Let’s find the inspiring, caring and achieving heroes in our classrooms!
Academy trusts are paying bosses more than £150,000 at a time when individual schools face funding cuts and staff redundancies, it has been revealed. Vital resources and funding needs to be focused on teaching and learning rather than on the salaries of multi-academy trust CEOs, delegates at the ATL-section of the National Education Union (NEU) were told. Anne Barker, a teacher from West Sussex, told the conference that Thomas Bennett Community College, in Crawley, part of the the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), was facing £1m of cuts to its school budget. Read more Academy trusts pay 'unjustifiably' high salaries to bosses, MPs warn Thirty-five jobs could be lost and 78 members of staff are facing cuts to pay or hours, Ms Barker claimed. And yet, Karen Roberts, the CEO of TKAT, which runs the secondary school in Crawley, was given a 7 per cent pay rise last year - increasing her salary from £154,000 to £165,000. “If the cuts … [Read more...] about Academy trust bosses paid £200k as schools face funding cuts and redundancies
These are the local schools achieving top results for their pupils - and those who need to do better. Ofsted inspectors are constantly visiting schools across the North East , with results announced on a rolling schedule throughout the year. Each month, we’ll be updating this page with the results of each school whose inspection result was published in that month, along with a short summary of what the experts had to say. We’ll include reports which assign new grades (or confirm previous grades) to mainstream state schools in Newcastle, Gateshead, County Durham, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Northumberland. May Outstanding There were no new ratings of ‘Outstanding’ for mainstream state schools in May. Good White Mere Community Primary School, Gateshead: “I observed happy, content and friendly faces throughout the school”, an inspector said, praising head Christopher Boddy for making improvements to the quality of teaching and for … [Read more...] about The latest Ofsted results for North East schools