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The Downs Primary School and Nursery

I can’t believe it was a year ago that I first wrote in the Netteswell Neighbour introducing myself as the new Headteacher of The Downs Primary School and Nursery. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year at the school and have been made to feel very much at home by parents, children and many friends who live in the community. At the beginning of September we were delighted to move into the new extension

for the school. The school hasn’t just been improved with the new extension; much of the old building of the school has been modernised with a wonderful new library and

food technology room being included; the two temporary classrooms have been removed providing large, open play spaces for children. A beautifully turfed field has replaced the rather unsightly mud at the entrance of the school; a new path joins the school with Greenhills allowing for an alternative entrance for parents to use and there is a drop-off and turning area for vehicles. Our local MP Robert Halfon visited the school on Friday 3rd October to officially open the building, planting a new tree at the entrance to mark the new era for the school. We are extremely proud of how much improvement has been made to our school and hope it will provide first-class education for many years to come for the local community. It’s not just the school buildings that have improved over the past year. We were very pleased

with the results achieved by our pupils in July. Key Stage 2 results are the best the school has ever achieved. We are especially pleased with how we have closed the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. This is down to the hard work of all the staff in the school and the determination of the children to

do well. We are very proud of what has been achieved. This year the school is working on four key

areas: Building on high expectations to further improve outcomes for all pupils; Develop assessment systems; Strengthen and support teaching, learning and behaviour; Promote British Values. Our involvement in the local community is key to promoting British Values and already we have supported events in Harlow joining in with the soldier march through the town centre just before the half term holiday. We are once again sending some carol singers to the Leah Manning Centre for their Winter Health Fare event. Should you have any questions about

The Downs Primary School and Nursery or would like to arrange a visit to have a look around our new buildings and improvements, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Liz Gelston – Headteacher

Sir Charles Kao University Technical College In September we were joined by another two year groups, bringing us to full capacity (14 years old through to 19). Already we have seen great achievements from the students who joined us, and we look forward to seeing their progress throughout their time here. If you know a student with a passion for science, mathematics,

technology or engineering and would like to find out more about Sir Charles Kao UTC, we would love to welcome them at our next open evening on 10th February 2016 from 5.30pm.

We are Award Winning – SCK UTC awarded the Heart4Harlow Community Award for Education At the H4H Award Ceremony in the Manor of Groves Hotel, SCK UTC were among 24 winners

recognised for their contribution to Harlow in the spheres of business, education, charities and more. In addition, we are proud to announce that Sarah Horgan in Year 11 has been nominated for a

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WISE) national award. Sarah is the youngest nominee of a shortlist of over 250 nominations.

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