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Headship for Mark Hall Academy's
- 2nd July 2015
THE current Associate Principal of Mark
Hall Academy in Harlow has been appointed as the
new headteacher of Epping St John's
Allan Osborne, who has previously served in a
number of senior management roles in schools
across London and Essex, will take up his new
position in January.
In the meantime Chris Seward, headteacher at
Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, will
take on the role of executive headteacher while
continuing his role at Davenant.
The changes have been necessary after current
Epping St John's headteacher George Yerosimou
announced that he would be retiring, on July 17,
after 15 years at St John's, eight of which have
been as headteacher.
In a letter to parents, chairman of governors
Ben Murphy said the appointment had followed a
"nationwide search" for a new
A number of candidates visited the school in May
and a strong pool of high calibre applications
were received at the beginning of June.
Governors then shortlisted six candidates for a
Mr Murphy said Mr Osborne is "extremely
focused on building upon the legacy Mr Yerosimou
leaves behind and taking the school on a
'Journey to Outstanding'.
The appointment of Mr Seward as executive
headteacher has been necessary, Mr Murphy said,
because of the standard notice periods required
for headteachers. Mr Osborne will join Epping St
John's on January 4.
The Governing Body has been working with the
Local Education Authority and Diocese of
Chelmsford to recruit an interim leader from
September 1 until December 31.
Mr Murphy said Mr Seward, who has been
headteacher at Davenant since 2001, is highly
experienced and a National Leader of
Davenant is an Ofsted “outstanding” school,
a National Teaching School and has a strong
Christian foundation, Mr Murphy said.
He added: "Mr Seward has agreed to spend a
majority of his time at Epping St John's School
but will continue as headteacher of Davenant."
Lego helps children interact
- 2nd July 2015
A HARLOW school is using Lego to help its
Freshwaters Primary Academy pupils, in groups of
three, take on roles of architect, builder and
supplier. Once the architect has designed a
building they must use their communication
skills to describe their plans to the builder
who must then use their listening skills before
establishing what materials - Lego bricks - they
will need and put in their order with the
Once they have completed this process, they
switch roles and learn to understand the
challenges other people face.
Head of School Marios Solomonides said: “These
sessions teach the children to listen and
understand, to tolerate each other when the
situation gets frustrating, to take their time
to explain themselves clearly and to realise
what it’s like to be in someone else’s
Lego Therapy is seen as a successful
intervention tool for children with autism but
Freshwaters is using the programme to benefit
many of its pupils.
Mr Solomonides said: “We were invited to
complete the training and our special
educational needs learning assistant, Humera
Hamid, was keen to go along.
"Before the course she had already
researched the idea and put it into action the
day after her training was completed.
“Through Humera’s work we have found Lego
therapy challenges all children and helps them
with their speech and language skills as well as
helping them socially.
"Some traditional interventions based on
English and maths can make the children feel
like they have failed. This feels like a reward
which is fun but they are learning so much at
the same time. They don’t realise it but they
are learning and using methods which will help
with their maths and English.
"It will enable them to more easily access
other areas of the curriculum.
“I am very excited about this - it is a
The school is looking for donations of Lego.
Anyone who can help can email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
MP welcomes airports' report
- 2nd July 2015
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the
recommendations of a report looking into the
expansion of London’s airports.
Responding to the Davies Commission report, Mr
Halfon said: "I’m glad that the
recommendation does not call for a second runway
at Stansted but instead supports strengthening
the existing capacity of the airport.
“I also welcome the recognition of investment
by the Manchester Airports Group. With over 17
million people using Stansted every year,
strengthening the existing capacity at Stansted
is vital to ensure a better service for
The report acknowledges “the renewed focus on
the needs of airport users travelling by rail to
Stansted, and to Southend, in the consultation
on the West Anglia Route Study” as part of a
wider £80m investment in Stansted
Mr Halfon said: "I will be meeting with
Abellio and Network Rail in the coming days as
well as urging the government to support this
"Stansted is the third busiest airport in
London and the fourth busiest in the UK,
contributing over £400m a year to the UK
"I welcome any extra investment into
Stansted and I pay tribute to the ongoing work
that Manchester Airports Group are doing in
making the case for a better Stansted."
Charities to benefit from sponsored
- 2nd July 2015
A SPONSORED walk along the River Stort is
being held by local Rotary clubs on Sunday, July
Walkers can set off from The Moorhen, Harlow, or
Pig Lane, Bishop's Stortford, from 10am (with
variable starting times until midday).
The finishing point is Pishiobury Park,
Sawbridgeworth, where there will be
refreshments, entertainment, a beer tent and
children's activities, plus a picnic area.
The cost to take part is £10 for adults
(children aged 16 and under are free if with an
The entry fees will go to St Clare
Entrants can be sponsored for the hospice or any
other charity, of their choice, including the
Rotary Club’s Trust Funds.
Entrants can register via the St Clare Hospice website.
Full joining instructions will be issued.
For more information, ring event organiser John
Crowther on 01279 832580 or email email@example.com,
or ring Don Cramphorn on 01279 731312 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).