Sixth Form Application

Friday, September 16, 2016 admin 0

Sweyne Park School have just submitted what is a significant application for them – for a permanent two-storey sixth form building. You can find the application here.

Congratulations To Barbara Wilkins BEM !

Saturday, January 2, 2016 admin 0

District Councillor Barbara Wilkins has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the latest New Year’s Honours List – not for her council work, but for services to education : Mrs Wilkins is regarded with affection in the council, not least for extolling the virtues of Great Wakering whenever possible! […]

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The Pupil Premium

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 admin 0

Sereena Davey writes: If ever there were a lesson on the virtues of patience it would be the journey of the Pupil Premium…! When I worked in Parliament from 1999-2001 as an education specialist, I worked on a pamphlet with the (then) Education Spokesman Phil Willis MP, and a (then) […]

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Want To Learn About Computers?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 admin 0

Someone suggested we should mention a course you can take at Rayleigh Library called “Learn My Way”. It’s run over 6 weeks, on a Monday and a Wednesday at Rayleigh Library ( We think it also runs at other libraries but don’t have any details ) Starts at 9.30am, runs […]

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Michael Hoy Starts Campaign Against School Bus Ruling

Saturday, September 27, 2014 admin 3

Councillor Michael Hoy writes here about a new County Council policy: “With effect from September 2015 Essex County Council have changed the policy on Home to School Transport for new pupils meaning parents or carers will have to pay themselves if their children go to Sweyne-Park School even though they may […]

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Amenity Space Saved, Wakering Development Squeaks Through……

Thursday, September 25, 2014 admin 1

At tonight’s meeting of the Development Committee: The outline  application for 6 dwellings on the amenity space at Brocksford Avenue was refused by an overwhelming vote of councillors. Refusal was moved by  Ian  Ward and seconded by Heather Glynn. This pleased the public gallery, which was packed with concerned residents. […]

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The Education Situation

Friday, April 25, 2014 admin 7

We’ve been enquiring into the situation with primary school places in Rayleigh – why Essex County Council were originally asking for a new primary school “North of London Road”, and now they’re not. It seems that on the basis of a planning application for 475 homes , ECC don’t believe […]

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Primary School Places: How To Challenge A Decision

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 admin 0

From the Guardian today: The parents of thousands of children will learn on Wednesday that they have not been allocated their first choice of primary school. If you are one of them, it is possible to challenge the decision. Here is what you can do: • Make sure you respond […]

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Threat To Some School Crossing Patrols

Sunday, March 16, 2014 admin 0

Have you heard about the Consultation on the County Council website about removing school crossing patrols where there is a pedestrian crossing, unless the school is willing to pay for it?! You can find it here. School Crossing Patrols Consultation Essex County Council (ECC) is facing a £235m shortfall over […]

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Schools Holidays Petition … And Flood Prevention Funds

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 admin 5

The “A Green Read” website , run by Councillor Michael Hoy, has had a lot of new stuff recently, including Hullbridge Woman to have her petition debated in Parliament. Donna Thresher started her Government e-petition back in March 2013 with the simple statement. “Stop Holiday companies charging extra in school […]

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A Shock For Deanes School

Sunday, May 26, 2013 admin 0

The Headmaster of Deanes School in Thundersley wrote on the school website yesterday: Important letter from the headteacher Dear Parents/Carers, Pupils, Staff and Friends of The Deanes School, It is with absolute shock that we learned late yesterday evening of the County Council’s proposal to consult with the local community on […]