National School Meals Week

Monday, November 12, 2018 Editor 0

  Between the 12-16 of November hundreds of schools across England will be taking part in National School Meals Week – the biggest healthy eating awareness week for children. The free school meals programme was introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government. With £1.2billion given each year and £150million for […]

Advent Day 18 – Headmaster fears Lack of School Places

Monday, December 18, 2017 Editor 0

Todays Echo reports that the Headmaster of a local primary school has concerns about oversubscription. A HEADTEACHER has said that Rayleigh schools are fighting to combat oversubscription in the town. Peter Malcolm, headteacher at Rayleigh Primary School in Love Lane, told the Echo that oversubscription is an issue all schools in the […]

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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Downhall Under Fives

Monday, March 17, 2008 admin 71

Downhall Under Fives planning application to return to their old site behind Ferndale Road comes before the District Council committee on March 27th – and it’s recommended for refusal. You can download the full agenda here, but here are the officers reasons: It is proposed that this Committee RESOLVES to […]

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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 […]