Sep 29

Parents are still fighting to stop Net Academies Trust take over Waltham Holy Cross

Parents are still fighting to stop Net Academies Trust take over Waltham Holy Cross

Parents and campaigners are angry about a recent bad Ofsted report and the threat of Waltham Holy Cross school becoming an academy. Waltham Abbey. Essex.

Parents and campaigners are angry about a recent bad Ofsted report and the threat of Waltham Holy Cross school becoming an academy. Waltham Abbey. Essex.

Parents fighting to stop their children’s school becoming an academy have launched a petition as their campaign rumbles on.

In December last year Waltham Holy Cross primary was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, the poor rating meaning the Waltham Abbey based school would have to become an academy.

In the months after it was announced Net Academies Trust would run the school in May, supporters of headteacher Erica Barnet, and the reforms she has brought in since former trust operators Lilac Sky left several years, have fought hard to have the Ofsted judgement and academisation order overturned.

Parent Shaunagh-Rose Roberts has been lobbying to this effect, pushing Essex County Council and Ofsted to clarify their decision making processes, whipping the academy opponents into shape and now launching a petition urging another inspection take place before academisation.

She said: “I remember being excited about the future of the school and feeling safe in the knowledge that my children’s education would be focused on curiosity, confidence building, nurturing individual talents and embracing creativity.

“We, along with hundreds of other parents, have seen the evidence of these values and principles every day.

“We see the happiness, joy and progress in our children every day.

“And we see the excitement, enthusiasm & eagerness to learn every morning

“There’s a good chance that everything we love and cherish about the school today will be forced to change.”

Murray Sackwild, general secretary of the National Education Union, met with the school’s teachers last week and heard how some feared being part of a large education trust.

He said: “They have no desire to have a different working day and year imposed on them, be forced to participate in meetings in Harlow and teach the same lessons at the same times, with exactly the same content, as teachers at Harlow NET schools.

“They see this erosion of their professionalism as detrimental to the needs of the children at Waltham Holy Cross.

“The National Education Union supports the teachers, support staff, parents and children at Waltham Holy Cross.

“They are united in their desire to deliver an outstanding education and meet the specific needs of young people in the area – working together in a wholly supportive environment.”

An Ofsted spokesperson has previously refused to say whether the governmental body would consider re-inspecting the school, but argued it was ‘confident’ the report was an ‘accurate reflection of the school’.

To sign the petition go to

Note: I think they meant “General Secretary of Harlow+Epping Forest NEU”


Sep 06


Joint NUT/ATL training weekend  Marks Tey Hotel Saturday 17 -18 November 2018.
It has been agreed to hold a joint two day training weekend with ATL on Saturday and Sunday 17 & 18 November at the Marks Tey Hotel , Marks Tey, Nr Colchester
The weekend has been agreed to be part of the launch of the fully integrated NEU from 1 January 19
The programme start at 10.15 on Saturday with a keynote presentation by NEU joint General Secretary Mary Bousted and concludes on Sunday with lunch
A varied and interesting programmes is being planned including valuable organising sessions as well as a CPD session on Voice Training for teachers
For participants from *Essex Local Associations all the conference costs except travel will be covered by Essex Division NUT. This includes overnight accommodation, all meals, tea and coffee.
It is very much hoped that Local Associations will identify 3/4 delegates with, if possible, half coming from young or more recently active members
Please let me have the names and email addresses of those who will be coming from your Association by no later than Monday 1 October
Jerry Glazier
General Secretary NEU Essex Division NUT Section
Dec 10


The Essex Schools closed Monday December 11 so far:

The full list as of 9pm.

Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School,

Brentwood, CM14 4EX

Burnham on Crouch Primary School,

Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8LG

Doddinghurst Infant School,

Brentwood, CM15 0NJ

Doddinghurst Church of England,

Brentwood, CM15 0NJ

Grove House School,

Brentwood, CM15 9DA

High Ongar Primary School

High Ongar, CM5 9NB

Holly Trees Primary School,

Brentwood, CM14 5RY

Kelvedon Hatch Community Primary School,

Brentwood, CM5 0DH

Larchwood Primary School,

Brentwood, CM15 9NG

Long Ridings Primary School,

Brentwood, CM13 1DU

Moreton Church of England Primary,

Ongar, CM5 0JD

Mountnessing Church of England,

Brentwood, CM15 0UH

Sent in by Arline Sloan

Plume School,

Maldon, CM9 6AB

Shenfield High School,

Brentwood, CM15 8RY

St Helen’s Catholic Junior School Academy,

Brentwood, CM15 9BY

St John Fisher Catholic Primary School,

Loughton, IG10 2DY,

St Thomas of Cantebury Church of England,

Brentwood, CM12 9LH

The Ongar Academy,

Ongar, CM5 0AN

Schools with shorter opening hours due to the snow:

The Boswell’s Academy


The school announced on its website that it will be open 10am to 2:45pm.

On their website, it states: “There will be no clubs before and after school and there will only be a very limited food service at the break. Please be advised that we will be relaxing our rules regarding footwear and students should wear footwear that is appropriate to the snowy/icy conditions. Students should stick to the treated pathways on site and take care on the journey to and from school.”

Moulsham High School delayed start

Moulsham High School have announced a delayed start to the day, students asked to arrive at 9:55am, but staff will be in at normal time.

Students will start their day at 9:55am, and finish at 3:25pm.


Snow In Essex

  • A12 gridlocked
  • Have the roads been gritted?
  • Lorries trapped by snow
  • When will it stop snowing?
  • Road closures
  • Shopping centre shut
  • Should you drive with snow on your car?
  • Forecast

The school has also said the Year 11 Art exams will start later too, but have not given an update on whether the exam will finish an hour later, but promise no child will be at a disadvantage.

Chelmer Valley High announces late start

Chelmer Valley High will be open tomorrow, but it will have a late start following the bad weather.

The structure of the day will start at 10:30am and the school day will end at 3pm.

Sep 22


The amalgamation of NUT and ATL in the new National Education Union gives teachers and education colleagues a fabulous opportunity to campaign in their schools against the less appealing aspects of our great jobs.
Nationally the NEU can talk to education ministers & the DfE and create policy, Regionally and Locally we can support members – but it is in YOUR schools, where YOUand fellow members have unique knowledge of the issues in YOUR school, academy or MAT, where YOU can make a real difference.
Some schools treated their staff fantastically. Does YOURS?
By effectively organising we can persuade the leadership of ALL schools in the area to provide a better working experience for teachers and co-workers.
YOUR school currently has NO School Rep or Reps. No ear on the ground, no-one recruiting or maintaining an NEU noticeboard.
Please attend one of the two Organising/Training Meetings that I am holding over the next couple of weeks. No obligation! If you attend but don’t want to be a Rep you won’t be forced/coerced into it. Just come along, learn and discuss.
Next Wednesday 27 September – Harlow Study Centre – 4.15 to 6pm
Thursday 5 October – White Bridge Primary, Loughton – 4.15 to 6pm.
If there are issues at your school YOU need to be there.
All the very best
Murray Sackwild
General Secretary/Caseworker – Harlow+Epping Forest NUT Section National Education Union
Deputy General Secretary – Essex NUT Section National Education Union