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

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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 

Sep 06


Welcome back
I hope that all members have had a fabulous summer.
If you have changed workplace this year please make sure that you have notified NUT membership on 020 7380 6366
Please approach new staff in your school this week (and next!!) to see if they are members. If they are they should update details on 020 7380 6366
…. if not they can join on 020 7380 6369.
Remember ALL workers in your school can now join the National Education Union.
I am aiming to run two training/catch up sessions for School Reps and those who might be interested in thinking about being a School Rep.
Likely dates (you only need to attend one) are Wednesday 27 September 4pm – 6pm in Harlow and Thursday 5 October 5pm – 7pm in Epping Forest.
At this point can I please just have an indication of interest by return email – – thank you.
All the best – and have a great term
Murray Sackwild
General Secretary/Caseworker – Harlow+Epping Forest NUT Section National Education Union
Deputy General Secretary – Essex NUT Section National Education Union 
Aug 30

Harlow schools celebrate ‘outstanding’ 2017 GCSE results

Harlow students secured top GCSE results against a ‘backdrop of uncertainty’ and confusion surrounding the new marking system.



Head teachers at the town’s six secondary schools spoke positively about their performance today (Thursday, August 24).

This is the first year a revised marking system came into force, with numbers replacing letter grades for English and mathematics.

St Nicholas School

St Nicholas, Hobbs Cross Road, Old Harlow, celebrated “outstanding” results in the first year of head teacher David Brown’s reign.

In total, 93 per cent of students gained at least five A* to C grades, or the equivalent 9 to 4, including mathematics and English, which is the benchmark.

Mr Brown, who took charge last September, said: “I am immensely proud of each and every one of our Year 11 leavers.

“The outstanding results they have achieved this year is testament to the hard work they have put in, the dedication of the teaching faculty and the support of our parents and the wider school community.”

Students at Stewards Academy, Parnall Road, registered “pleasing,” results with 72 per cent passing mathematics and 71 per cent passing English with at least the equivalent of a C.

Hannah Furness, a top performer with ten results of at least an A or equivalent level 7, said: “I am proud of myself for managing the exam process and seeing that my hard work has paid off.”

Head teacher designate Helen Ginger said: “I am delighted to see the hard work of staff and pupils rewarded with very pleasing results.”

St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School

Following on from their A level success last week St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School, Tripton Road, recorded 84 per cent of pupils passing the English benchmark and 70 per cent for mathematics.

Elaine Heaphy, head teacher, said: “Against a backdrop of change and uncertainty, for teachers, pupils and parents, we have maintained some excellent achievements and we are delighted.

“I am delighted that the hard work of our Year 11 pupils and their teachers has been rewarded with these excellent results.

“I am proud of every pupil in accepting and meeting the challenges of these exams.”

Passmores Academy

Passmores Academy, in Tracyes Road, saw 62 per cent of students pass English and 60 per cent in mathematics, in-line with the Government’s target.

Vic Goddard, principal, said: “So much has been said in the press about how hard it is to get the top grades in the new English and mathematics GCSEs.

“It is therefore fantastic that 18 per cent in English and 10 per cent in mathematics got the equivalent of an A or better.”

He added: “There is no doubt those that worked the hardest and took the extensive and amazing opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills got the results they deserved which is how it should be.”

Burnt Mill Academy

There was also success for Burnt Mill Academy, First Avenue, where 79 per cent met the benchmark for mathematics and 73 per cent for English.

John Blaney, head teacher, was proud that 24 per cent of GCSE grades were A* or A while 53 per cent were A* to B.

He said: “I would like to thank all of our students, staff, and parents for their hard work and continued support.

“Staff at Burnt Mill go above and beyond. Our students put in the additional hours and it really does pay off. I am immensely proud of all they have achieved.”

Mark Hall Academy, First Avenue, saw 51 per cent of students reach the benchmark grade for both mathematics and English.

Corinne Franceschi, principal since 2013, said: “Year-on-year, we have seen improvements in our results from what was a severely failing school.

“Staff and students have worked exceptionally hard and we continue to move forward on our upward trajectory of improvement.

“I am delighted that all of our students have secured further education places, training or jobs and that we have helped to secure successful pathways for them all.”


Jan 26



Every year that I write a report I seem to consider how increasingly difficult teaching is becoming. 2016 was no exception. More Government initiatives and targets – more pressure from Essex LA and Academy Chains on Heads leading to more pressure, stress and anxiety for teachers. Little surprise that teachers, young and old, continue to desert the profession in droves. However – Harlow+Epping Forest NUT continues to thrive and our membership is up to 1135. Nationally the big news for us was the result of Special NUT & ATL Conferences which will see a ballot proposing a new (NEU) education union 440,000 strong. This is a very positive move towards a single united Education Union. Huge progress.

Personally a lack of facilities time has continued to make it very difficult to do my NUT roles as well as I’d like. A proposed hosting deal was scuppered by Essex but I have high hopes of a new deal for 2017. In the meantime, I would like to thank Agnes Bishop, Braintree, for picking up all the cases that I could not do. We went through 2016 without an Association President and there are no proposals for a new one for 2017. That’s disappointing – however Anne Adnitt, Liam Manning, Rosie Kelly and Alice Fonda have all helped me keep the Association running effectively. Due to very poor attendance, and a lack of time on my part, we have not been running regular meetings – however I am happy to resurrect meetings in 2017 wherever there is demand – whether that is in Harlow, Epping, Loughton or Chigwell.

I was delighted to represent Eastern England NUT at September TUC Conference. While there I attended the NUT/ATL session where Shadow Education Secretary – Angela Rayner was guest speaker (she also spoke to TUC). Angela is an excellent speaker and the most supportive advocate for NUT policies. Just a shame that new Education Secretary, Justine Greening, does not share her views.

We continue to have a shrinking army of School Reps. Some new Reps have come forward – in some cases people are sharing the role – but overall we continue to have poor coverage in the Association. Trade Unionism is meant to be a bottom up movement – meetings in the workplace can most effectively collectively challenge issues in that workplace. Most Heads actually appreciate a staff representative that can talk on behalf of many teachers – it makes their jobs easier. I will continue to promote and encourage the vital role of School Rep in our workplaces this year.

Conference, at Brighton was well attended with H+E NUT, as usual, taking up our full allocation of delegates with 5 members. Thank you to Lee Pickering, Alice Fonda, Liam Manning and Rosie Kelly for attending, with me, and participating effectively. We were also represented at the Supply Teachers’ and Young Teachers’ Conferences and at the summer National Education Conference. Members are always welcome to attend NUT Conferences – we will always support you. We have also have had a number of members attending NUT courses which was great. Hopefully in 2017 we’ll see further participation and I look forward to the possibility of delegates to LGBT+, Black Teachers’, Disabled Teachers’ and Retired Teachers’ Conferences.

With fewer teachers taking the PGCE route into teaching now recruitment via University has had an obvious dip for the NUT. It is important that new trainees are approached and recruited in schools – not just for numbers but, more importantly, so that support can be given when required and appreciation developed of the value of trade union membership. To this end I’ve been to training bases at Davenant, St John’s Buckhurst Hill and Forest Independent Primary Collegiate since September – all to good effect.

With a few more active members now coming to the fore 2017 looks promising for H+E NUT. Once my facilities day is in place I look forward to visiting members across the Association again. It is vital to remember that a Trade Union is NOT simply an insurance club – the more you put in the more you get out. Let’s build on the successes of 2016 and create a bigger and stronger association in 2017 – which can even more effectively stand up for teachers in the area. Yes – I know that’s the same close as last year … but it’s all still equally true and relevant!!!!