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Two “unsung heroes” have retired after more than 30 years working as school cleaners. Gwen Turner, 70, and Eva Edwards, 76, were praised during a leaving ceremony at Chingford Foundation School. Grandmother-of-three Mrs Turner said she took on the job for “something to do” when her son Peter had grown up and never expected to stay 38 years. She said: "The caretaker who was the boss back then started putting the feelers out and my mum got me the job. My son had grown up and I was lost for something to do. I never had to work before. It started at 10 hours a week and...Read more
A School Caretaker caught stealing more than £1,800 of stationery and selling it on eBay has been told he will have to pay back the money. Alan John Randell – or ‘BigAl66’ as he was known on the internet trading site – also sold items of PE equipment and clothing online for around six months before John Beddoes School’s head realised and reported him. Randell, 47, of Orchard Close, Presteigne, had been a big figure in the community – and was chairman of the local football club when he began stealing the items in November 2013. You can read the full story about this School...Read more
The Deputy Prime Minster is kicking off a week of celebrations to highlight just how far school meals have come since the days of lukewarm liver and bacon and lumpy banana custard. As part of National School Meals Week (3 to 7 November 2014), a host of celebrity chefs are joining forces with school cooks to promote the great school lunch. It comes just months after the launch of free school meals for 2.8 million primary school children and the introduction of cooking on the curriculum. On Monday, the Deputy Prime Minister will be joining school children at Brasserie Blanc...Read more
A loyal School Caretaker who plays a matriarchal role at her school celebrated 40 years of service when staff put on a surprise party. Beryl Wilkinson, 71, had no idea that her family, friends and even old classmates had been invited along to Rettendon Primary School to mark the occasion. The party came as a total shock to Beryl, who lives in a bungalow opposite the school grounds. "I genuinely had no idea about anything beforehand," she laughed. "The school put on a big celebratory tea for me, with a big 40 cake, scones and sandwiches." Even the Mayor of Chelmsford, Bob Villa, and his...Read more
Commenting on the National Audit Office’s findings about oversight and intervention of academies and maintained schools, and the Department for Education’s monitoring, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers said “The National Audit Office’s findings are a damning verdict on a Government obsessed with change for change’s sake and poor on accountability. This goes straight to the heart of the Department for Education’s failure to recognise the vital role local authorities can play in intervening early and collegiately with schools. The Government’s evidence-base...Read more
Actually, this is a pretty good video. Budding actors proved they were Kings of the Road when they took over East Sussex Highways for the day. Their efforts can be seen on screen in a new film promoting the work of the county council’s highways department. In the film, It’s No Small Job, schoolchildren play the part of council staff including head of highways Roger Williams and road workers. “We wanted to do something different to promote the work of the highways service,” said Roger at the film’s premiere at County Hall on Thursday, October 23. “The film is fantastic and a...Read more