Education

Why lateral flow (rapid) testing may not be beneficial to schools

Schools are currently in a state of limbo in how lateral flow testing will be implemented within schools. The idea, in principle, is to reduce Covid-19 infection rates, but there does seem to be flaws in how well it will work and the problems it will create for a school. Lateral flow testing can provide a result in less than an hour, as they don’t required a sample to be sent away to a laboratory. On the 15 December 2020, the Government said from January, all secondary schools will have access to lateral flow testing: Statement from the Government: Students
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8 redundancies at the Pupil Referral Service (Grove Academy) in Harrogate

Cuts to a Harrogate special school finally bite this Christmas with a 8 redundancies. The Alternative provision, Springwell Harrogate, known better to the local community as the Grove Academy Pupil Referral Service, will keep its doors open but will be forced to operate on less than half its previous budget. The school in Harrogate provides education for pupils who struggle in the mainstream classroom. Most pupils have special educational needs and often very complex emotional needs. The school has remained “Outstanding” in 4 consecutive OFTSED inspections but the speed and severity of the cuts proposed meant that last Christmas there
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Willow Tree Primary School virtual open morning – 10am Tuesday 8 December 2020

Willow Tree Primary School are holding a virtual open morning on Tuesday 8th December at 10am for parents or carers who are looking for a Reception or Nursery place for September 2021. It’s a great opportunity to hear about Willow Tree Primary School from staff, current parents and children. It will also give you chance to meet with Headteacher Mrs Davey. To book, please call 01423 883551 or email the school office – admin@willowtree.n-yorks.sch.uk by Monday 7 December and they will provide full details of how you can join this event. If you’re unable to attend, Willow Tree are also
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Schools celebrate success in Healthy Schools Award scheme

Schools across North Yorkshire are celebrating success this week in improving the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff. Fifty-one schools are part of a virtual celebration online, because of Covid-19 restrictions, from Thursday, 12 November, after gaining awards through the Healthy Schools programme. The celebration will be at www.healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org Awarded schools have been invited to participate by posting quotes, photos and videos to share their achievements. In total, 22 schools achieved a Bronze award, 20 achieved Silver and nine achieved the highest level Gold award. Award winners include primary and secondary schools, as well as nurseries, pupil referral units
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Braving the cameras for live-streamed Open Day

Rossett School teachers braved the live-to-camera experience recently as the school broadcast its open day in real time. With Covid restrictions putting a stop to traditional open days where schools welcome prospective students through their doors, many have organised pre-recorded virtual tours and presentations to give a flavour of what they offer. But Rossett School decided to go one step further and present their open day via a live stream event on Saturday morning. The hour-and-a-half broadcast included a welcome and presentation from Hannah Grabham, Director of Learning for Year 7, along with a Q&A session with three students from
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Re-opening of Harrogate Grammar School

Harrogate Grammar School will reopen to staff on Monday 7 September for training purposes after which the return of students will be phased. On the 8 September, Year 7 and Year 12 students who are new to Harrogate Grammar School will come into school for an induction day. The following day, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and all Year 12 will start the term with all year groups returning on 10 September. Neil Renton, Headteacher for Harrogate Grammar School, said: Over the busy summer period, we have worked closely with the RKLT (Red Kite Learning Trust), our
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Ripon Grammar School GCSE results – individual stories

Champion fencer scores top marks in GCSEs A CHAMPION fencing athlete is also making his mark in the world of academia after scoring top grades in his GCSEs. Ripon Grammar school boarding student Joel Wilson, from Gainford, near Darlington, was awarded three grade 9s and eight grade 8s, the equivalent to a clean sweep of A*s. As a rising star in one of the most technical and tactical sports around, Joel has represented the North-East in national championships and had to juggle demanding training commitments with his studies. Joel, who turned 16 in July, will now take A-levels in psychology,
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Rossett students celebrate achievements

Students at Rossett School in Harrogate are celebrating their achievements and planning for the future after receiving their A-level and post-16 results. Headteacher Helen Woodcock said the school was “extremely proud” of each and every student, and that the result of their hard work was evident in the number of students who had secured their offers at University, FE, apprenticeships and in the world of work. She said: “Results day has been all about our individual students and securing their progression routes for next year. It has been a joyful day with the school open to young people and their
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Most students have secured their University places say St Aidan’s & St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form

Students from the Associated Sixth Form have emerged from a uniquely challenging year with an impressive set of results in A Level and Level 3 Applied General qualifications. Despite alterations to a significant number of the grades, conscientiously submitted by teachers in the Association More than 500 results were adjusted, amounting to 38% of the total number of grades. Most students aiming for university have still been able to secure places at institutions of their choice, including those applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry and those holding offers for Oxford and Cambridge universities. A spokesperson for the Associated Sixth
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Harrogate Grammar School say farewell to legend that is Roy Mackay

Roy has dedicated years to teaching and coaching thousands of children sport, he is held in the highest regard by all that know him. Roy has taught and coached many sports for 41 years, including tennis, table tennis and rugby at clubs around North Yorkshire, from junior through to senior level, from recreational to National levels. For 32 of those years, Roy has been a PE teacher at Harrogate Grammar School. He has recently been awarded the highly prestigious ERFSU Services to Schools’ Rugby Award and been nominated as a Mitsubishi Motors Valued Volunteer with Yorkshire Rugby Football Union. Both
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