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10 Jan 2018

East London Independent School celebrate Christmas with Stratford Marsh and Custom House pupils

East London Independent School pupils from both Stratford Marsh and Custom House schools celebrated Christmas by attending a joint Christmas lunch at Custom House on December 19. Said Head Teacher Gareth Jones: “We have gradually been creating more opportunities for the two student groups to mix together, and following a successful joint breakfast on 8 December, we held a joint Christmas lunch which is making my mouth water as I write! We are also now holding our end of week Celebration Assemblies as a whole school event and it was great last week to watch how the students supported and applauded one another as the many certificates were given out.”

The Christmas lunch proved a great success; below you can see how beautifully the hall was decorated and the tasty lunch which was enjoyed by all.



10 Jan 2018

Building update: Stratford Marsh school

10 January: The photos below show how smart the new school building at East London Independent School’s Stratford Marsh site is looking! The building’s exterior has been completed; now begins the task of receiving ash for building the ceiling, which is used for the slatted timber to aid with acoustics. The flooring is still to be completed.

Work is set for completion around spring this year, when Stratford Marsh pupils will be moved back into the school from their temporary residence at Custom House.

08 Dec 2017

President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago visits NWLIS

President Carmona with members of the Student Council. Photo courtesy of David Christopher Photography

Thursday 7 December was a truly exceptional day for pupils and staff at North West London Independent School. Having attended a United Nations Environmental Conference in Nairobi, His Excellency Justice Anthony Carmona, 5th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, flew to Heathrow, arriving at the school within hours of touchdown.

The visit marked the first of its kind for North West London Independent School, as well as the first visit to a British school made by the President in his role. Said Co-Head Teachers Kevin Parker and Katrina Medley, “His Excellency spoke with wisdom from a lifetime of leadership and vision and our pupils responded with active listening and questions that were challenging, intelligent and maturely crafted.
President of the Student Council Hussein stood proudly alongside President Carmona both literally for the photo shoot and metaphorically, in his maturity as an ambassador for our school. Pride fills the hearts of our staff when we think what was achieved today. We are honoured by the visit of His Excellency and thrilled at the thoughts and gifts he shared with our pupils and staff.”

President Carmona was welcomed to the school by staff, pupils, parents, neighbours (including the reggae singer and Trinidad and Tobago National Kojo Rigault, who was proud to show the President a newsletter from the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission that featured both himself and the President) and CEO and Schools’ Proprietor Thomas Keaney.

The strong community spirit was evident throughout the event, with the President shaking hands with everyone, from parent to local shopkeeper, while emphasising the importance of community. He talked to his audience of Student Council representatives about connectivity within the school community, in particular the relevance of education to young people and the creation of ‘world citizens.’  Explained the President, “mentorship must come from parents, and teachers should support this, not be relied on to take responsibility. One hand does not clap – it takes two.”

Full article to follow shortly…

08 Dec 2017

EFS School create masterpiece for Arts Week

Pupils at Essex Fresh Start School in Clacton have created a masterpiece for this week’s Art’s Week. With the theme of ‘Our Country with Pride,’ this poster was the culmination of collaborative work created by all pupils. The school had a mosaic workshop as part of Art’s Week and the masterpiece shows some careful attention to detail: the Queen’s crown features individual letters and the Union Jack is couloured with the rainbow Pride flag. The Robin is a symbol of honour and passion and also symbolises renewal and new birth.

24 Nov 2017

Anti-Bullying poster competition winners announced

A huge thank you to every pupil who submitted an entry to our Anti-Bullying poster competition and to the staff for encouraging such a focus on these key anti-bullying messages. Last year the standard was so high that we thought it would be a struggle to equal the quality of the entries – how wrong we were! The pupils have surpassed our expectations once again. The quality of the artwork alongside some very heartfelt and hard-hitting messages has been overwhelming and all of the pupils should be very proud.

To judge this competition, all of the posters were anonymised so the judges didn’t know which pupil produced each poster or which school they came from. We felt that this was the fairest way to judge them for all pupils. But there must be some winners and again, through much deliberation, the judges have agreed on the following:

1st place: Steven EFS

2nd place: Joshua EFS 









3rd place: Jubayer Create London


4th place: Ethan EFS

As usual there were far too many amazing posters to keep to just 4 prizes, so the following posters will also be turned into professional posters and will be displayed in every school:


Chase: EFS

Kody: EFS

All of the above pupils will have an A3-sized poster produced to take home with them. The posters will also be displayed in each school and Create Service hub.

16 Nov 2017

Create Essex pupils record song for Anti-Bullying Week!

This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and to raise awareness Create Essex pupils have been busy recording this song. Originally featured on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ two years ago, the pupils edited the verse to suit their anti-bullying brief. The music was downloaded and recorded at the Create Essex hub by the music teacher. The pupils who sang on this recording were: 

  • Pypa 
  • Coco 
  • Tyn   and
  • Oliver 

16 Nov 2017

New build update: Stratford Marsh

16 November: Stratford Marsh school building update. You’ll see from the photo above how smart the new school looks! The front porch entrance has a new roof, and inside what was once a church we now have a ground and first floor. The image of the construction worker with the trestle table stands where a new school hall will be. The walls inside are now plastered; the air conditioning installation is almost complete and the skirting boards are in place. 

Work is set for completion around spring next year, when Stratford Marsh pupils will be moved back into the school from their temporary residence at Custom House.


15 Nov 2017

Essex Fresh Start School feature in Essex Wildlife Trust magazine

Lucy Willis, Outdoor Learning Officer at Forest Schools, has been working closely with pupils from Essex Fresh Start School in Witham in a series of outdoor learning sessions called ‘Wild Wednesdays.’ Each session allows up to 10 pupils the chance to experience a variety of outdoor activities in all types of weather, ranging from outdoor cooking to planting trees and building a bug hotel.

Forest Schools provide a unique approach to outdoor play and learning by ‘encouraging and inspiring individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.’

Essex Fresh Start featured in Essex Wildlife Trust magazine about their collaboration with Forest Schools. You can read the article here: Forest School article

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