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24 May 2018

Post-16 pupil Myles attends film acting course at prestigious Pinewood Studios

North West London Independent School Post-16 pupil Miles recently attended a film acting course at Pinewood Studio’s Actors Studio.

It was an inspirational day in which Myles not only learnt a huge amount about acting in front of the camera in a professional studio, including the technicalities involved in film directing, but got to tour the Pinewood lot where they are currently building sets for the next Star Wars film. He also got to see props from Assassins Creed and the original storyboards for Tomb Raider.

Miles was set the ambitious task of having to learn a script, rehearse it in an hour and then perform it in front of the camera, camera crew and audience, and rose to the challenge brilliantly. He will receive an edited version of the scene to put toward his acting show reel.

This was another success for NWLIS’s Post-16 ‘World of Work’ program and expansion of their Creative Arts curriculum.

23 May 2018

23 May 2018

Pupils moved back into the newly redeveloped East London Independent School in Stratford Marsh almost one month ago. Here you can see them enjoying their new facilities.

11 May 2018

Essex win coveted trophy in annual football competition

Wednesday May 9 heralded the return of the TCES Group schools and Create Services annual football tournament in Brentwood, Essex. The weather was fortuitously timed: clear blue skies and warm sunshine allowed for perfect pitch conditions.

Staff members’ immense hard work and organisation paid off with the creation of a memorable day for all who participated.

For the first time, Create Essex fielded their own team – in addition, conducting themselves extremely well – but it was Essex Fresh Start School in Clacton who won the tournament, beating Witham 3-0 with Essex Fresh Start School Witham taking second place. A special well done to North West London who only lost out on a place in the final on goal difference. 

Well done to all pupils who demonstrated admirable sportsmanship and of course to the staff whose contribution both on and off the pitch made the event possible.  A special thanks to Hollie who helped HTLA Nicky Palmer organise in the run-up to the event, and of course to the referees. Roll on next year!



11 May 2018

Clacton Nurture Group learn about effects of pollution to local beach

KS3 Nurture Class at Essex Fresh Start School in Clacton took advantage of the recent good weather by stepping out of the classroom and onto the beach. Sea pollution plays an important part of the pupils’ curriculum, where they’re learning what the impact of environmental damage has on our aquatic ecosystem. Pupil Mikey has put together a poster with his thoughts and advice, as well as participating in a beach clean-up by picking up litter. Mikey is pictured with staff from the Environment Agency who were also working on the beach, below.

Pupil Mikey’s pollution awareness poster, below.


11 May 2018

Essex Fresh Start pupils attend Firebreak course

Pupils from all three services at Essex Fresh Start School recently took part on the Firebreak course.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service write: “The Firebreak programme aims to promote a culture of safety and team work and citizenship by teaching a range of vital life skills whilst undertaking the various disciplines of the Fire Service.

The course provides a learning environment that combines practical skills and scenario based training, with classroom centred theory/discussion workshops.

During the intensive week long fire station based course, the students gain confidence and develop vital life skills, while experiencing the techniques used by fire-fighters in their working
lives. It aims to reduce the risky lifestyle choices by young people and raise awareness of the consequences of fire, fire setting and hoax calls.

The scheme is incredibly diverse, and has been successfully used for those on the gifted and talented register as well as a confidence building tool for those with a history of youth offending,
school exclusion, or associated disruptive behaviour or backgrounds.

The Firebreak Course can clearly evidence that our interactions directly and positively impact on ‘breaking the cycle of negativity.'”

Essex Fresh Start School were able to secure funding for our pupils to take part in this week long training which was a huge success.


04 May 2018

North West London Independent School music teacher launches ASDAN Expressive Arts course

NWLIS music teacher Asher Felix, also a professional music producer and world renowned DJ has now launched his ASDAN Expressive Arts Course at the school. Ash has inspired pupils for years on their personal journey as creative artists at the school, and building on his success of delivering AQA qualifications is now delivering the course that he hopes will lead these young artists on to success in their chosen art form. Working as part of the creative arts team at NWLIS, Asher is producing the first album for Y12 Myles. With his newly equipped Music Studio – part of the incentive backed by Head Teacher Katrina Medley and CEO Thomas Keaney- Ash is finally able to produce tracks which highlight his pupils’ talents to their full potential.

Myles has released his first track produced by Ash on multiple internet platforms and received some excellent feedback and interest from radio stations.
Not only has Myles produced the stunning artwork to promote his songs – having achieved an A in Graphics in Art and now working toward an A-Level, he is also directing and editing a music video to accompany his first release ‘Hard times’ which he hopes to premiere at the integrated arts performance at NWLIS in July.

Our outstanding creative arts programme will be culminating in a multimedia spectacular that will showcase the talents of NWLIS pupils from technical ability (lighting, costume and scenery) to the performance talents of our pupils. The integration and use of creative arts is key to our philosophy and has made a huge impact on the everyday lives of our pupils both in terms of behaviour and academic engagement and progress. Said Teaching Assistant Cy Henty, “with the support of our Business Co-ordinator, Head Teacher and Central Services we can only continue to grow. There is a feeling amongst the staff that we can help make our pupils’ dreams a reality.