TCES Group Latest News & Events





06 Jul 2016

North-West London Independent School host Year 11 Graduation plus Open Afternoon this Friday 8th July

It’s a busy time for our schools as the end of the summer term fast approaches. North-West London Independent School is no exception – this Friday 8th July they will be hosting their very own Open Afternoon.  Refreshments will be on hand to welcome you to the school between 2-4pm, with school tours and a chance to view the pupil’s artwork on offer. To complete the day’s celebrations, they also have their Year 11 Graduation ceremony from 11.30-12.30.

 

NWLIS end of term & graduation



01 Jul 2016

Custom House turns 2 years old!

Thursday July 14th sees Custom House celebrate its 2nd birthday. Come and join in the celebrations between 10.30-12.00pm at Varley rd, Newham E19, where we will have an art-inspired open day. pupils will be sharing some of their creative work including  music, grafitti and art and design. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available. See you there!

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10 Jun 2016

TCES Group Summer Events

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Introducing the TCES Group Summer 2016 events! We have an exciting line-up of activities – beginning next week with TCES Group schools taking part in our annual football tournament – culminating in our end-of-term Celebration Day in Essex. Good luck to all involved – let’s hope the warm weather continues!

 

12th July 2016

TCES Group Celebration Day

All pupils and staff from our Essex Schools are taking part in Celebration Day at Grangewaters, South Ockendon.





05 May 2016

Rt Hon Priti Patel MP visits Essex Fresh Start School, Witham

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On Friday 29th April, Essex Fresh Start Independent School (EFS) opened its doors again to the public, inviting local residents and businesses in to get a peek behind the scenes in Witham’s newest school.  Along with locals, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP was welcomed in for afternoon tea and a tour to learn about the day-to-day work of the school, to see examples of pupil’s work and to meet staff and pupils.

Head Teacher Cheryl Rutter said, “We are delighted that Priti Patel was able to join us and that she showed such an interest in what we’re trying to achieve here.  Our ‘At Home’ event was a great way for our neighbours to meet our pupils and teachers, seeing for themselves the fantastic work our pupils are capable of.  We want the people of Witham to know that we’re very happy for anyone to visit us and find that people are always keen to understand what we do.”

Priti Patel said, “The work that EFS Witham is doing for its pupils is of huge importance, making the school an integral part of the local community. It was a privilege to see the support that the staff provide and the opportunities they are helping to create for their pupils’ future.”

As with all TCES Group schools, EFS Witham caters for children with Social, Emotional or Mental Health (SEMH) needs, and those with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), many of whom have been excluded from mainstream schools, or didn’t have access to the right level of support for their needs in a mainstream setting.  Pupils often have previously undiagnosed learning needs, and Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) are not uncommon.

School’s focus is on breaking down multiple barriers to learning by promoting the educational, social and health needs of its pupils, where highly-skilled and focused staff teams are able to support each individual’s growth towards independent learning in groups.  A structured routine in a safe, inspiring environment encourages mutual respect and tolerance, and each child’s ambitions are nurtured to help them make positive choices for their future careers.

In addition to academic and vocational experiences, EFS Witham’s Clinical and Therapy Team offers counselling, art and drama therapy, while Speech & Language and Occupational Therapists work directly with pupils. More specialist assessment from TCES Group’s Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Consultant Paediatrician are available to pupils who are struggling to engage with learning for reasons that are not clear.

In operation since September, EFS Witham is a lovely old red-brick building, which has been a school since 1902.  Following an ambitious remodelling project, the school is equipped to educate up to 25 pupils between 7-18 years.







27 Nov 2015

Official opening of TCES Group’s latest school by Professor Lord Winston

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TCES Group is delighted to announce that Professor Lord Winston will officially open Essex Fresh Start Witham on Friday 4 December 2015. In operation since September, TCES Group’s newest school is a lovely old red-brick building, which has been a school since 1902. Sited in a quiet part of Witham, surrounded by open space and beautiful trees, TCES Group’s ambitious remodelling project has breathed new life into a site that has been empty since 2012. The school will educate up to 25 pupils between 7-18 years over the coming academic year.
All TCES Group schools specialise in providing day-school education for pupils whose Social, Emotional or Mental Health (SEMH) needs or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) have made attending mainstream schools difficult. Pupils often have previously undiagnosed learning needs, and Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) are not uncommon.
TCES Group’s belief, that every pupil should have the chance to succeed in full-time group education or be supported in working towards it, means that each school must firstly meet each pupil’s most basic physiological, safety and belonging needs. Essex Fresh Start (EFS) Witham offers a community-based school experience, which breaks down multiple barriers to learning by promoting the educational, social and health needs of its pupils, where highly-skilled and focused staff teams are able to support each pupil’s growth towards independent learning in groups.
EFS operates three schools across Essex. Head Teacher, Cheryl Rutter, says: “At EFS we want every pupil to enjoy their time with us. Only when pupils enjoy their school will they make real progress. We offer a structured routine in a safe, inspiring environment which encourages mutual respect and tolerance. We also nurture each child’s ambitions as we aim to provide a ‘passport’ for life by accrediting our pupils with as many certificates as possible to help them to make positive choices for their future careers.
“In addition to academic and vocational experiences, EFS’ Therapy Team offers counselling, art and drama therapy and our Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists work directly with pupils. More specialist assessment from TCES Group’s Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Consultant Paediatrician are available to pupils who are struggling to engage with learning for reasons that are not clear.”

Thomas Keaney, TCES Group’s CEO and Schools’ Proprietor, adds: “We know how important this ‘Team Around the Child’ is in ensuring the best outcomes for our pupils and it was not by accident that EFS was judged, ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding standards’ (by Ofsted in September 2014).
“Six months after leaving at the end of Y11, 80% of EFS pupils are still engaged in work, education or training; a figure of which most schools would be proud; but this is particularly remarkable given the profile and starting points of some of our children and young people.”

During the official launch event pupils will invite visitors (including parents and carers, local dignitaries, Local Authority representatives and other stakeholders) into science, cookery, drama, art and music classrooms. They will also stage two performances in the wonderful, vaulted school hall.