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Fifteen young women from Saxmundham Free School are taking part in a debate at the House of Lords on the biggest barriers facing young women today. They will be part of a group of 200 young people taking part. The event is marking the 60th Anniversary of the 1958 Life Peerages Act which enabled women to become members of the House of Lords.

Cumbria Academy for Autism (CAA) have appointed Richard Aindow as headteacher. He is currently deputy headteacher at Presfield High School and Specialist College in Southport, which caters for children with autism. In a statement on the CAA's website, Lynne Thornton, chair of the board of governors, said: ‘The opportunity to lead our school attracted an excellent field of candidates all of whom recognised Cumbria Academy for Autism as an exciting opportunity to transform autism education in the West Cumbria.’

More than 500 people gathered for the opening of the Atam Academy’s new building. The ceremony included the arrival of the Sikh holy scriptures, known as the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj, which were carried into the school’s spiritual hall. Worshippers also congregated in the hall for the recitation of the prayer known as the Sri Sukhmani Sahib Path and hymns known as Kirtan. The design of the new school building takes inspiration from the Golden Temple in India.

The plans for the Laurus Ryecroft free school in Tameside have been unveiled and approved by local councillors. The new building will cover more than 10,000sq m and will include a ‘multi-use games area’, three grass pitches and two running tracks. The building will be on green belt land on the site of the former Littlemoss High School. The images of the new site can be seen here

Two year 8 pupils at the East London Science School conducted an on camera post-match interview with two players from Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team after an international match. The pupils were invited onto the pitch at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre for a once in life time opportunity to meet their sporting idols. They asked questions about their nutrition and other sports they enjoyed.

Students at East London Science School were approached by the astronaut Tim Peake at a stall they were running at New Scientist Live . They demonstrated their remote-control robotic elephant and showed him how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Monika Patel, head of physics at the school, said: ‘Tim Peake is a real inspiration to our pupils, and others across Britain, so it was fantastic that he came to watch our demonstrations and talk with pupils.’

Provisional phonics results released by the Department for Education indicate that free schools have outperformed other schools for the fourth year running. Overall, 88% of pupils in free schools met the expected standard in phonics, compared to 83% nationally. In addition, Key Stage One results released today also show free schools at the top of the table, with more students reaching the expected standard than other schools across every subject.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Oasis Academy Silvertown has received a grant of £15,000 to purchase musical equipment. They plan to buy electric guitars, violins and a loop pedal, as well as specialist staff to lead lessons. The grant came from Restore the Music UK, who offer grants to deprived schools. The school, which plans to move to its permanent home on North Woolwich Road in 2020, has welcomed the grant. They have faced considerable challenges to their music programme due to planning delays.

Around 200 primary school pupils from the Atam Academy, in Little Heath, gathered for the unveiling of their new building complex, comprising of a two-storey primary school and four-storey secondary school. The brand new building is inspired by the famed Sikh Golden Temple in Amristar. The school is set to open in 2019 and will have 1,300 pupils at full capacity.

The first stage of building work for Armfield Academy has now been completed by Conlon Construction and the school will be ready for opening on Monday. The school will be in the now refurbished former building of Anorld School, which will include a drama studio, classrooms and kitchen. The buildings on the north side of the school remain on target to be finished next year. Mr Conlon described the facilities as ‘cutting edge’. Once the school reaches full capacity they hope to teach 1,280 school between the ages of 2 to 16.