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A-LEVELS: West Hatch results down to "huge amount of dedication"

12.35pm - 16th August 2018


WEST Hatch High School A-Level results saw half of all grades awarded being at A* to B, 79 per cent were A* to C with an overall pass rate of 98 per cent. 

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said that students had once again performed exceptionally well and given themselves a sound platform for a successful future. 

The results mean the majority of West Hatch students have gained access to their first choice universities with a number now securing higher level apprenticeships. 

Having achieved positive results across the board, there were some stand-out individual and subject successes. In addition to exceptionally high overall pass rates, the number of students achieving the top grades were impressive. 

They included: 

A-Level - Megan Isley (A*, A, A), Owen De Graaf (A, A, A), Phoebe Clements (A, A, B), Max Rutherford (A, A, B), Sophie Culver (A, A, B) and Naomi Whittaker, Harry Oliver, Nilofer Sait and Saul Wratten all achieving A, A, C grades.

CACHE - Charlotte Allen (A, A, A), Demi Marston (A, A, A), Safoa Adu (A, A, A). 

BTEC Business Extended Diploma - Khajarn Singh (Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction), Joshua Yusuf (Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction), and Oliver Bateman, Charlotte Bird and Harry Ioannou (all achieved three Distinctions). 

With regards to high achieving subjects 78 per cent of grades in English Literature were A* to B with 100 per cent A*-C. 67 per cent of grades in Art were A* to B with 100 per cent A*-C. 61 per cent of grades in History were A* to B with 89 per cent A*-C. 57 per cent of grades in Chemistry and Economics were A* to B with 86 per cent and 81 per cent A*-C respectively. 

100 per cent of West Hatch students studying extended Diplomas in Business, Cache, Sports and Exercise Science achieved A*-B grade equivalents. 

Mr Leonard added: "All of our students’ hard work and high aspirations have paid off and their determination to succeed has embodied the school’s motto to be ‘The Best that I Can Be'." 

University destinations include Biomedical Science, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and Law at Queen Mary; English Literature at Kings College London and Exeter; Maths and Economics at Loughborough; History with Politics and Accounting and Finance at City, and Zoology at Sussex. 

A large number of West Hatch students are also taking up higher apprenticeships at companies such as Chaucer Syndicates, Gleeds, Mindshare, Lodge Group, EY, Haysmacintyre and the Civil Service with employment already gained at One Hare Court Chambers, Rothschild and the Bank of England.

Mr Leonard said: "I have seen at first hand the hard work and endeavour that our students and staff have put in to make these results a reality. 

"We are all exceptionally proud of how well our students have performed once again this year. 

"Results like these do not come about without a huge amount of dedication from students and staff alike as well as the support of parents, and I hope that all those involved are delighted with the culmination of two years hard work. 

"I’d like to wish all of our students the very best of luck for the next stage in their lives in whichever path they choose to take whether it be university, apprenticeships or straight into the world of work.” 

For further information on West Hatch High School visit www.westhatch.essex.sch.uk or email the school office at admin@westhatch.essex.sch.uk

Enrolment for West Hatch High School's Sixth Form is on Thursday, August 23.



A-LEVELS: Debden Park results "testament to outstanding teaching"

12.08pm - 16th August 2018


DEBDEN Park High School students in the Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium have achieved another set of outstanding A-Level results, further improving on the successes of last year.

 There were a record number of A and A* grades and the progress students have made is well above national averages. 

All Debden Park's exam students achieved A*-C in Art, Computer Science, Drama, Geography, Maths, Music and Physics.

There were exceptional results in Art with 60 per cent of students achieving an A*. 

Students are now off to study at some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including Bath, Exeter, Edinburgh, Manchester and Sheffield, all of which are part of the Russell Group. 

Students are also heading to Loughborough, University of East Anglia and Sussex which are in the top 25 most successful Universities. 

Head of School Helen Gascoyne said: "We are incredibly proud of our Year 13 students and their A-Level results. As a school we continue to be academically ambitious for all our students and these A-Level results are even better than our impressive first set of results in 2017. 

"Again these results are testament to our outstanding teaching throughout the school and to our commitment to building upon our sustained exemplary GCSE results. 

"We have proved that our new Sixth Form challenges all students to achieve their potential and beyond, and to make their dreams for their futures a reality." 

Executive headteacher Christian Cavanagh said: "We are thrilled that for a second year running our Year 13 students have achieved half a grade higher than their peers nationally. 

"Debden Park High School prides itself on instilling students with a real love of learning and to see 95 per cent of them carrying on their educational journeys to university and higher level apprenticeships is truly outstanding." 

Joe Merison, who has been a Debden Park High School student since Year 7, achieved three As - in Economics, History and Media - and is now going to study History at Exeter.

He said "I am thrilled with my grades and am very grateful to Debden for their consistent support and challenge from Year 7 to Year 13." 

Rebecca Busby, who joined in Year 12, achieved an A* in Art and two B - in Philosophy & Ethics and Sociology. 

She said: "I always hoped I would succeed at A-Level but I am overwhelmed with just how well I have done here at Debden. 

"I have loved my time here and from day one I felt part of the school. I would encourage any student to join Debden Park High School Sixth form to achieve great things here as well."



A-LEVELS: Davenant celebrates "exceptional" results

12.02pm - 16th August 2018


STUDENTS at Davenant Foundation School are celebrating after receiving their A-Level results. 

The school's results have always been good but this year the students did exceptionally well, headteacher Adam Thorne said. 

Some 24 per cent of all entries were graded at A* or A with 53 per cent of all entries graded at A*-B. Highlights include Meghan Donaghy and Jack Hogan who both received four A* grades.

 Meghan is going to Oxford to study Mathematics while Jack will be studying Medicine at Imperial College.

Other students going to Oxford include Laura Childs and Femi Fakounde who both achieved two A*s and two As, and James Lingfield with two A*s and an A. 

Sam Dutnall is going to Cambridge with A*s and two As. 

Other students who achieved straight As and A*s include Imani Looby, Felix French, Ryan Hogan and James McNicholas. 

Headteacher Adam Thorne said: "We are very proud of the students and their exceptional results. They have worked hard and fully deserve their success. "We are blessed to have very experienced A-Level teachers who work well with our students and I wish to thank them for all their hard work and dedication."

Chair of Governors Mary Vine Morris said: "It was a privilege to be part of such an exciting morning. "To see the students’ faces as they found out they are into their university or apprenticeship of choice was a joy."



EPPING: Students try out bowls

12.47pm - 15th August 2018

STUDENTS at Epping St John's School tried their hand at bowls when they visited Epping Bowls Club for a 'Come and Try’ session. 

The opportunity to try something new fitted into the school’s plans to offer alternative sports to students at the end of the school year. 

Head of Sport Tom McGarr said: "The staff could see how much the students enjoyed themselves and we are keen to plan regular sessions in the future." 

The groups numbered 15 to 18 students and all six rinks were in use with two club members at each rink showing the youngsters the basics of bowls. 

Squash and biscuits, served by some of the social members, finished each 50-minute session. 

Men’s captain Ron Perryman said: "It was a pleasure to entertain Epping St John’s pupils. They were enthusiastic and several showed lots of promise in a short space of time. 

"We would like to do it again and hope we can establish something during our season April to September."


#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Woman due at crown court to face 12 charges

12.14pm - 15th August 2018

A WOMAN from Loughton is due in court charged with eight burglaries, three frauds and robbery. 

Emma Haslett, 36, of Highwood Lane, is due before Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, August 31, having previously appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 3. 

Police arrested a woman on Wednesday, August 1, following incidents involving elderly and vulnerable victims between Tuesday, February 13, and Friday, July 28.


EPPING: Council thanks Plan responders

9.32am - 15th August 2018

EPPING Town Council has thanked everyone who has completed and returned its Neighbourhood Plan consultation form and comments. 

The council received many very detailed comments which are now being analysed to feed into the next stages of the Neighbourhood Plan. 

Epping Town Mayor Nigel Avey said: “We had a very good response to our consultation and many people had taken a lot of time and trouble to provide us with some very detailed views and suggestions. 

"We are extremely grateful for those comments, as this is the Neighbourhood Plan for your town and its future. 

"We would also like to thank the very dedicated members of our Neighbourhood Planning Advisory Committee, both residents and councillors, who have spent so much time inputting into the Plan and are now spending many hours helping analyse the comments. 

"I would also like to thank our Planning & Events Officer, Geraldine Vallis, for her excellent work throughout the Neighbourhood Plan process. 

"We will keep you updated on progress."


NORTH WEALD: Council to display silhouettes for Remembrance

7.41am - 10th August 2018

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council is to receive six silhouettes for display at remembrance events after a successful grant application to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. 

The silhouettes - awarded as part of the Fund's Armistice and Armed Forces Community Programme; Remembering and supporting their contribution - will be displayed by the parish council at its events on Remembrance Sunday in North Weald in November. 

Parish clerk Sue deLuca said: "We feel it will be most fitting for these to be displayed at our Remembrance Sunday events and we hope that by advertising that the Silhouettes will be 'in attendance' that it will encourage even more attendees this year."


THORNWOOD: Council opposes house plan

8.31am - 8th August 2018

A PROPOSAL for a four-bedroom house behind the homes built on the former Carpenters Arms pub site in Thornwood is "not a clever idea", a parish councillor has said. 

North Weald Bassett Parish Council's planning committee voted unanimously to object to plans for the property on the former pub car park off Carpenters Arms Lane. 

Councillors' concerns focus on potential damage to protected trees along the frontage of the site, and fears that additional vehicles could park along Carpenters Arms Lane restricting access for emergency vehicles. 

Councillor Terry Blanks, speaking at Monday's planning committee meeting, highlighted traffic issues that he encountered when he visited the lane to inspect the application site. 

He said: "I couldn't turn round. I had to reverse the whole way down to the High Road.

"In my view that land (the application site) should be dedicated to visitor parking or for the whole community, and for turning round or parking for ambulances. 

"Trying to cram every inch with bricks and mortar is not a clever idea." 

Parish councillors were told by planning clerk Adriana Jones that the applicant, Des Rees - in documents submitted with the application - had said that the proposed house would have a limited impact and be in keeping with houses in the area. 

He had added that two parking spaces were proposed with adequate turning space to avoid the need for vehicles to reverse onto Carpenters Arms Lane. 

He added that the proposed property would be a material improvement to the site.


ONGAR: Tributes paid to former councillor

8.28am - 8th August 2018

DISTRICT councillors have paid tribute to former Ongar district councillor Frank Love. 

At the last council meeting council chairman Richard Bassett invited councillors to stand for a minute’s silence in tribute to the memory of Mr Love who represented the Chipping Ongar Ward from 1978 until 1991 and served on many of the council’s member bodies. 

Councillors Paul Keska and Richard Morgan shared their memories of Mr Love sending their condolences to his family and loved ones.


DISTRICT: Council to spend £500,000 to ensure no recycling waste goes to landfill

7.45am - 7th August 2018

EPPING Forest District Council is to spend £500,000 on ensuring that none of its recycling waste ends up in landfill. 

Councillors have agreed that the council should contribute towards increased costs faced by the authority's waste and recycling contractor Biffa Municipal, since the Chinese government imposed a ban on the import of paper produced by recycling facilities in the UK. 

The ban has resulted in excess amounts of paper in the reprocessing market, reducing its value and creating a buyers’ market focussed on quality - increasing Biffa’s costs. 

The council currently sends no recycling waste to landfill. In order to continue with this policy, Biffa had requested a further investment of £841,080 to offset the cost associated with delivering higher quality recycling materials. 

Having taken specialist advice, councillors agreed to pay Biffa £500,000 - comprising a £200,000 one-off capital contribution and £50,000 annually over six years, in order to prevent any of the district’s recycling waste ending up in landfill. 

Some of the increased costs relate to the amount of contamination found within the recycling collected. 

Residual food waste and non-recyclable materials can find their way into recycling, which significantly reduces the quality of the material produced.


DISTRICT: District to have Holocaust Memorial

7.42am - 8th August 2018

A HOLOCAUST Memorial is to be installed in the Epping Forest district. 

A motion proposed by councillor Gavin Chambers and seconded by councillor Howard Kauffman received unanimous cross party support from district councillors. 

Councillors shared personal stories and the same zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism - wholeheartedly supporting the creation of a place for commemoration and remembrance. 

The full proposal for the memorial will be considered at a future cabinet meeting.


DISTRICT: Council awards community grants

8.48am - 6th August 2018

COMMUNITY and voluntary groups have been awarded £19,060 in grants by Epping Forest District Council. 

The largest grants awarded are £5,000 to Buckhurst Hill Bowls and Lawn Tennis Club, towards the cost of building a mini tennis court and practice wall, and WAY 2000 towards the cost of delivering a counselling service for young people. 

Epping Youth FC receives £2,660 towards the cost of football equipment, 'Grant A Smile' gets £2,500 towards the cost of purchasing an industrial cleaning machine and materials while 3rd North Weald Scout Group receives £2,250 towards the cost of purchasing a trailer for use on adventure programmes for beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers. 

Hertfordshire Boat Rescue gets £700 towards the cost of a rescue sled to take on missions, Epping Bowls Club receives £600 towards the cost of purchasing a defibrillator for use by the group and the wider community and 414 (Epping & North Weald) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets receive £350 towards the cost of a banner to parade at community events. 

Councillor Helen Kane, leisure and community services portfolio holder, said: “The council greatly appreciates the work of the voluntary sector and encourages all local groups to get in contact to see if they are eligible to apply. 

"The need for groups to receive funding is vital and our Council has funds available to support local groups. Our grants are a great opportunity to help others in our community."


WALTHAM ABBEY: Council opposes Next warehouse plans

9.50am - 4th August 2018

PLANS put forward by retail giant Next for a warehouse north of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey, are being opposed by Waltham Abbey Town Council. 

Councillors voted unanimously at the last council meeting to object stating that the suggested benefits of the planned development are outweighed by the environmental issues. 

The council is also concerned that there is no mention in the planning application for upgrading work at junction 26 of the M25, as indicated in the emerging Local Plan.


WALTHAM ABBEY: New town councillor co-opted

9.48am - 4th August 2018

A FUNDRAISING champion whose efforts have been recognised with various awards has been co-opted onto Waltham Abbey Town Council. 

Shane Yerrell was co-opted onto the council at the last full council meeting. 

He replaces Glynis Shiell in the Paternoster ward. 

Mr Yerrell has raised more than £20,000 for a variety of causes since 2011 by setting up crowdfunding appeals and taking part in various fundraising challenges. 

His efforts, in recent years, have been recognised with a Pride of Essex award and a British Citizen Award.


EPPING: Deadline for Neighbourhood Plan comments extended

9.23am - 4th August 2018

THE deadline for comments to be made on the Epping Town Neighbourhood Plan has been extended by two weeks, until Tuesday, August 14. 

The consultation period is the latest stage in the process which will see Epping have its own Neighbourhood Plan. 

The document will detail how Epping should grow in the future. 

Epping Town Council's Neighbourhood Planning Advisory Committee has been working on the Neighbourhood Plan for the last three years and is now ready to get feedback on the draft document.

The Neighbourhood Planning Advisory Committee Chairman and Town Mayor, councillor Nigel Avey, said: “Epping Town Council appreciates that Epping will be required to grow over the coming years and wants to positively influence that growth to protect the character of our historic town. 

"We are keen to protect a mix of dwellings to reflect the needs of local residents and for these reasons the council chose to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.” 

Epping Town Council started the process with local consultation in 2016 to determine the key local issues. 

The Neighbourhood Planning Advisory Committee - consisting of councillors, resident stakeholders and key community members with specific areas of expertise, including history, conservation and business - used the key issues as part of their research. 

These included transport and parking, the arts, culture and recreation, and the natural environment. 

The council received grant funding and has worked with a Town Planner to develop and work up a draft Plan. Each household and business in Epping parish (about 5,500 in total) has received a consultation form through their letterbox so they can share their views on the Neighbourhood Plan. 

The form can also be completed online.

The results will be analysed and any necessary amendments made before the Plan is submitted for examination. 

For more information go to the council website http://www.eppingtowncouncil.gov.uk/, email info@eppingtowncouncil.gov.uk or ring 01992 579444. 

Hard copy responses can be taken to Epping Tesco; Epping Hall; the Epping Delivery Office in Epping High Street; Little Kitchen in Epping High Street; and the Theydon Oak pub.


LOUGHTON: Council thanks grounds maintenance team

8.16am - 1st August 2018

LOUGHTON Town Council has presented the Grounds Maintenance Team at Epping Forest District Council with a certificate of appreciation for their work at the Roding Valley Recreation Ground. 

The presentation was made by Town Mayor Stephen Murray and recreation committee chairman David Wixley. 

Mr Murray thanked the team for their excellent standard of work which had enabled the town council to receive several awards in the Essex Playing Fields annual competitions. 

He also reported that the work was greatly appreciated by local residents and visitors to the grounds. 

The Recreation Ground combined with the adjoining Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve makes the valley of the River Roding running through this part of the district one of the most treasured environments within the Epping Forest district, the town council said. 

Mr Wixley said he was pleased to be able to thank the team for their work on the Roding Valley as he had used the fields all his life and felt a great affection for the area. 

Grounds Maintenance Manager Phil Hawkins said the award was most appreciated by the team and would take pride of place in the Parks office. 

He viewed his teams' work as a successful partnership with the town council.


ONGAR: School delighted with SATs results

8.13am - 1st August 2018

SATs results by pupils at Ongar Primary School exceed the national average in all subjects. 

The Key Stage 2 results for combined reading, writing and maths show 83 per cent of Ongar Primary School pupils reaching the expected standard (the national average is 64%). 

Ongar Primary School's figure for reading is 94% (national average 75%), maths 89% (national average 76%), grammar, punctuation and spelling 83% (national average 78%) and writing 83% (national average 78%). 

The school said: "We are a small primary school with big ambitions and these amazing results are a credit to the hard work of our pupils and staff and the support of our parents and governors." 

Headteacher Debbie Attridge said: "I am delighted for the pupils, parents and staff. This truly is a testament to the hard work of both the children and adults at Ongar Primary. 

"We are a small school so get to know the children really well and are able to provide tailored support to ensure everyone thrives. 

"We will continue on our journey to provide an outstanding education for all."