Trio of Harlow secondary schools rated “well below average” in league tables

By Alexander Beaney / 11th August 2020 / 0 Comments

THREE Harlow secondary schools are performing “well below average” in terms of student progress, according to school performance tables published by the Department for Education (DfE). Passmores Academy, Stewards Academy and Mark Hall Academy all received “Progress 8” scores that were significantly below the average for schools across England. Burnt Mill Academy and St Mark’s…

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Life in lockdown: A short video documentary

By Alexander Beaney / 6th August 2020 / 0 Comments

This video documentary was filmed over a period of two weeks from the end of May to the beginning of June. This was over two months after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a UK-wide lockdown on March 23. Interviews were filmed both in-person at a suitable social distance in accordance with government guidelines, and…

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‘Queen of the Rooms’ Keely Nickolds helps to house Harlow’s vulnerable residents

By Alexander Beaney / 24th January 2020 / 4 Comments
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When you think of a letting agent, you might have a stereotypical image in your head. However, when you meet Keely Nickolds, 34, everything is positively different. Nickolds Property Management, her family-run business, is a letting agency like no other. Uniquely positioned to attract anyone from young professionals and doctors, to people who might be…

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Conservative Kemi Badenoch increases majority in Saffron Walden

By Alexander Beaney / 13th December 2019 / 0 Comments
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KEMI Badenoch was re-elected as the Saffron Walden Conservative MP in the 2019 general election, with a total vote share of 63 per cent. Just under 40,000 voters (an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2017) voted for the Conservative party in the Essex constituency which has been Tory since the 1930s. In a Twitter…

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Candidates grilled at Saffron Walden Youth Hustings

By Alexander Beaney / 6th December 2019 / 0 Comments
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CONSERVATIVE candidate, Kemi Badenoch, was unable to attend the youth Hustings event at Saffron Walden Youth Club last week (November 22). Youngsters from Saffron Walden were only able to grill election candidates from the Labour (Tom van de Bilt), Lib Dems (Mike Hibbs) and Green (Coby Wing) parties. The two hour-long event saw candidates questioned…

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Harlow College students join in global climate change protest

By Alexander Beaney / 4th October 2019 / 0 Comments
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Journalist Alexander Beaney investigated when college students took part in a world-wide demonstration. Here is his report: FORGET Brexit. Right now, there’s only one political issue on students’ minds at Harlow College. And that’s climate change. And they’re demanding action immediately. In the same week that teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg spoke to thousands at a…

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Journalism students discuss major issues facing Harlow Council

By Alexander Beaney / 27th September 2019 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW College students studying for the National Council for the Training of Journalists Diploma (NCTJ), met Harlow Council chairman Clive Souter and head of governance, Simon Hill, to find out more about the workings of the council and plans for the future of the town. Alex Beaney, 21, said: “We are very grateful to Cllr…

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