max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Melton: School expands horizons with Raising the Bar visit to Grasmere Primary in Hackney

10:33 26 March 2014

Melton Primary School

Melton Primary School's visit to Hackney - meeting with Michael Desmond, the Speaker of Hackney


A Suffolk primary school’s first steps towards forging new links with London as part of a county-wide improvement initiative has been hailed as a “fantastic success”.


More than 60 pupils from Melton Primary visited their “link school” in Hackney last week using funding from Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar scheme. Schools in Suffolk and Hackney entered into the partnership last May as part of a raft of measures aimed at improving standards of education in recognition of the London borough’s excellent achievement record.

Nymone Da Costa-Jones, Melton’s acting deputy head, said the visit to Grasmere Primary had broadened horizons for pupils and teachers while paving the way for further exchanges between the two schools.

“It’s lifted barriers, removed the blinkers and given everyone an absolutely amazing experience,” she said.

“We were all exhausted by the end of the day but the smiles on the children’s faces made it all worth while.”

During their visit, the children were taken on a guided Town Hall tour by the Speaker of Hackney, Michael Desmond; visited the Hackney Museum to view the Grand Depart – a trophy commissioned to mark the Tour de France’s centenary; and haggled for bargains at the vibrant Ridley Road street market.

Ms Da Costa-Jones said the trip was a “fantastic experience” and had given a “real life context” to many of the pupils’ school projects.

The children also enjoyed their first face-to-face meeting with their penpals at Grasmere, while teachers from the two schools began forging links. “We’ve taken the first step, started to build that relationship, hopefully there will be a return visit and then we can see what we can plan together to share ideas and knowledge,” said Ms Da Costa-Jones.

Suffolk County Council has congratulated the school on its “proactive approach” with the Raising the Bar initiative.

“The visit will no doubt stimulate new thinking for pupils and teachers and encourage a firmer focus on achieving better educational results,” said Lisa Chambers, the council’s education chief. “Our partnership with Hackney is something which has already brought very positive results to pupils and their respective schools. We know that much can be achieved from closer working with them and that fresh ideas will come from partnerships like this.”



Sharon Halls and Daniel Compton's baby, Evie

An Ipswich couple have launched a desperate online appeal to raise at least £184,000 for the care of a premature baby born 12 weeks early in the Dominican Republic.

Emergency services at the scene of the accident at Barton Mills.

The motorcyclist, 20, who died following a crash on the A1101 at Barton Mills yesterday is an airman from RAF Lakenheath.

Accident near Hintlesham causes delays.

There are delays on the A1071 near Hintlesham following an accident involving a car and motorbike this morning.

Light aircraft crashes in Essex, killing two people.

Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed in a field in Essex.

Are you a budding young writer?

Are you a wizard with words? Does your imagination race at 100 miles an hour and keep you awake at night?

Felixstowe's Martello Tower P, in Langer Road, open as part of Felixstowe's Heritage weekend.

A project to restore a defensive fort dating back to the Napoleonic era has received a £50,000 boost from a heritage funding cash pot.

Anne Humphrys and Bec Jasper have set up PACT support group for parents and families of children with disabilities.

Huge increases in the number of children in Suffolk suffering from mental health problems were today laid bare - amid major concerns about the quality of services youngsters receive.

B&Q in Anglia Retail Park will close by 2017.

Home improvement giant B&Q is set to close one of its biggest Suffolk stores - at Anglia Retail Park on the edge of Ipswich, it can be revealed.

The Nestle Purina site in Sudbury

A Sudbury pet food factory is under increasing pressure to tackle foul odours as it is revealed an environmental regulator recorded 40 stench complaints since last month.

Web fire

A kitchen fire was extinguished in Walder Grave Way, Manningtree, this afternoon.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages