Should August Children Start School at Six? A Summer Child Speaks

My opinion on changes to English and Welsh school admissions policy

  • Parents of summer born children given right to start school a year later than autumnal peers;
  • Policy seen as boost for children born between April and August.
Counthill School
Not one of my former schools, but the now demolished Counthill School in Watersheddings, Oldham. Photograph by Supreme-B, 2008 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

It has often been said that children born on the 31 August one year is at a disadvantage with peers born at the end of the previous year. Or one on the 01 September the previous year. Continue reading “Should August Children Start School at Six? A Summer Child Speaks”

Central Road Site Approved for New Didsbury School

New free school set to open in September 2015

Ewing School sign
Back to my old school: St. James’ and Emmanuel’s new school, from September 2015. This is a picture of the school from November 2013, whilst in temporary use for Birches School.

 

Ewing School is back!

I wouldn’t have thought in 2012 I would have said this. I would have thought the site of my old school from 1987 to 1990 would have been houses by now with cul-de-sacs. With streets like Ewing Drive, Goldsack Crescent and Petrie Place. Continue reading “Central Road Site Approved for New Didsbury School”

Driving Away From Home: My Return to Ewing School (07 November 2013)

Back to the old school, literally.

One tweet I made on the way to work, more than anything set the tone for this post:

I was sat on a 330 bound for Bredbury, quite a far cry from passing Levenshulme on the second of the four most important days of my life. Instead of the dulcet tones of James H. Reeve on Piccadilly Radio, my soundtrack was the roar of Enviro400 engine and the odd bit of chatter. Continue reading “Driving Away From Home: My Return to Ewing School (07 November 2013)”

Ewing School: a History and an Appreciation

A Fond Farewell to a Fine School

Farewell Old Friend: The Ewing School, former school of the creator of this blog, 1987 – 1990.

The story of Ewing School begins in 1913 with Irene Goldsack. She became the teacher-in-charge of the Royal School of the Deaf, a residential infant school for the hard of hearing in Manchester. Today, renamed and relocated, it is now part of the Seashell Trust’s network of special schools.

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The End of an Era for Ewing School

West Didsbury special school closes doors after 44 years

Farewell Old Friend: The Ewing School, former school of the creator of this blog from January 1987 to July 1990.

22 years ago, my last day of term at Ewing School was most memorable. After a leavers’ party at the school gardens the previous night, I stayed overnight at one of the teacher’s houses in Didsbury village. The following morning saw me walking with two of her dogs before my last day there at Fog Lane Park. Continue reading “The End of an Era for Ewing School”

The Dinner Party (Contact Theatre, April 1990): Past of the M60

remembering an inclusive theatre project which resulted in a show one Wednesday in April 1990.

Working with ten special schools in the Manchester City Council boundary, the Contact Theatre undertook an inclusive theatre project which took place between January and April 1990. Known as The Dinner Party, each special school was represented by a colour chosen at random. A little sketch was produced by each school in cooperation with members of the Contact Theatre.

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