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Gatwick School celebrates rapid growth & success with visit from Parliamentary Lord

The Gatwick School in Crawley, part of Aurora Academies Trust, yesterday welcomed Lord Theodore Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education for a visit to this increasingly popular all-through school.

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Primary and Secondary Student Leaders with Lord Agnew and Mr Roessler Head of School

The Gatwick School in Crawley, part of Aurora Academies Trust, today welcomed Lord Theodore Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education for a visit to this increasingly popular all-through school.

Lord Agnew was given a grand tour of the building by the Head Boy and Head Girl of both the primary and secondary phases.

Lord Agnew is presented with bespoke commemorative TGS student Art by Mr McCarthy AAT CEO and Mr Roessler Head of School.

He was very impressed with the standards of teaching and learning in every classroom and actively engaged with the students.

Head of School Mark Roessler said,

“It was a real privilege to host Lord Agnew’s visit – staff and students alike were impressed with his enthusiasm and encouragement of learning”.

Aurora CEO Tim McCarthy added,

“It is heartening to see Lord Agnew taking the time to visit us and show his support for his Academies. This year sees our first Year 11 cohort sitting their GCSE exams and Lord Agnew was very keen to wish our students well and to inspire them to aim high in life, things we tell our students every day”.  

The Gatwick School opened in 2014 with just 44 students but will have nearly 800 students on roll in September.

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Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.

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Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website: www.readingrabbits.co.uk


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