On Friday 23 May Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham, visited Sheringham Junior School, where he met with staff and pupils. Mr Timms was given a tour of the school by the Head Teacher, Gary Wilkie, and some of the elected school councillors of year 6, who were keen to get Mr Timms involved in all the fund-raising activities that were being held in the School playground. During this time Mr Timms did some skipping, threw some wet sponges at the Deputy Head Teacher Mr Potter and bought a few raffle tickets in the hope of winning a prized Doctor Who DVD! The mini-fayre was put on by the School’s year 6 pupils to help raise money for their post-SATS trips, and was attended by the younger pupils at the school.
Whilst at the school Mr Timms also discussed an impressive new ICT system called Learned Managed Environment. Sheringham is one of several Newham schools piloting the system. It allows pupils to access their school work from home – and their parents to follow progress – and contains an archive of each pupil’s work, which will be available to their secondary school when they transfer. Head Teacher Gary Wilkie said staff were finding the new system a boon to teaching.
Mr Timms said: “I am pleased to hear about the new IT Transition Project which is being launched by Sheringham Primary School and think it will be an invaluable tool for pupils when they go off to Secondary School. I wish this project every success.”