The most recent years have seen improvements to the school buildings and exciting initiatives all in keeping with a 21st century school.
Sharon Sciachettano was appointed head in 1995 and began a programme of work refurbishing the classrooms and playground that continued once the current headteacher Alan Garnett arrived in 2001. The school office and reception areas were moved to their current location, the staff room was moved upstairs, a new library, ICT and Music rooms created, a community space was built and the car park separated from the playground. Nursery and reception rooms were updated and extended and new year one and year six classrooms were built. During this time North became a two form entry school with 60 children in each year group.
There were problems with the school meals service as Essex school kitchens were closed in 2004. North School tried to keep providing healthy meals with a packed lunch service including hot soup from 2006, but the kitchens weren’t reopened until 2007.
Innovative schemes got underway including Instruments for All from 2006, where all year 3 children learnt recorder, all year 4 children learnt violin, clarinet, flute or guitar, year 5s learnt piano and year 6s had music technology classes, all free of charge to families. In 2013, Free for All was launched by Paralympian Danny Crates, aiming to make all trips and activities no or low cost to families.
Pupils were involved in exciting projects such as the Comenius project which partnered North with schools in Ireland, Finland, Poland and Italy with children visiting these countries. In 2019 North School students won a national Robot Challenge and represented the UK at the world finals in America.