Morley Memorial development

mlysch1The County Council is planning to develop our local primary school on Blinco Grove, Morley Memorial – but the determination of the planning application has been deferred yet again, and is now scheduled for the Planning Committee meeting on 16th March.

It should have been determined last December, but the traffic statement contained serious omissions and was sent back for further work.

We hope that the decision will be made soon, to allow the school to get on with its development. For more information on the plans, see here.

 

Child Safety Concern

I have been made aware of the following safety concern, from the information shown below that our local secondary school has sent to its pupils.

‘We have been made aware of a disturbing incident which took place last night when a Parkside student was apprehended by a man in a car as she was walking from a dance class on Emmanuel Street at around 5.30pm.

The man in question appeared to be of Chinese / Far Eastern origin and at first asked directions to the cemetery in Mill Road. He then asked if she would get into his car to show him the route. She refused. He then asked for directions to primary schools in the area so that he could ‘ask directions ‘again.

This description also fits a man who has approached students from Parkside and other schools in the area over the past week. On other occasions he was on a bike and tried to engage them in conversation asking directions, questions, and trying to exchange contact details.

Once again he wanted details of nearby primary schools.

The man speaks with a slight American accent. On these occasions he was wearing glasses and wore a black jacket with silver panels down the side.

The Police have been informed of all incidents.

We would ask you as parents to contact the police at once if your child reports any incident.’

Thank you

Morley Memorial School Fête this afternoon

feteToday, Saturday July 6, Morley Memorial Primary School holds its annual school fête.

There is something for everyone: face-painting, bouncy castles and trampolines for the under 8s, arts and crafts for the creative types, and plenty of scope for finding a bargain or something special from the various stalls, which include local businesses such as Phoenix Cards and Orchard Toys.

There will also be a wide range of stalls selling plants, cakes white elephant, books and toys.

Morley fêtes are well known for their great range of international food, with dishes from different parts of the world. This year, the school is welcoming special guests from Inder’s Kitchen.

1.00-3.30pm, Blinco Grove.

Congratulations, Queen Emma!

Queens' FederationWell done to Queen Emma Primary School, which has just received a ‘good school’ rating on its first OFSTED report. This is very impressive, as the main school has only been open for 18 months, and the nursery only 3 weeks!

The Queen Emma, on the old Netherhall site in Gunhild Way, is the sister school of the well established Queen Edith’s Primary School in Godwin Way. Both are run under the aegis of the Queens’ Federation.

The school was judged good in terms of overall effectiveness, and outstanding in two areas: pupil behaviour and leadership and management.

Click here to download a copy of the OFSTED report.RV5 Final 400316

Queen Edith’s schools receive extra funding through Lib Dem Pupil Premium

Four-key-Lib-Dem-manifesto-commitmentsLiberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have given Cambridgeshire schoolchildren a £12 million Christmas present – and a quarter of a million pounds of this is coming to schools in Queen Edith’s.

The cash is an increase in the Pupil Premium funding, which targets extra money to schools to be spent on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. ‘A fair start for every child’ is one of the Liberal Democrats’ four core policies from our 2010 manifesto, now being delivered by the Coalition Government.

In Queen Edith’s schools, 276 pupils are expected to be eligible, meaning that our schools are set to benefit from nearly a quarter of a million pounds to support struggling children. Pupil Premium funding in previous years has been spent on a number of initiatives, including IT support, one-to-one tuition where needed, mentoring, and extra support for children with special educational needs. (more…)