Schools on strike tomorrow

Teachers from the NUT are on strike tomorrow.

The NUT says the strike demands are to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

Is your child’s school open or closed tomorrow? This listing is based on information from the County Council, the Cambridge News and school websites.

Abbey Meadows Primary School Closed

Abbots Ripton Primary School Closed

Alconbury Primary School Open

Alderman Jacobs Primary School Partially open

Alderman Payne Primary School Partially open

All Saints Primary School

Arbury Primary School Closed

Ashbeach Primary School Open

Babraham Primary School Open

Bar Hill Primary School Open

Barnabas Oley Primary School Partially open

Barrington Primary School Open

Barton Primary School Closed

Bassingbourn Primary School Open

Bassingbourn Village College Closed

Beaupre Primary School Open

Bellbird Primary School Open

Benwick Primary School Open

Bewick Bridge Primary Open

Bottisham Primary School Open

Bottisham Village College Partially open

Bourn Primary School –

Brampton Village Primary School Open

Brington Primary School Open

Brunswick Nursery School Open

Buckden Primary School

Burrough Green Primary School Open

Burrowmoor Primary School Open

Burwell Village College (Primary) Open

Bury Primary School Open

Bushmead Primary School Open

Caldecote Primary School Open

Cambourne Village College

Castle Camps Primary School Open

Castle Special School Closed

Cavalry Primary School Partially closed

Centre School, Cottenham Open

Cherry Hinton Primary Open

Chesterton Community College Open

Chesterton Primary School –

Cheveley Primary School Partially open

Clarkson Infant School Partially open

Coates Primary School Open

Coleridge Community College School Open

Colleges Nursery and Family Centre Closed

Colville Primary School Open (partially closed)

Comberton Village College Open

Coton Primary School Open

Cottenham Primary School Partially open

Cottenham Village College Open

County School, Cambridge Open

County School, Fenland Open

County School, Huntingdon Open

Cromwell Community College

Cromwell Park Primary School Open

Crosshall Infant School Open

Crosshall Junior School –

Ditton Lodge Community Primary School Open

Downham Feoffees Primary School Partially open

Dry Drayton Primary School Closed

Duxford Primary School Open

Earith Primary School Partially open

Eastfield Infant and Nursery School Open

Elm Primary School Partially open

Elm Road Primary School Open

Elsworth Primary School Open

Elton Primary School Open

Ely College Partially open

Ely St John’s Primary School Partially open

Ely St Mary’s Junior School Partially open

Ernulf Academy Partially open

Eynesbury Primary School Partially open

Farcet Primary School Open

Fawcett Primary School Partially open

Fen Ditton Primary School Open

Fen Drayton Primary School Open

Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School Open

Folksworth Primary School Open

Fordham Primary School Partially open

Fourfields Primary School Open

Fowlmere Primary School Open

Foxton Primary School Open

Friday Bridge Primary School Open

Fulbourn Primary School Partially open

Gamlingay First School Open

Gamlingay Village College Open

Girton Glebe Primary School Partially open

Glebelands Primary School Open

Godmanchester Primary School Open

Gorefield Primary School Open

Granta Special School Open

Great Abington Primary School Open

Great Gidding Primary School Partially open

Great and Little Shelford Primary School Partially open

Great Paxton Primary School Closed

Great Staughton Primary School Open

Great Wilbraham Primary School Open

Grove Primary School Open

Guilden Morden Primary School Open

Guyhirn Primary School Open

Harbour Special School Partially open

Hardwick Primary School Partially open

Harston and Newton Primary School Open

Hartford Infants’ School Open

Hartford Junior School Open

Haslingfield Primary School Open

Hatton Park Primary School –

Hauxton Primary School Open

Hemingford Grey Primary School Partially open

Highfield Special School Partially open

Hinchingbrooke School Partially open

Histon Early Years Centre Open

Histon and Impington Infant School Closed

Histon and Impington Junior School –

Holme Primary School –

Holywell Primary School Partially open

Homerton Nursery School Open

Houghton Primary School Open

Huntingdon Nursery School Open

Huntingdon Primary School Open

Icknield Primary School Open

Impington Village College Partially open

Isleham Primary School Open

Jeavons Wood Primary School Open

Kennett Primary School Open

Kettlefields Primary School Open

Kimbolton Primary Academy Open

Kinderley Primary School Open

Kings Hedges Nursery School Open

Kings Hedges Primary School Open

Kingsfield Primary School Partially open

Lantern Primary School Partially open

Leverington Primary School –

Linton Heights Junior School Partially open

Linton Infants’ School Open

Linton Village College Partially open

Lionel Walden Primary School Open

Little Paxton Primary School Open

Little Thetford Primary School Open

Littleport Primary School Open

Longsands Academy Partially open

Manea Primary School Open

Maple Grove Infant School Open

Mayfield Primary School Partially open

Meadow Primary School Open

Meadowgate Special School Open

Melbourn Primary School Open

Melbourn Village College Open

Meldreth Primary School Open

Mepal and Witcham Primary School Open

Meridian Primary School Open

Middlefield Primary School

Millfield Primary School Open

Milton Primary School Partially open

Milton Road Primary School Partially open

Monkfield Park Primary School Partially open

Morley Memorial Primary School Partially open

Murrow Primary School –

Neale-Wade Community College Partially open

Nene Infant & Ramnoth Junior Academy Open

Netherhall School Closed

New Road Primary School Open

Newnham Croft Primary School Open

Newton Primary School Closed
North Cambridge Academy –

Oakington Primary School Open

Offord Primary School Open

Orchard Park Primary School Partially open

Orchards Primary School Closed

Over Primary School Open

Park Lane Primary School Open

Park Street Primary School Open

Parkside Community College –

Peckover Primary School –

Pendragon Community Primary School Open

Petersfield Primary School Open

Pilgrim Pru Open

Priory Junior School Open

Priory Park Infant School Open

Queen Edith Primary School Partially open

Queen Emma Primary School Partially open

Rackham Primary School Open

Ramsey Junior School Open

Ramsey Spinning Infant School Open

Ridgefield Primary School Partially open

Robert Arkenstall Primary School Open

Round House Primary School –

Samuel Pepys Special School Closed

Sawston Village College – Open

Sawtry Community College Partially open

Sawtry Infants School Open

Sawtry Junior School Open

Shirley Primary and Nursery School Partially open

Sir Harry Smith Community College

Soham Village College Open

Somersham Primary School Open

Spaldwick Primary School Open

Spinney Primary School Open

Spring Common Special School Partially open

Spring Meadow Infant School Closed

St Alban’s Primary School Closed

St Andrew’s Primary School Open

St Anne’s Primary School Open

St Bede’s Inter-Church School Partially open

St Helen’s Primary School Partially open

St Ivo School –

St John’s Primary School, Huntingdon Partially open

St Laurence’s Primary School Closed

St Luke’s Primary School, Cambridge Open

St Mary’s Primary School Open

St Matthew’s Primary School Closed

St Paul’s Primary School Open

St Peter’s Junior School, Wisbech Partially open

St Peter’s Secondary School, Huntingdon Partially open

St Philip’s Primary School Partially open

Stapleford Primary School Open

Steeple Morden Primary School Open

Stilton Primary School Open

Stretham Primary School Open

Stukeley Meadows Primary School Open

Sutton Primary School Partially open

Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School Open

Swaffham Prior Primary School Open

Swavesey Primary School Open

Swavesey Village College –

Teversham Primary School Open

The Fields Children’s Centre Closed

The Shade Primary school Open

Thomas Clarkson Community College Open

Thomas Eaton Primary School Open

Thongsley Fields Primary School Open

Thorndown Primary School Partially open

Thriplow Primary School open

Townley Primary School Open

Trinity School: Fenland Open

Trinity School: Foxton Open

Trinity School: Hartford Open

Trumpington Meadows Partially open

Upwood Primary School Open

Vine Inter-Church Primary School Open

Warboys Primary School Open

Waterbeach Community Primary School Closed

Weatheralls Primary School Partially open

Westfield Junior School Partially open

Westwood Junior School Partially open

Wheatfields Primary School Open

Wilburton Primary School Open

William Westley Primary School Open

William de Yaxley Junior School Partially open

Willingham Primary School Open

Winhills Primary School –

Wisbech St Mary Primary School Open

Witchford Village College –

Wyton on the Hill Primary School Open

Yaxley Infant School Open

*Information from Cambridgeshire County Council and school websites. If you have additional information, please add a comment.

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The new Queen Edith … opening up soon

qe2_3264SmThe new pub on Wulfstan Way is looking more and more like a welcome house, and we are looking forward to enjoying a drink there soon. Another good sign is that the owners have submitted their licence application – have a look here: Queen Edith licence premises licence application and comment if you wish to by 17th March.

The Focus Team was in Wulfstan Way today and by chance, so were Richard and Helen, from the company that owns the pub, and they kindly showed us round. They told us completion could be late April or early May.

 

Who was Queen Edith?

Who was Queen Edith, and why is the south-eastern tip of Cambridge named after a queen who was born before the 11th-century architects had designed the castle?

When 21st-century architect Jeremy Lander moved to Nightingale Avenue in Queen Edith’s, he was intrigued as to how the area got its name. At the time he had no idea of the connection between his children’s school, the Queen Edith Primary School and King Harold, let alone an obscure Saxon noblewoman called Edith Swan Neck …

When Jeremy asked people why the area was named Queen Edith’s, he was told it was named after Queen Edith the wife of Edward the Confessor. He was left ‘unsatisfied’ by this explanation, and, in his own words, ‘dug a little deeper’.

He will be sharing his discoveries at Rock Road Library on Wednesday 2nd October with a talk entitled The story of a Saxon king, his lover, and a Cambridge suburb.

The event is being arranged by the Friends of Rock Road Library, and is free of charge, though donations are welcome. Refreshments are provided. No need to book; just turn up on the night. Doors open at 7.45pm.

Wednesday 2nd October, 8-9.30pm, Rock Road Library, 8-9.30pm.

Postscript: For those who were unable to get to Jeremy’s talk, here is a link to his post on Queen Edith’s identity and the history of our area: http://queen-ediths.co.uk/why-is-this-area-of-cambridge-called-queen-ediths/.

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…)

A Queen Edith II?

The Queen Edith Public House on Wulfstan Way closed at the turn of the year. I miss it.

Readers will remember that the previous owners, Punch Taverns, made an unsuccessful bid to demolish their pub and replace it with housing. This was vigorously opposed by local residents, and when it went to the Cambridge South Area meeting for decision, was rejected by councillors.

Despite being saved from the JCBs, the pub later fell to the VAT-man, and all this year, we have been without a pub on Wulfstan Way. In fact, there is no pub within the Queen Edith’s ward at all.

So I am pleased to see that the new owners of the property, Danescroft Commercial Limited, are proposing to create a new mixed development on the site, comprising flats and a community pub.

Here is a leaflet outlining their proposals. What do you think?

You may receive a printed version if you live near the site, but Danescroft kindly said we could link to it here as well. Please send any comments in to Mr Andrew Hodgson at the address on the leaflet by 1st November so that local views can inform the detailed planning proposal.

Parking Plan comes to Queen Edith’s, 30th August

Are you plagued with too much parking in your street?

Well, there’s a fine rhetorical question. I would be able to get a ‘yes’ answer to that question in almost any street in Queen Edith’s.

We have some very big traffic generators: Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road and Long Road VI Form Colleges. So – lots of commuter parking, blighting the local environment and causing practical difficulties, such as not being able to park your own car, being blocked in by strangers’ vehicles, not being able to see the way ahead clearly because of obstructions…

I and other members of the Queen Edith’s Liberal Democrat Focus Team have many times called for solutions from the Conservative-run County Council, the authority responsible for traffic management and parking controls. We have had some successes, with yellow lines in particular streets – but we feel the County Council has not given commuter parking the attention it deserves. After all, it is our local environment!

And the challenge is bigger than just one street. Removing parking in one area can mean the cars just move to another street and annoy somebody else. That’s why we have pushed for creative thinking, looking at the area as a whole. Pressure from the team, notably our county councillor Geoff Heathcock, has got the County to set up an Area Parking Plan looking at the whole of the south of the city. The County Council will soon be writing to residents in the worst affected streets to tell everyone about the Plan.

This Parking Plan has not been moving as fast as we would like, so in April, Cllr Geoff Heathcock and I asked Cambridgeshire County Council officers to visit the South Area committee and report on progress, which they did. See here for a report of that meeting. And at Geoff’s request, the officers will be visiting Queen Edith’s on 30th August to answer questions about their proposals, as a prelude to exhibitions in the autumn.

Please come along if you can. 

SOUTH CAMBRIDGE PARKING PLAN MEETING

7.30pm, Thursday 30th August

St James’s Church, Wulfstan Way

Meeting arranged at the request of the Queen Edith’s Liberal Democrats Focus Team and ward councillors

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If you would like to keep up to date with the parking review and other local issues, please drop one of us an email, and we’ll add you to our email newsletter circulation list.

New play equipment for Holbrook Park

Holbrook Road has a small park with a children’s playground and football area, a few doors away from Homerton Children’s Centre. It has a range of play equipment: a slide, wooden climbing frame/ obstacle course, swings, a few springy things, football goalposts and a picnic table.

The wooden equipment came about as a result of a petition by local youngsters in 1996 and the picnic table was also something requested by local residents, so there is a tradition of the community having an input. When I heard that the City Council was planning to spruce the park up and instal a few new pieces of kit, I asked if we could run a small survey of park users. The Council has agreed we can canvass local views.

There is enough money for two new things, one piece from Category 1 only, and both from Category 2 if required. Please take a look at the pieces of equipment shown here and let me know what you think. All opinions welcome, especially children’s!

Feel free to comment here, email me at [email protected], or drop a note through my door (41 Holbrook Road).

CATEGORY 1: Rotators (small carousels with an original off-axis turning mechanism that provides an extra twist!)

Rotator 1

Rotator 2

CATEGORY 2: Small climbing unit or Springy Unit

Climber 1

Climber 1 (alternative view)

Springy Unit

Cheers to the Council: have your say on defending pubs in Cambridge

Queen Edith’s residents will remember the public concern two years ago, when Punch Taverns, the owners of the old Queen Edith wanted to knock the building down and replace it with housing. As councillors we supported the strong local opposition to getting rid of a pub, and we argued that the pub was an important community facility. See previous post.

Sadly, even though we were able to defeat the planning application in 2010, the Queen Edith closed because of other problems. Unless and until the Queen Edith’s re-opens, there is not a single pub in this ward. Pubs provide an important community hub, and the principle that pubs matter though, is still one I vigorously defend.

Too many pubs are closing in the city, and it’s important to give them some protection. Liberal Democrat-run Cambridge City Council is proposing a new planning rule to say pubs can only be turned over to housing or other uses if they are no longer needed as pubs. Anyone wishing to change the use would have to justify their proposals.

The Council is running a consultation until 27th July. To express your view on the new rule, please comment on the City Council’s website, or if you prefer to write a letter, drop it in at the Council’s Customer Service Centre, or send it via the Queen Edith’s Focus Team.

Parliamentary constituency boundary review hearing on now in Cambridge!

The Government is conducting a review of parliamentary constituency boundaries, to cut down the number of MPs and even up the number of people in each parliamentary constituency, ie the number who elect each MP. The Boundary Commission is responsible for carrying out the review and they are holding a hearing at the Gonville Hotel in Cambridge now (10th-11th November)

As readers of the Queen Edith’s Focus and this website will know (Queen Edith’s is in Cambridge!), I am disappointed that they are not taking this opportunity to restore Queen Edith’s to its rightful place as part of the Cambridge City constituency, and I have made a submission to the Boundary Commission, which I reproduce at the end of this post.

You can comment in person at the Gonville Hotel Cambridge hearing today, or on line at the Boundary Commission’s website before 5th December.

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