Archive for January, 2013

Mixed performances for Patchway primaries in KS2 tests

Posted on Tuesday 29th January 2013 at 10:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Holy Family RC Primary School, Stoke Lodge, Patchway, Bristol.

Primary schools in Patchway registered mixed performances in the 2012 Key Stage 2 (KS2) tests, the results of which were published recently.

Holy Family led the field locally with the highest percentage of pupils achieving the expected level in both maths and English (94%, compared to an average of 79% for all state-funded schools in South Gloucestershire).

Holy Family also achieved a good result for the ‘added value’ measure, which looks at how much progress pupils have made between the end of Key Stage 1 (infants) and the end of Key Stage 2 (juniors), placing it 4th out of 82 schools in South Gloucestershire.

St Chads (87%) and Stoke Lodge (85%) both returned above-average scores for maths and English but Coniston (59%) and Callicroft (48%) were well below the local authority average, with Callicroft’s score placing it in the bottom 200 schools in the country, according to The Bristol Post.

Coniston fared much better on the ‘added value’ score, where it came 25th out of the 82 schools in South Gloucestershire.

In their most recent Ofsted inspections, Patchway’s primary schools were all ranked “satisfactory” or above. St Chad’s was rated “outstanding” in 2010, while Stoke Lodge and Holy Family were rated “good” in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

More info: South Gloucestershire Primary League Tables 2012 (BBC)

Related link: Schools in Patchway (The Journal)

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Primary school pupils’ Olympic-inspired book launched at Waterstones

Posted on Saturday 26th January 2013 at 12:12 pm by SH (Editor)

"Gathering of the Winds" book launch at Waterstones, Cribbs Causeway.Students at local primary schools in Patchway. Filton, Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford had their very own book launch in Waterstones, Cribbs Causeway this week.

The book ‘Gathering of the Winds’ was created by artists Matthew Jeanes and Martin Maudsley along with pupils from St Chad’s, Callicroft and Coniston (Patchway); Charborough Road (Filton); Holy Family, Wheatfield and Meadowbrook (Bradley Stoke); and St Michael’s (Stoke Gifford).

The book created as part of the Fusion Festival organised by Patchway Community College and funded by Arts Council England.

The stories were inspired by the Olympic Windsurfing and Sailing events in Portland and Weymouth, with the children inventing “Windy” characters, personifications of the wind, with wonderfully vivid results.

Speaking at the launch, Richard Headon, the Artistic Director for the South West Weymouth Olympic events, said:

“The Gathering of the Winds book was exactly the sort of project we hoped would be created as part of the South West region-wide Cultural Olympiad ‘Battle for the Winds’ celebration of the Olympic sailing at Weymouth and Portland in 2012.”

“Both the artists and the school children involved really embraced the theme of the gathering the winds. Martin and Matt really inspired the children to create some wonderful windy tales illustrated by some fantastic and energetic images. It was great to be able to connect local young people with such a prestigious and international event.”

The event was also attended by Headteachers and Governors of the schools involved, who agreed that they were incredibly proud of the work that had been produced and of being involved in another legacy created from the 2012 Olympics.

Photo: Book launch at the Waterstones store in Cribbs Causeway. L-R: Tom Knights (book designer), Matt Jeanes (illustrator), Geoff Howell (Chair of Governors at Patchway Community College), Martin Maudsley (writer), Sherie Humphries (Creative Agent at Patchway Community College) and Richard Headon (Artistic Director of SW Olympic events for Weymouth).

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Mall shake-up: Several major stores to close

Posted on Friday 25th January 2013 at 9:07 pm by SH (Editor)

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

A number of major stores, including Burton, Miss Selfridge, Evans and Monsoon, will be leaving The Mall at Cribbs Causeway this March, according to a report in today’s Bristol Post.

French Connection may also be leaving, while other stores including Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and East are to become concessions within other shops in the centre.

Other stores, including WHSmith, are to move into different sized units that are “more suited to their current requirements”, while some new names are said to be in discussion about taking up space in the centre.

The changes have been sparked by leases coming up for renewal and difficult trading conditions within the retail industry.

The shake-up comes just months after a Government inspector threw out South Gloucestershire Council’s plan to allow a major expansion of retailing at Cribbs Causeway, claiming that the proposal “had not been sufficiently justified” and “could harm other centres in the sub-region”.

Jon Edwards, Commercial Director of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, commented:

“The Mall is currently undergoing a period of change as several shop leases are coming up for renewal, which is not uncommon at major shopping centres. As part of this we are pleased to report that advanced negotiations are underway with a number of tenants about exciting plans to upsize and enhance stores, while a host of new names are in discussions with us about opening at The Mall.”

More: "Mall remains a popular shopping destination," says boss »

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Charity seeks five full-time ‘Community Organisers’

Posted on Friday 25th January 2013 at 9:26 am by SH (Editor)

Southern Brooks Community Partnership.

Local charity Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP) has announced the availability of five full-time ‘Community Organiser’ posts from 1st April 2013.

Working with CVS South Gloucestershire and Chase & Kingsforest Community Project, SBCP is taking part in a national scheme to “listen” to 500 local residents over the next 12 months. They have opportunities for five full-time posts, working for between 30 and 35 hours a week at £8.50/hour.

The appointments will be for 51 weeks from 1st April and the successful applicants will be hosted by SBCP.

You will need to be passionate about communities and believe that local people can be the catalyst for change. You will receive comprehensive training and support and work as part of a small team of Community Organisers. You will need to be able to commit to attending a three-day residential and to be able to work flexible working hours, including evenings and weekends.

Opportunities exist for working in Patchway, Filton, Bradley Stoke, Yate and Kingswood.

There may be the opportunity to extend the roles beyond the initial 51 weeks, subject to funding.

The closing date is 9am on Monday 18th February and applications need to be submitted by application form (no CVs) available from the Jobs page of the SBCP website (or ring 01454 868570).

An information session is being held on Tuesday 5th February from 5pm to 7pm at Coniston Community Centre, which will allow potential applicants to find out more about the roles.

Shortlisted candidates will need to attend an assessment day during the week commencing 4th March, for which expenses will be paid.

Related link: Jobs in Patchway and Cribbs Causeway (The Journal)

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