Archive for April, 2015

Coniston Primary School rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Posted on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 3:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Coniston Primary School, Patchway, celebrate the school's 'good' Ofsted report.

Staff and pupils at Coniston Primary School in Patchway are celebrating after receiving a positive report from schools inspector Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school in March and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’, with all of the five individual areas reviewed also assessed as ‘good’.

Nigel Isaac, headteacher, welcomed the report, saying:

“I am delighted to receive such a positive report. I am particularly pleased that it recognises the hard work and commitment from the whole school community over the past few years, as well as the ambition we all share to continue to improve and achieve our goal of providing the very best possible education for our children.”

The report’s summary highlights how children enjoy school, work hard in lessons and play well together in the playground, describing the school as “a happy place”. The inspection team were full of praise for the school, noting the “significant improvements” that have been made since the previous inspection in 2013.

Inspectors stated:

“Leaders, including governors, have successfully improved teaching and behaviour since the previous inspection so that both are now good. As a result, pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and their attainment is rising quickly.”

More: "Good progress is made by all children" »

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Budget boost for Bristol Aerospace Museum

Posted on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 3:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Airfield's hangar 16S, where the main heritage exhibition of the proposed Bristol Aero Museum will be located.

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust has been awarded a £2 million grant from the LIBOR fund (of fines imposed on banks) to support the creation of the Bristol Aerospace Centre, an aerospace industrial museum and learning centre on Filton’s historic airfield site, one of the birthplaces of British aviation.

The new museum will be located on the Patchway side of the former airfield, close to Hayes Way, the new road which links the A38 Gloucester Road with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Lloyd Burnell, Project Director of the Trust said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the Chancellor announced, in his recent budget, the award of £2 million of LIBOR funding for the Bristol Aerospace Centre and are extremely grateful to Jack Lopresti, MP for Bradley Stoke and Filton for his tireless campaigning on our behalf.”

“This exciting new £16 million project, which will also provide a fitting home for Concorde, is already supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, industry partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, and South Gloucestershire Council.”

The Chancellor, George Osborne said:

“In every Budget we have used LIBOR fines paid by those who have demonstrated the worst in values, to support those who represent the very best of British values. Jack Lopresti brought to my attention the proposal for a new museum to commemorate the UK flying heritage at Filton in Bristol. At the Budget I was pleased to announce £2 million for the Bristol Aerospace Centre to help fund this important project to preserve our aviation history.”

Jack Lopresti MP says:

“The £2m from George Osborne for the Bristol Aero Collection Trust is fantastic news and means that the Concorde and aviation museum should actually go ahead. The Bristol Aerospace Centre project is a fitting tribute to Concorde and the rest of our aerospace heritage in Filton; honouring the people who have made such a contribution to Britain’s aerospace industry, and the defence of the realm, for over a century.”

More: Airfield site includes two Grade II listed hangars »

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Stoke Lodge is split from Patchway to form new civil parish

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 11:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

A new civil parish has been created in north Bristol after the Stoke Lodge area was separated from Patchway following a campaign by local councillors.

The parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common, with an electorate of around 1,700, was officially created on 1st April 2015.

Until the elections in May, when councillors will be elected for the first time, the new parish council will operate in a skeleton form, with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) acting in a caretaking role.

The development comes four years after Andy Alsop, who at the time represented the Stoke Lodge ward on Patchway Town Council, presented a 500-signature petition to a meeting of SGC’s Full Council, calling for a new parish to be formed.

Cllr Alsop’s petition stated: “We believe that continuing as part of Patchway Town Council is not appropriate for us. We are distinct from the area on the west side of the A38 and wish to run our own affairs.” It also claimed that Stoke Lodge contributed 30% of Patchway Town Council’s “rates”, but had only 20% of the seats on its council.

Receipt of the petition triggered a Community Governance Review, which in turn led to the residents of Stoke Lodge being consulted about whether they wished to form a new parish, join with a neighbouring town/parish (Bradley Stoke or Stoke Gifford) or maintain the status quo.

A total of 894 consultation leaflets were issued to Stoke Lodge households and 720 were returned and verified – an 80% response rate. And of the verified responses, more than 80% indicated a wish to have a new parish council created.

Final sign-off for the creation of a new parish was given by SGC’s Full Council in May 2013.

SGC has appointed Natalie Carr as the interim parish clerk. She can be contacted on 01454 868198. Information about forthcoming council meetings will be posted on noticeboards.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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