Let’s Slow Down The Traffic In Freemantle

As local councillors for Freemantle Ward, speeding traffic is one of the top issues raised with me and my colleague Brian Parnell, by local people.Being close to the city centre many of the roads are used as rat runs to get into town and to the station and they can get very busy indeed.Also the local schools have grown enormously. When I first became a school governor at Freemantle school it was a small infant school. Today it is a primary with 500 children. Similarly …

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Ranelagh Gardens’ new Community Garden

Ranelagh Gardens’ new Community Garden

Last week end I was very pleased to be at the opening of the new community garden in Ranelagh Gardens in Banister Park. An enormous amount of work has gone into turning an empty piece of land into a great space for the local community. The local residents’ association has done an amazing job and have worked with the city council, Radio Solent and the local Probation Service over the past 2 years. As well as being enjoyed by local residents the garden will used …

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60th Birthday Celebrations for Banister School!

60th Birthday Celebrations for Banister School!

I was delighted to join Banister School on Wednesday for their 60th birthday celebrations. The school was first opened on 23rd April 1953. Built by a former aircraft manufacturer seeking to diversify their business after the war, the building was only intended to last 15 years. Wednesday’s birthday celebrations were also an opportunity to mark the progress of the building of the new school which is due to open in September. The event was marked by the launching of Chinese lanterns from the outside learning …

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New Banister School Agreed By City Planners

Today the Council’s Planning and Rights of Way Panel considered the planning application for the new Banister School.

The new school will be open in September next year and will cater from a growing number of primary age pupils in area. The existing school is now very old and is long past its sell by date. It has for some time been the aspiration of many, including myself, to rebuild the school and extra government money secured last year by the City Council makes this possible. …

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Conservative Action All Year Round

Conservative Action All Year Round

Our Work This Year Alone…April 2012Freemantle Spring Clean underway. Attending local residents’ association meetings promoting our new No Cold Calling Zones. Meeting with the police to discuss the problem of street drinking.March 2012Secretary of State for Education officially opens Freemantle Academy’s new Junior School building. Funding secured for improvements to the Civil Service Sports Ground. Residents updated on Helius’ latest Biomass plans. New planning rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation come into force.February 2012Civil Service Sports Ground saved from development. Council Tax frozen once again. …

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Southampton Secures £3.9M from Government for local Schools

Great news for Southampton Schools! £3.89M of extra government funding is coming to Southampton to help meet the growing demand new primary school places in the city.Southampton’s Conservative Councillors already have a detailed plan to expand primary school provision, including rebuilding both Banister School and Wordsworth School in 2013 and remodelling Moorlands School. This extra money will help ensure we get the best possible outcomes for local primary children. We have published our manifesto for schools and young people as we approach the local elections on 3rd May. …

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Banister School Rebuild Consultation Evening

A consultation meeting for the proposed redevelopment of Banister Infant School is taking place at the school in Archers Road between 18:00 and 19:30, on 12 March 2012.

At the event, you will be able to view plans for the new building as well as the projected programme of works for the entire scheme. You will also have a chance to discuss these with the school, the local authority, the scheme architects and the preferred bidder for the scheme and have the opportunity to provide us …

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Banister School Rebuild Given the Green Light

Banister School Rebuild Given the Green Light

Freemantle Councillor, Michael Ball in Archers Road, outside Banister School

I am delighted to report that the City Council will be investing in a complete rebuild for Banister School. Conservative Councillors have been pushing for this for some time.  

A number of schools in the city are expanding to meet the growing demand for primary places. The greatest demand is in the central part of the city and in Freemantle Ward. All of the Junior and Infant schools in the ward are going to become ‘all though’ primary schools and …

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Boost to Pupil Premium will mean more funding for local schools

The government’s Pupil Premium to support disadvantaged children will mean a big boost to the funding of local schools. Next year the pupil premium is set to rise to £600 for each Free School Meals eligible pupil.

Taking pupil numbers for January 2011 this means that Freemantle schools will receive the following Pupil Premium next year, over and above their normal school budgets.

Regents Park Community College: £174,600Banister Infant School: £21,000Foundry Lane Primary School: £59,400Freemantle Academy: £25,200St Mark’s CofE Primary School: £77,400

The Pupil Premium is great …

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Funding Boost for Local Children

The Coalition government is keeping its promise to spend more on schools and to target extra funding towards the most deprived parts of the country.

The details of the funding settlement for Southampton schools has now been announced. On average Southampton schools will receive an extra 3.4% in funding in this coming year and this includes more than £2.7m extra in the form of the new Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium means that extra funding is targeted to support children who receive Free School Meals and …

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