Schools Strikes Will Damage Children’s Education

This week’s strikes will only serve to damage the education of thousands of children in Southampton and disrupt the lives of hard working parents. Many parents will themselves lose a day’s pay as they have to take the day off work and others will have to pay the cost of making alternative child care arrangements.Southampton’s schools are driving up standards and results are improving year after year. One of the key drivers of improvement is better attendance. The more children are in school the better …

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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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Southampton to Share in New Government Funding for Schools

I was delighted to read yesterday that two Southampton Schools will benefit from the new Priority School Building Programme. Bitterne Park and Cedar School will benefit from the new £2b fund which is aimed at targeting improvements and repairs to those schools most in need of building works. 

I submitted a bid for these schools to the new scheme last year whilst in my role as Cabinet Member for Childrens’ Services and was able to raise the issue of Southampton Schools with the Secretary of State …

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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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Talking About The Government’s Education Reforms

Southampton Schools Move Up The League Tables

Southampton Schools Move Up The League Tables

At a visit to Mayfield Academy earlier today. Mayfield’s results showed a huge improvement last year and their new school building is due to open next month.

The Department of Education today published its GCSE league tables for 2011 and the figures are hugely encouraging for Southampton. Schools and colleges in Southampton completed a clean sweep of the best ever results at GCSE, Key Stage 2, and A Level in 2011. This will reassure parents that education in the city is improving across the board and …

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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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Southampton Pushes Ahead With Solar Energy Plans

Southampton City Council is pushing ahead with ambitious plans to install solar panels on schools, blocks of council flats and civic buildings.This will mean cheaper energy for schools and ultimately the taxpayer, as well as being good news for the environment and a boost to business and jobs.By installing solar PV we will also benefit by selling spare energy to the national grid and will earn money through the government’s feed in tarrif (FiT), money that will help us meet the challenge of reduced council …

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Launch of Southampton’s Junior Road Safety Officer Scheme

I was very pleased this morning to be part of the launch of Southampton’s Junior Road Safety Officer scheme at the Saints football ground. Southampton City council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary officers were joined by pupils and staff from Harefield, Oakwood, Bitterne Manor, St Swithun Wells and Bassett Green schools.The scheme has been piloted over the last few months by 6 year 6 pupils from Harefield who have been engaged in projects to raise awareness of road safety, cycling and green …

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