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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St Marks School Community Forum Dates

The date for the next St Marks School Community Forum will be on Tuesday 26th March, with a Bike It presentation at 6:30pm and Community Forum at 7:00pm. The one after this will be on Wednesday 3rd July. All meetings will be in the school hall and begin for coffee at 6:30 with a presentation of some sort and the meeting beginning at 7pm.All are welcome!

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Plans for the Civil Service Sports Ground

Plans for the Civil Service Sports Ground

How the field might be laid out for community and school use

The emerging plans for the former Civil Service Sports Ground are very exciting indeed. The field will be opened up to schools and the community next year and I am hopeful that we can achieve this by the spring or the summer at the latest. The sooner we can get the site tidied up and into use the better. I think the field will very soon become the heart of the local community in …

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Thank You to the Friends of the Field

Thank You to the Friends of the Field

Last night the Mayor of Southampton, Terry Matthews, hosted an event in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in the 10 year campaign to save the Civil Service Sports Ground. It was great to bring together local residents, local headteachers, school governors and councillors to formally recognise all the work that has been put in over the years and a chance to plan for the future for this fantastic open space in the middle …

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Half A Million Pound Boost For Civil Service Sports Ground

At today’s Council meeting I was very pleased to approve £550,000 for improvements to the former Civil Service Sports Ground and to bring it back into use for the benefit of local schools and the wider community.

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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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Civil Service Ground Update

Progress is being made by the City Council to acquire the former Civil Service Sports Ground, behind Malmesbury Road. The council received approval earlier this year from the Secretary of State for Education to Compulsory Purchase the land. The Council intends that the land is used as playing fields for local schools, including neighbouring St Marks School, as well as community use. As part of the process the council has submitted a planning application to register the land as open space. The decision will be …

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Southampton Welcomes Home Local Heroes

Thousands of local people, young and old, turned out on Tuesday to welcome home the troops of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment.The support from local people was fantastic. Over 500 school children, including children from St Marks in Freemantle joined in, enthusiastically waving flags. A 40ft Union Jack blew in the wind over the parade, suspended from a crane. It was a proud day for those soldiers receiving their service medals. It was also very emotional given the recent escalation of casualties in Afghanistan …

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Cash Boost for Freemantle Schools

Local Schools such as St Marks, Freemantle, Foundry Lane and Banister will gain a share of new funding set aside for Primary Schools by the new Conservative Council. £5.8m has been allocated to provide extra facilities for expanding local schools and to improve standards. The decision to allocate the extra funds was taken today following an extensive review of primary school provision in the Freemantle and Central areas of the city.

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