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Google hangout could save PCC and local schools £’s

by Cllr Darren Fower on 24 May, 2017

What’s this to do with? There’s been a lot of talk about schools facing financial pressures and, of course, Peterborough City Council, in recent months. Sadly, the City Council and many local schools, still spend far too much time sending PDFs, “trying” to arrange meetings, acknowledging apologies and trying to get awareness for events. So, […]

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A university in Peterborough by ………. 2022?

by Cllr Darren Fower on 19 May, 2017

So what’s this about? Well you know that issue, that many people think is an urban myth, about Peterborough getting what most describe as a “proper” university? Well, according to the Principle of Peterborough Regional College, the earliest we can expect to see one is 2022. Have a listen to the interview below and then […]

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What’s this to do with? At a meeting of the Council’s Children and Education Scrutiny Committee, on which I sit on as the Lib Dem rep, we were told that, the new secondary schools at Hampton Gardens and Paston Reserve “…would provide a buffer to the additional capacity required in the City.” The report also […]

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What’s this to do with? Well the area, popularly known as Manor Drive, is presently experiencing a high volume of development. In recent times, due to shortages in school places locally, the Tories at the Town, announced they’d be scrapping previously agreed affordable housing, in order to agree to build a new primary and secondary school, […]

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What’s this about then? As reported last year, the Tory government is pretty much forcing schools to become academies, and it’s said that every school in Peterborough will be run by an academy trust by 2025. However, as detailed in this years Budget Consultation document, the Tory controlled City Council in Peterborough, say they expect to […]

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What’s this to do with? As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph recently, Tories at the Town Hall, have decided to pay education specialists £150,000 “..to help improve primary school results.” These “experts” are from an organisation called Success for All, which is based in Cathedral Square, and apparently they’ll be helping the five most under […]

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What’s this to do with? A recent article in the Peterborough Telegraph, reported that a recipient of a ‘Literacy Hero’ award by the National Literacy Trust, Richard O’Neill, had said the “…council should not use high levels of immigration as a reason for it having the second worst results from pupils leaving primary school.” His comments […]

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What’s this to do with? Well basically, it relates to the recent news that the Voyager Academy has been taken over by the Thomas Deacon Academy Education Trust. The academy had been run by the Cam Academy Trust. You may remember that the school had previously been placed in to special measures? It is currently rated as ‘Requires […]

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New Schools located at Manor Drive, Gunthorpe, will open ……

by Cllr Darren Fower on 11 August, 2016

  During our door knocking exercises this year, one of the big questions from residents living along or just off Manor Drive relates to what is happening with the plan to build schools at the location. So at a previous Full Council meeting I stood up and asked the Leader of the City Council what […]

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of becoming a School Governor at Gunthorpe Primary School, and following my first meeting, I have to say I am encouraged by the commitment and ideas shown by other members of the board. I’ve been a governor before at Ken Stimpson, and earlier in the year, at a committee meeting, […]

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