Thursday, 22 December 2016

Reading's Key Stage 2 results in perspective

To put this year's Key Stage 2 results in perspective, of 152 councils, Reading's position over the last 4 years:

2013 - 149th / 2014 - 130th / 2015 - 103rd / 2016 - 50th

We are working hard to keep this trend heading in the right direction!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Public Surgeries 2017

David, Jan and Tony work for Redlands all the year round
Councilllors David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones are pleased to announce the dates and venues of their public surgeries for residents in Redlands in 2017.

"Just Walk In" surgeries are held on the second Saturday of every month, alternately at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road and at the Hexham Road Community Centre. 

Surgery hours are 10.30am until noon.

No appointment is necessary, and all discussions are confidential.

The calendar for 2017 is as follows:
  • January 14th - St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
  • February 11th - Hexham Road Community Centre
  • March 11th - St Lukes
  • April 8th - Hexham Road 
  • May 13th - St Lukes
  • June 10th - Hexham Road 
  • July 8th - St Lukes 
  • August 12th - Hexham Road 
  • September 9th - St Lukes 
  • October 14th - Hexham Road 
  • November 11th - St Lukes 
  • December 9th - Hexham Road 
We also undertake regular "street surgeries" on  most other Saturdays in the year. 

This is where we deliver notices to you a day or two beforehand, then on the following Saturday morning, if you want to see us you all  you have to do is put up the "Please Call In" notice in your window.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Reading Pupils Above National Average in Key Stage 2 Results

READING'S children are performing above the national average according to figures released today.

The Key Stage 2 statistics show 56 per cent of Reading pupils are achieving the expected standard compared with 53 per cent nationally.

This ranks Reading at 50th out of 152 local authorities compared to 103rd last year.

Reading has improved its ranking across a wide range of key measures:
  • 71% of pupils in Early Years achieved a Good Level of Development. Nationally this was 66%, improving our ranking from 65 to 45.
  • At Key Stage 1: 61.2% of pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths and this is also above the National Average.
  • 56% of pupils achieved the expected standard at the end of primary school, which is 3% above the national proportion.
Every primary school in Reading is above the Department for Education's minimum target and, when taken cumulatively, the individual progress measures reported for each school would put Reading above the expected standard.

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading's Lead Member for Education, said:

"These Key Stage 2 figures are very welcome and demonstrate how far we have come in delivering improvements in education in primary schools in Reading.
I would like to congratulate all the headteachers, staff and pupils for the hard work put into these new style tests which were much more rigorous than previous years.
We will continue to work with all schools to ensure improvements continue to be made in all areas"

Monday, 12 December 2016

Surjit Singh Kainth - RIP

Earlier today I attended the funeral of Surjit Singh Kainth - or as he was fondly known to many in Whitley / Redlands, "Ken".

Surjit was a very well-respected member of many communities and organisations across Reading, free to offer his help as readily as his opinions! He will be greatly missed.

"My heart is full of memories, With pride I speak your name, Though life goes on without you, It will never be the same."