Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Councils hold positive meeting on future of Chiltern Edge School


Senior officers and political leaders from Oxfordshire County Council and Reading Borough Council have held positive talks over the future of Chiltern Edge School.
The school has been put into special measures following an Ofsted rating of ‘Inadequate’, and an ongoing consultation is looking at all possible options for improving educational opportunities for children in the local area.
Although closure cannot be ruled out at this stage, both councils have agreed they will work together to find a solution that enables the school to stay open, and which will also deliver the improvements required by Ofsted. Both councils are in discussion with the Regional Schools Commissioner, who is in the process of looking for a potential academy sponsor to secure the school’s future.
Following yesterday’s meeting at Oxfordshire’s County Hall, Oxfordshire County Council Leader Ian Hudspeth said: “This was a very constructive meeting and it is clear we all want to find a solution that will enable the school to stay open. The key issue above all else, is how we can improve the education of children who live in both Oxfordshire and Reading.
“We’re well aware of the strength of feeling around this issue and the high regard in which the school is held by local families, despite the recent Ofsted report. I would urge anyone who has not already done so, to take part in the consultation.”
Reading Borough Council Leader Jo Lovelock said: “No one wants to see the school close, but there must be a solution which delivers the improvements Ofsted have said are necessary. This is about finding a way to improve the education of children – not just those currently attending Chiltern Edge, but those who might attend in the future. I was very pleased to meet with colleagues in Oxfordshire to discuss these issues, and both our councils are continuing to work closely together during the consultation period to identify potential options to keep the school open.”
To take part in the consultation, please visit

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Chiltern Edge School

Statement by Reading council’s lead member for Education Councillor Tony Jones:

"The Council understands the concern and upset felt by parents of pupils at Chiltern Edge School since Oxfordshire County Council announced it was consulting on its possible closure.

Reading’s officers have attended a public meeting at the school and have responded to parents who have written to us confirming that Reading Borough Council will be responding to the consultation, opposing the proposed closure, informing them that the Leader, myself as Lead Member for Education and senior officers are meeting lead members and officers from Oxfordshire next week to put these views directly to them.

We are also in the process of organising a meeting for Reading-resident parents of current and prospective Chiltern Edge pupils.

A specific page on the Council’s website has been set up at giving advice to parents. The admissions team are also taking calls from parents on (0118) 937 3777 and emails can be sent to
Meanwhile, we encourage parents to respond to the consultation directly by visiting by 16 June 2017.

Finally, we have been assured that Oxfordshire will continue to support the school in addressing immediate areas of concern raised by inspectors following the recent Ofsted inspection which triggered the current situation."

Councillor Tony Jones

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Redlands Public Surgery Today

Councilllors David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones hold public surgeries for residents in Redlands all the year round.

"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 the remainder of 2017 is as follows:
  • 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.