September, 2017 Issue 35
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'We really need this crossing' Campaigners have vowed to fight on for a crossing on Canford Lane in spite of a rebuff from the Mayor Marvin Rees. Page 2
RAFA Club to mark 70 years
THESE students from Redland Green School are among the first to achieve one of the new grade of 9 in GCSEs. Only two per cent of candidates nationally earned the top grade in English and maths in the new, tougher exams introduced this year. Among them were Nicholas
Blatchford, Anna Reynolds, Joseph Penn, Tom Pitt and Eve Szczelkun. Redland Green was delighted that 88 per cent of students achieved the benchmark of at least a 4 grade in English and maths, well above the national average. Students in both private and
state schools in north Bristol notched up some notable successes, not only in the basic subjects but in the other GCSEs, which currently still use the A*-E grading system. n We have a round-up of GCSE and A-level successes across the area on pages 14 to 23
Events are planned this month to mark the 70th anniversary of the RAFA Club in Westburyon-Trym. Page 11
Medal marvel Simran triumphs Sprinter Simran Kaur, 14, of Westbury Park, won silver and bronze in the World Para Athletics Junior Championships. Pages 34 & 35
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Canford Lane crossing: the campaign continues CAMPAIGNERS were disappointed by Mayor Marvin Rees’s lukewarm response to last month’s questions at a full council meeting about the need for a crossing on Canford Lane; however, one local resident, Nicola Hawkes, won’t be giving up that easily. Nicola says: “We have a lot of elderly people living in the area who struggle across the road; it's a task that requires a jog. “Families with young children want to spend time in our lovely Canford Park, but crossing the road is a nightmare experience for them. “As our children get older we want them to be able to go on their own, yet there is no safe place to cross an extremely busy road. “Visitors arriving by bus to the cemetery or to attend a service at the crematorium have to dodge traffic to get to their destination. “It’s a road with an accident waiting to happen. And when my time comes to leave this mortal world I'd like to ride the crematorium in a hearse, not on the front of someone's bumper!” Fellow Canford Lane resident Fran Shackell has set up a petition for a safe crossing on the city council website which is gathering signatures. To trigger
Nicola Hawkes stopping the traffic to help others cross safely a debate at a full council meeting 3,000 signatures are needed. You can find the petition at: http://epetitions.bristol.gov. uk/epetition_core/community/ petition/3877 “In addition to the petition, we have set up a Facebook group called @canfordlanecrossing with news about future events. “We are organising two protest days on 25th and 27th
September when we plan to count the number of cars going up and down Canford Lane – to demonstrate to the Mayor and the city council how serious the problem is, and to underline that we won’t be giving up until they deliver a crossing for us. "We shall present our findings to them at a full council meeting in the autumn,” said Fran. “If you’d like to support
our campaign, please sign our petition and show your support and share your news and campaigning ideas on social media. “Better still, get in touch and come along to support our protest days in September and help us count cars. "We can be contacted via Facebook or call or text 07980 191933.”
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n NEWS THE Neighbourhood Consultation which will influence your future local services is drawing to a close but there is still time to get your views heard. Bristol City Council have a number of suggestions to achieve a £4.7 million cut to services over the next three years, which affect local libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols, Community Links day centres and transport and funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships. The online survey asks for people to select from a number of choices about their preferred outcome for each service or to add their own suggestions. Paper copies of the survey are also available on request at local libraries or from the council. In the library section, there would be no more council funding for well-loved Westbury Library under any of the options chosen so it is vital that local people make their views known. Henleaze Library, the busiest
Westbury and Henleaze libraries need your help neighbourhood library in Bristol, remains open if Option 1 or 3 is selected; however, that implies that library users agree that the unnamed libraries on the form should close. The question asks only which of the three options you prefer: any box ticked means you agree with it and these ticked boxes will be added up and could give a spurious result. Westbury Library group advise against ticking any option at all and suggest people raise their objections to the proposals in the feedback box at the bottom of the page. A ‘Love Bristol Libraries’ petition criticising the flawed nature of the consultation itself and the proposal to close 17 libraries and urging
the council to find alternative funding sources is running until September 5. Almost 450 people have signed it in Westbury library itself, while the city-wide online petition is now running at over 920 additional signatures.
The consultation continues until Tuesday September 5 and can be found at www. bristol.gov.uk/en_US/councilspending-performance/ your-neighbourhoodconsultation-2017
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world, including the Arctic, before moving to St Monica’s when his wife was in the final stages of Parkinson’s disease, five years ago. David said: “The whole thing was unexpectedly pleasant. I got to know Hamish and Michael well and became good friends with little Eva, who came to visit yesterday with her grandma. “We all found the children were keen to talk to us. The TV team were understanding and sympathetic to our needs and I was impressed with the treatment that we received. “They tended to think that older people would be depressed and some were slow to respond at the beginning.” The programme saw a number of improvements in the residents’ mental and physical health, including 80-year-old, Linda whose mobility is affected by osteoporosis. Described as “very down” when she first joined the experiment, Linda’s friendship with four-year-old Amiya saw the two of them running across the croquet lawn hand-in-hand
during a sports day. Meanwhile, viewers saw 77-year Zina, whose tests revealed a high depression score, laughing with delight as she hit a Pinata and the children swooped to collect the sweets that fall out of the papier-mache donkey. David added: “The experiment was conducted well and I think if we did this once a year it would be grand. “I think something has been
reawakened in us. The young folks have so much to learn and explore and it’s great to see the mystery through their eyes. I’d like to think that the kids got as much out of it as we did.” Chief executive of the St Monica Trust, David Williams, confirmed that they will continue to nurture the wonderful relationships established between residents and the children of the preschools. He said: “The St Monica Trust will create a lasting legacy to the ground-breaking social experiment by establishing a nursery at one of its sites. “We will also be installing children’s playgrounds at all of our sites, including an indoor play area at our newest development in Keynsham, the Chocolate Quarter. “Seeing the benefits of this ground breaking project has only strengthened the Trust’s desire to create open communities that actively encourage contact across different generations.” Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds can still seen on catch up TV, All 4.
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Antiques expert to open village show PREPARATIONS are in hand for the ever-popular Westburyon-Trym Village Show which holds its 38th annual event on Saturday September 2 in the Village Hall. The theme, to mark 1300 years of Westbury-on-Trym this year, is 'In the Past' and a most appropriate guest has been chosen to open the event: well-known antiques expert, Marc Allum, from the Antiques Roadshow. A great day out is planned for all the family, with entertainment indoors and out, from 11am - 5pm. The show is an opportunity for people to take part in the competition sections with their flowers, vegetables, art and craft. It’s a traditional, local show which attracts a number of entries for the prized awards. Of course, some visitors just come for a browse at the many interesting stalls in the grounds selling all things craft, plants and honey. And then there’s the BBQ and cake stalls to linger at with your friends and refuel. It promises to be a great day in Westbury-on-Trym and raises money for local causes. Entrance: £1 (adults) at the door; Children - Free.
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n NEWS THE Ale & Arty charity festival returns to St Peter’s Church in Henleaze with its special brew of real ale and craft. Revd. Mark Pilgrim said: “We aim to give everyone who comes a fresh experience of St Peter's, whether or not you have been to our church centre before. “Come into the church area this year and you will see craft ale and Prosecco bars on the sunny south side ready to tempt your taste buds with fermentations galore - light and hoppy, golden and intriguing and fun and fizzy. “A highlight we look forward to once again is the appearance of the Ashley Down Brewery's 'Harvest Gamble' ale - brewed from locally picked hops and the biggest seller at last year's event. The bars will be serving nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks from noon - 10.30pm.” Visitors can expect a huge variety of artists stalls, courtesy of the local artists' collective We Make Bristol from midday - 5pm. Amanda George from We Make Bristol said: “We are delighted to be returning to the Ale & Arty event for the
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second year. Last year 12 Bristol creatives attended under the "We Make Bristol" name and this year we will have nearly 20 participating with a wide array of stalls covering jewellery, stained glass art, photographers, illustrators, bags, cushions, clothing, cards and even a bee keeper. “All the creatives attending are currently part of the We Make Bristol shop which is based in Westbury-on-Trym, and live and create in Bristol.
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serving food from 5pm. “At 7pm the church area turns into our live music venue when The Watermelon Jam Jazz band kicks the evening, followed at 8pm by the recently formed, Henleaze-based Melody Makers Choir. The James Harper Funk band offer a rousing set from 9pm-10pm. “The bars will close at 10.30pm - and everything will have to be packed away and made ready for the first Sunday service at 8.00am the next day!” aded Revd. Pilgrim. Money raised by the event after covering the costs, will go to the Jessie May Trust, Flamingo Chicks and St Peter's Outreach charities. Ale & Arty charity festival takes place at St Peter’s Church, The Drive, Henleaze on Saturday 30 September from noon until 10.30pm.
ELEVEN years after the team at Golden Hill Sports Ground first set up the annual Party in the Park (PITP), this year’s event means that they are set to make a final repayment on the ground purchase loan of the community owned YMCA field. One of the organisers, Chris Drew said: “Everyone at Golden Hill Sports would like to say a big thank to all those people that have come along and supported PITP over the years and making it such a success. We would like to invite them all back again this year along with anyone who has never been before.” This year’s event promises a whole host of fun for all the family on Saturday 16 September from 1pm, finishing with a firework display at 8pm. During the day there will be Tethered Hot Air Balloon ride (weather permitting), Gryoscope (a ride for 4 people), Neuron Racer, Tractor Rides and a Demolition Zone - a chance to Bash the Car! It’s a chance to test your skills at Crazy Golf, a Zombie Shootout, Sports Zone and a Flight Simulator.
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Some great local acts will be performing on stage, plus displays from Japanese Drummers, Tae Kwon-do, marching band and many, many more. Visitors to the event can relax away the cares of the day with drinks from the licensed bar and enjoy the tasty bites from the food village on site. PITP first started in 2007 and was created by the Golden Hill committee as a way of both raising money to repay the loan taken out to purchase the ground
and giving something back to the community who helped the registered charity (Golden Hill Sports) acquire these valuable playing fields. PITP has raised well over £80,000 in the 10 events held so far with close to £15,000 being raised at PITP 2016 alone when over 4,200 people attended during the course of the day. Chris Drew said: “Our slogan for PITP is "Bringing the community together" and we truly believe that this event does just that. It’s a great event
with a variety of stalls and entertainment on offer for all the family. We print 10,000 programmes that are hand delivered to homes in the local area and thousands of people come along and enjoy the day which is open to everyone. “We are so grateful for our PITP organising team, many of which have been with us since the start and give up countless hours to make this event the success it is. “The funds from all future events will now be put towards the next project - the renovation and re-development of the pavilion.” All funds from PITP go to the registered charity ‘Golden Hill Sports’ who’s charitable objectives are the protection and well being of the sports field & provision of sport for the membership which is open to everyone. For more details on the event a visit www.goldenhillsports.com or their facebook page.
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n NEWS A NUMBER of events have taken place to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the city of Bristol twinning with Hannover and Bordeaux. Henleaze and Westbury councillor Geoff Gollop has just returned from a trip to Hannover with thirty other supporters of the Bristol Hannover Council as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations. “In 1947, a goodwill visit from Bristol to Hannover started the twinning between our two cities. A similar twinning arrangement was set up with Bordeaux which is remarkable, given that it was just two years after the end of the Second World War. “Over the years, it is remarkable how many children and how many groups have visited Hannover; we met one lady who came to Bristol in 1949 as part of a school exchange and stayed with a host family for six months. The school twinning between Cotham School and the Goetheschule is still strong,” he said. Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, attended a ceremony at the
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Neues Rathaus. Mayors Stefan Schostok and Marvin Rees signed a new Memorandum of Understanding between Hannover and Bristol. Mayor Rees was also privileged to sign the Golden
Book of Hannover, which all important visitors have been invited to sign since 1930. Mayor Rees then joined the Oberburgermeister of Hannover, Stefan Schostok, to open their weekend Festival of Culture.
The day ended with a trip to the spectacular Herrenhauser Gardens for the firework festival. On the Sunday morning, a Service of Celebration took place at the Marktkirche when both Mayors attended and the Chaplain from Bristol Cathedral, Sarah Evans, preached in German. Marvin Rees also gave a personal account on the importance of reconciliation. Councillor Gollop added: “Our German hosts were very welcoming and friendly; the barbecue at one member’s home was most enjoyable – except for the mosquitos. “I found the whole experience moving and even emotional. “Both my grandfathers and my father were involved in the two world wars, and yet here I was, sharing in a celebration of reconciliation, proud of those who set up this link 70 years ago.”
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Seven decades of Westbury’s RAFA Club AN open day and events are planned this month to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the City of Bristol RAFA Club at Carlton Lodge in Westbury-on-Trym and the anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Club, based at Eastfield, will open all weekend from Thursday September 14, with a series of social events each night, culminating in the Battle of Britain Parade with the cadets on Sunday September 17. “Anyone is welcome to come along and take a look around the club on this weekend, and will be supplied with a taster temporary membership,” said Brian Stewart, the current branch chairman. A former Squadron Commander, he’s been a committee member since the 1970s, organising events to make the most of the spacious facilities which include a large bar area, a garden, a committee room and a basement with darts, a skittle alley and pool table. The events raise money for RAF charity, WINGS. Brian added: “We collected over £11,000 for WINGS appeals last year and will exceed that this year. It goes to RAF families to help them with welfare or financial difficulties.” Watermelon Jam are booked to play on the evening of September 14, jazz group The Dave Collett Trio perform on Friday September 15, and guitarist Chris Rainbow will entertain visitors at a Saturday night theme evening when people
are invited to come dressed as their favourite film character. A Drumhead Service in the morning where the Air Training Corps (ATC) will build the Drumhead Altar will be followed by music in the club in the afternoon. The club, based at Eastfield, first formed on December 3, 1931, by ex RFC and RAF members; this group preceded the RAFA in its present form. The members and friends met at various places for social events and to assist fellow ex-forces personnel. In 1945, the Branch Committee members decided to purchase Carlton Lodge as a permanent club. The committee raffled an Austin 7 car to raise funds, which generated £2,000 towards the mortgage. A sum of £5,000 was borrowed from RAFA to complete the purchase - small sums compared to its value today - and the club was formally opened by Lord Tedder in 1947. Over the next few years, fundraising efforts including a number of air displays at Filton Airfield, led by FLt Freddie Freies paid off the mortgage and loans. Eventually the premises were handed in trust to RAFA to be used as the club and branch HQ, and is still in use today, one of the few founding branches to survive. Jean Calway MBE, stalwart of the catering division and ATC liaison joined because her partner was RAF during the war and stayed to become a ‘WINGS’ charity officer for 20 years.
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WE pride ourselves here at Torwood House School in knowing every child personally therefore no child is ever unnoticed or invisible. Every child’s aspirations are wholeheartedly supported, whatever direction they wish to take. Our Independent School’s Association (ISA) Junior and Prep School Award for Excellence and Innovation clearly demonstrates our passion for our children’s learning and our commitment to providing a cutting edge curriculum. Our award winning education coupled with a nurturing environment means each child receives a tailored teaching style to suit them, allowing them to truly flourish. Our pupils learn a modern foreign language, which gives pupils a wider world view and an appreciation of cultures other than English at an earlier age than
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Happy smiles as A-level students rise to challenge AUGUST 17 was a special day for the thousands of students from Henleaze and Westbury receiving their A-level grades. The results show a strong performance from Bristol’s state and private schools, with 96 per cent of students achieving at least three A levels with grades between A* and E in Bristol, despite the new tougher final exams. North Bristol Post 16 Centre, based at Redland Green and Cotham Schools, has gone from strength to strength with outstanding A-level, Pre U and BTEC results. Marian Curran, Director of the North Bristol Post 16 Centre, said: “We are very pleased to see the percentage of students achieving the highest grades is above the national average. This is true not only at A*-A grades, but also at A, B and C grades. “We are particularly proud of our students who have overcome personal adversity to achieve great success. Their hard work,
commitment and determination has paid off and the vast majority of students have gained places at their first choice university. “In the context of the well-documented and greater challenge in A-levels and BTECs, to have held our strong position and seen an increase in the highest grades is truly outstanding.” In over 29 subjects there was a 100 per cent pass rate with 38 students achieving A*-As in three or more of their A-levels. Nine students will be taking up their offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge and 11 students, some of whom are from partner schools, will begin courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. A large proportion of students have successfully secured Russell Group university places or a place on high-level apprentice schemes. Marian Curran added: “Students were also highly successful in their BTEC courses,
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securing a 100 per cent pass rate with over three quarters of grades at Distinction* and Merit. We are particularly pleased that students from partner schools (Fairfield, Henbury, Orchard School and Oasis Brightstowe) have done so well this year. “In further maths, chemistry, economics, French, German, mathematics, ancient history, and in our performing arts and arts based courses the results were brilliant with over 60 oer cent of students gaining A*-B grades. Mathematics and science represent one in three of all entries. The results in these subjects were a real strength
Three Colston’s Girls' School (CGS) students who all achieved perfect A/A* grades will be studying at Exeter University: Emma Hilton (A*A*A*A) will read mathematics; Ellis Deeny (A*A*A and A in the Extended Project Qualification) will read liberal arts with study abroad; while Emily Craner (A*A*A) will read English. They praised the help they had been given at CGS. Ellis said: “CGS has always been a school that I have loved and the teachers will never be forgotten.” Almost two-thirds of this year’s A-level students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy achieved passes of A*-C with 30% at A* or A. Based in Stoke Gifford, BTE Academy is one of the UK’s University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).
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n EDUCATION Redmaids’ High School is celebrating the success of its Year 13 students’ A-level and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results with five girls heading off to Oxford or Cambridge. Lily Bickers who gained three A*s and an A, and Isla Waring who gained 43 points in the IB Diploma, are off to Cambridge. Starting at Oxford are Romilly Leech, also an IB student, with 38 points, and Georgia Watts and Tilly Guthrie, who gained three A*s, and an A*AA respectively at A-level. Tilly, who will be reading history at Oxford, says she owes her place to her teachers: “The support I’ve received couldn’t have been any better. I don’t think I would have made it without their belief in me.” Students at Bristol Grammar School achieved another impressive set of A-level results across the board as 60 per cent of all grades were awarded A*–As, including those achieving distinctions in their Pre-U English literature, with 26 per cent of these grades being
Redmaids' High: Five go to Oxbridge A*s. Fifty six students – the same number as last year – achieved three or more A*/A grades. In a year which has seen national grades in the new linear A-levels fall, QEH students have bucked the trend by continuing to achieve the top grades. One third of students achieved straight A*/A grades, with the top grades making up over half of all results awarded. For the 12th year running the pass rate at the school is 100 per cent. This success has extended right across the curriculum. The mathematics department has much to celebrate – nearly three quarters of all grades awarded were A*/A grades – while 100 per cent of students studying art and music achieved A*. Clifton College celebrated
its A-level results with 31 students scoring only A* and A grades. In total, 76 per cent of grades were A* to B and 48 per cent were A* to A with subjects such as economics, languages and mathematics seeing some of the highest grades. In languages and classics 95 per cent of grades were A* to B while in both economics and history 88 per cent of grades were A* to B. Half of students studying mathematics and further mathematics were awarded double A* while over a quarter of all psychology students also received A*s. Pupils at Badminton School achieved another year of A-level success with 61 per cent of all grades awarded being A*- A and 84 per cent at A*- B.
All seven girls offered conditional places at Oxbridge have successfully secured their places and will go on to read a diverse range of subjects including law, medicine, architecture, natural sciences and fine arts. Students and teachers at Clifton High School have risen to the challenges presented by this year’s new A-level qualifications. Two thirds of all students achieved all A* - B grades; significantly, this is 30 per cent above the national average. A* grades were achieved across a broad range of subjects including art, biology, chemistry, English, French, food technology, mathematics and further mathematics. Colston’s School students have again done well in their Sixth Form studies and secured impressive A Level and BTEC results. With a pass rate of 100 per cent, 38 per cent of A-levels were awarded at grades A*/A, 71 per cent at grades A*/B. Twenty two per cent of students achieved AAA or better and 42 per cent ABB or better.
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H-appy to be winners! CREATING an app that could help homeless people find work has earned a team from Henbury School top prize in a Dragons' Den competition. The students pitched their idea to a panel at the contest run by Business in the Community in Bristol and came out ahead of teams from seven other schools. They worked on their Team JobFit project with volunteers from Bristol software company Gresham and were selected for the final after winning an internal school stage. Team JobFit's idea impressed the judges, who said it was an innovative concept and the students had shown great belief about its potential impact, as well as demonstrating strong presentation skills. They also liked the fact that it was linked to an initiative by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees – who recently visited Henbury School - to tackle the rise in homelessness in the city. Team JobFit comprised Arturs Gudens, Holly Christie, Amelia Dodd, Elinor Hannam, Alexa Norton, Millie Reed and Aimee Cook. Matt Standing, head of computer technology at Henbury School, said: “I
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am so proud of the students. They have demonstrated teamwork, communication and leadership skills and have created a viable concept that is designed to reduce homelessness in Bristol and encourage support from employers.” Kim Atkinson, HR recruitment manager at Gresham Technologies, said: “The students
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Some exceptional results at Henbury STUDENTS at Henbury School have been celebrating some excellent results, with some outstanding successes across the board. Particular congratulations go to high achievers Harry Moss, who gained six A* grades, an A and a B, as well as the top grade 9 in his maths GCSE, and Martha Isaac,with nine A* grades and a grade B. Exceptional progress was made by David Duru, who joined the school from Nigeria just two years ago. As a result of his hard work and determination he is leaving school with 9 GCSEs, 6 at A*-C. The school was also thrilled by the achievements of our students in the Resource Base, all of whom left with a range of qualifications, including at least one GCSE.
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Plenty of pride for Redland Green REDLAND Green School headteacher Sarah Baker has praised students for their GCSE results. “What a great successes in a year of extra challenges. Their hard work and determination has paid off. We are very proud of each and every one of them,” she said. The new linear GCSEs in English and maths are graded from 1-9, with 4 a standard pass. Nearly 35 per cent of pupils achieved the higher level grades of 9-7 in both English and Maths, with just over three quarters of all students at RGS achieving English and maths at 5 and above and 88 per cent at 4 or above. Ms Baker was particularly pleased that 73 per cent of disadvantaged students got at least a 4 in English and maths. Nearly 93 per cent of pupils achieved a standard pass in English, considerably higher than
the national average of 72 per cent. The maths standard pass rate at 89 per cent was also well above the average pass rate of nearly 69. Students who took BTEC courses also excelled with over 60 per cent achieving top grades of Distinction or Distinction*. Top performers included: Erin McMurchie: 7 A*s and 3 9s, Eve Szczelkun: 7 A*s and 3 9s, Anna Reynolds: 7 A*s and 2 9s and an 8, Tom Pitt: 7A*s, 2 9s and an 8, Abigail Pope: 6 A*s, 1 A and 3 9s and Nicholas Blatchford: 3 9s, 4 A*s and 2 A*s.” Eve Szczelkun, one of Bristol’s Youth Mayors, arrived to pick up her results after attending a council meeting: “My results couldn’t have been any better. I’ve had to split my time between school and being Youth Mayor but I’ve learnt so much this year and get to contribute to the way that Bristol is run.”
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Top grades galore at Bristol Free School BRISTOL Free School is delighted by its second set of GCSE results. Ten students achieved a grade 9 in English and seven in maths - more than double the national average for this year. More than two thirds (68 per cent) of students gained at least a grade 4 in English Language, 64 per cent in English Literature and 68 per cent in maths. A quarter of all students gained an equivalent to an A grade in English, with 20 per cent of the entire cohort achieving a similar feat in maths. Individually, there were some exceptional sets of results achieved by the most able students, including: George Airs, Matthew Ghosh and Isabel Phillips, who all gained 7A* and three 9s; Grace Barnett-Cox
Colston's Girls’ School is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results in the first year of the new, more demanding exams. The school saw 84 per cent of students achieve a 4 or above in English and maths, one of the highest figures in the West of England area. Six girls each earned two 9 grades - the highest level, reached by only two per cent of students nationally. Fourteen students gained a 9 in English Literature and seven in Maths.
achieved 6A*s and two 9s, Tom Kent 5 A*s, a 9 and 2 A grades. Ollie Pope, Anusha White, Dan Whetton and Christopher McWhan all gained 10 grades at A, A* and 9. Headteacher Paul Jones said: "I’m very proud of Year 11. We know that this year the level of challenge has been very high in the new English and maths examinations. “Despite this, these results are excellent using both the old measure and the new.”
Orchard School Bristol was delighted to report a 45 per cent standard pass rate (4 and above) in English and maths, as well as some excellent individual successes. Retiring headteacher Dr Holman said:“There are many students who have much to celebrate, including our four looked-after children, and our large number of young carers. Some 65 per cent of students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy secured five A*-C grades, including English and maths, in their GCSEs this year. Top performers were Kurt Cameron - 7As and 3Bs; Bradley Chapman -3A*s, 8As; Samana Hassan - 2A*s, 6As, 1B ; Rupa Mondi - 2 A*s, 5 As; Njabulo Nyakaza - 8As; Matthew Smith - 3A*s, 5As, 2Bs .
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The golden girls BADMINTON School is going for gold - a new sports centre building is imminent and the first cohort of girls to do GCSE PE all got A - As. Overall, results at Badminton hit a threeyear high with 49 per cent of girls achieving straight A*-A grades. Eighty two per cent of all grades awarded were A*-A (excluding the newly reformed English Language which is now graded 9-1). Miss Gomersall, Director of Sport at Badminton School, commented: “This fantastic set of results for our first GCSE PE group comes at an exciting time for sport at Badminton as preparations begin onsite to start the build of our new sports centre.” All girls studying German and Music were awarded A*-A, and 95 per cent achieved the top grades in Latin and Geography while English Literature also secured a 92% A*/A rate. Headmistress Rebecca Tear, said: “Each and every one of our GCSE cohort this year should be proud of their individual achievements. Their fantastic GCSE grades are only one piece of the puzzle however, as their triumphs outside of the classroom in their extra-curricular activities shine alongside them.”
STEM success REDMAIDS’ High is celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results, awarded to students across both former schools – Red Maids’ and Redland High. Thirty two Year 11 girls gained all A*/A grades, nearly half of whom (15) achieved straight A*s. Furthermore, 22 Year 10 girls took their maths IGCSE a year early with 86 per cent receiving the top A* grade and 100% gaining A*/A. More STEM success came through biology, physics and chemistry where 58% of all grades were at A*. In further maths 63 per cent of all grades were A*, with one third of these students achieving an additional A* distinction, a grade which is beyond an A* and is unique to this subject. In addition, 57 per cent of GCSEs achieved in ICT and computing were also A* grades. Languages, including Russian and Latin, produced exceptional results with A*s making up half of the marks awarded, while 70% of girls had their creative flair in art rewarded with A*s. Niki Mehta, who achieved straight A*s said: “I’m feeling so happy and surprised. I wasn't expecting this at all. Sofia Durnford, who also got straight A*s said: “I can’t believe it. I’m still shaking. This is all down to the support I’ve received from my teachers, my friends and my family.” Headmistress Isabel Tobias said: “The huge range of successes seen today clearly demonstrate the girls’ ability in STEM subjects as well as many other subjects across the curriculum.
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Effort rewarded PUPILS were rewarded for all their hard work at Clifton College on 24 August when they received their GCSE results, with 20 students achieving all As and A*s and 1 in 5 pupils achieving eight or more A*s. In total, 92 per cent of grades were A*-B, the highest ever, and 68 per cent were A*-A grades. For Mathematics and English Language, 100 per cent of IGCSE grades achieved were A*-C. Other subjects saw strong results including Latin, music and economics, with 89%, 80% and 74% A*-A grades respectively. Eleven pupils achieved 10 or more A*s, including Hannah Wilkie, who achieved 13 A*s, and Miriam Dirnhuber and Hafsah Hayat, who achieved 12 A*s. Head of College Dr Tim Greene said: "Our pupils should feel very proud of their achievements and it has been a pleasure to share in their celebrations.This fantastic set of results is down to their hard work and commitment across so many areas of school life. They are very well placed for success going forward."
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n EDUCATION BRISTOL Steiner School is opening its doors in September 2017 as a newly rejuvenated Kindergarten and Primary School. School trustee Daniel Black said: “We are focusing on the school’s exceptional strengths in nurturing children from three to 11 years old. We feel that the wonderful education and environment that this school offers is unique in Bristol and highly desirable.
Take a look at Steiner School “The school already has a fantastic reputation as a highly supportive community with an ability to inspire creative thought and a love of learning. Alongside this, the school is committed to enabling children to work closely with the natural world and an informed and balanced application of technology.” An Open Evening is being held on September 20 at the school’s site on Redland Hill, and will be an opportunity to meet interim headteacher, James Wetz. James was head of Cotham School, the first director of Human Scale Education, and is a passionate advocate for the small schools movement, an adviser to Government, a visiting researcher at University of Bristol as well as a trustee of Colston Hall. Keen to demystify Steiner education, at a meeting in June James described the benefits of this system: “For mainstream schools it’s about hitting targets,
getting from A to B. But what about personal development and personal care of the child? Steiner brings a sense of community to children where children can be known, and well known.” Alongside a comprehensive review of the school’s governance, led by Mr Wetz, the school are refurbishing and upgrading of the Grade II Listed manor house with its spectacular and inspiring garden and
views over the city at the top of Whiteladies Road on the Downs. Daniel Black added: “We very much look forward to seeing prospective parents and interested others at our open evening or hearing from them. “If any parents are interested, please get in touch with James directly at: jameswetz3@gmail. com. We look forward to seeing you there or hearing from you soon so we can share our exciting plans for the future.”
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Westbury Forum news JOINT chairmen of the Westbury Community Forum, David Mayer and Alan Aburrow, are keen to keep the neighbourhood informed about all “Things Westbury” since the demise of the Neighbourhood Forums in May. Alan Aburrow said: “We will continue to liaise with our Councillors on local issues and try to ‘oil the wheels’ as best we can, now that we have minimal support from the fastdiminishing remnants of BCC’s NP “machine”. “We would like to take this opportunity to remind you all to complete BCC’s ‘Your Neighbourhood’ Consultation, if you have not already done so. “This is your chance to respond to BCC’s proposals for the future of our libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols and the withdrawal of funding for Neighbourhood Partnerships. The Consultation closes on 5
September and full details can be found at: www.activenp. co.uk/2017/06/bccsyour-neighbourhoodconsultation-2017/ For those of you that commute along Wellington Hill West, full details of a consultation on proposals to upgrade the Pedestrian Crossing near The Beehive pub can be found at: www.activenp. co.uk/2017/08/statutoryconsultation-wellington-hillwest-parallel-pedestriancyclecrossing/ Objections to either of the proposals, together with the grounds on which they are made, must be submitted to the Council by 11 September. The next Westbury Community Forum is currently scheduled for Wednesday 11 October, at 7.00pm, venue to be confirmed.
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other appointments. It makes travel stressful the problems, aland uncomfortable. though I have no We recognise that First has difficulty in power apart from recruiting sufficient driv ers but when they working with were in competition wit h Wessex to run other councillors the busy no. 1 service from Westbury to the and building up Centre, there were few such problems. Now a picture. Please that Wessex has withdraw n their service, be specific about First’s service has deterio rated quickly. It is a the route, date similar pattern to that exp erienced with the and time if you no. 2 service through Hen leaze and residents wa nt a reasoned are not fooled and not imp ressed. Similar response from problems of cancellatio n and inadequate First. Thank you information are experie nced to the bus drivers who clea and 4, also used by reside with services 3 rly do take care of nts in our area. their passengers and are What can be done when welcoming. buses are run for profit by private com I am writing this on what panies? If a service I have discovered is National Moaning is subsidised by the cou Day! Inaugurated ncil such as the no. in the north of England, 18 (rebranded no. 11 from travelling passen2nd September) gers are asked to write or the 77 service which to their MPs stating runs along the problems and difficulties north east boundary of and highlighting the ward then you the huge imbalance bet can complain to the cou ween London and ncil. Otherwise, it the rest of the country in is a direct complaint to terms of capital First Bus, possibly investment in transport copied to the Traffic Com and local powers to missioner and to make local decisions. the Mayor of the Combin ed West of England Authority (metro mayor We should make commo ). n cause with the north and challenge As a councillor, I am also the London-centric keen to know of view of national politician s.
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Para-athlete Simran Kaur wins silver and bronze at Junior World Championships
RUNNER Simran Kaur enjoyed great success in her first experience of global competition at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. Simran, a 14-year-old pupil at Redland Green School, competed in the 100m and 200m sprints in the T46* category (arm amputee or impairment). She was the youngest person chosen to join the GB para-athletics team at the championships which took place on August 3-6. Finishing just over a tenth of second behind the winner, Beatriz Hatz of the USA, Simran took silver in the 100 metres in the T42 to T47 category clocking 13.58 seconds. In the 200 metres she took bronze in 28.83 seconds for a personal best at 200 metres. Simran said: “It did feel
amazing and emotional standing on the podium. I felt ‘wow’! And to have family there supporting me made it even better.” Proud father Raj Singh added: “We were all in Switzerland, including her brother and all the extended family. We had
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Nick Harris, UK Athletics trainer for Bristol & West Athletics Club and Simran’s trainer said: “Well done to Simran – a great start to her career as an International Para Athlete. “I am so proud of all our international athletes and look forward to helping them become the next generation of Bristol’s sporting stars.” Before the para team set out they met up for a training event with Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees who said: “As part of our work as European City of Sport we want to start recognising Bristol’s own local sporting talent. We want to take a stand on this issue to improve our offer as a global sporting city. “These amazing young people are the future of Bristol’s sporting ambition. " “It’s been a pleasure to meet these inspiring youngsters and watch them get in shape for the world class competition. “I hope they and their stories will prove to be inspiration to Bristolians of all ages to get out and try something new.”
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The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig Quentin and Lottie Bredin are on the verge of divorce, partly due to his philandering ways. They live in London in an upmarket, recently gentrified area in a large luxurious house. Lottie loses her job as an architect and Quentin is struggling with continuing to earn a living as an ageing journalist. Lottie does the sums and soon realises that they will be unable to afford to sell the house and buy two separate properties. Lottie decides on a total change of lifestyle and organises the family move to the Devon countryside, whilst renting out their London house. Their new family home, whilst surprisingly cheap (we learn out why later in the novel) is pretty basic, and it takes them a while to settle into their new, damp,
less than luxurious lifestyle. Quentin is unhappy about the move, and falls back on writing rather sarcastic columns about country life. The younger children settle in to life in the countryside well, whilst Lottie’s son Xan initially finds life a bit dull, until he gets a job in a local pie factory – Humbles, where he makes some interesting new friends. The novel continues with life moving on for the family, who face a number of trials, unwell elderly parents, strange neighbours and changes to family roles. Beneath this story lies a dark undercurrent … a gruesome crime was committed at the house they are renting and the secret behind this slowly unravels as the story progresses. Classed as a black comedy, this novel is an interesting read. A large number of the characters in the book have an unpleasant edge to them and although it is sometimes difficult to work up much sympathy with their issues,
there are a variety of story lines with twists to keep you interested. This book and many others are available from your local library – you can order online or from the library – and there are no reservation charges to pay. Libraries host many activities for people of all ages and over the summer many children have been
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Darren Jones column
Helping you Since setting up our office in Westbury-on-Trym, we have been planning a wide range of events to ensure I meet as many of you as possible. I’ll be holding regular bookable surgeries for face-toface meetings so that I can help you with issues such as housing or benefits problems. These will take place locally to you in every community across Bristol North West. Appointments are already in high demand so please only book a meeting if it’s essential. And remember that we can help you over the telephone, via post or on email too. I’ll also be holding street
surgeries, pub politics and coffee mornings so that we can talk more informally about your area and your hopes and concerns. All of the details for my surgeries and events will soon be on my website www.darrenjones.co.uk, on facebook.com/ darrenjonesmp and on posters displayed in local shops and libraries. Austerity and public services I have been encouraged by how many constituents are actively engaged in the Bristol City Council Your Neighbourhood consultation. Local events have been well attended with passionate views shared on the need to provide services that support residents across the city. The council needs to save £4.7million over the next three years, due to severe and ongoing cuts from central Government and the council's legal requirement to set a balanced budget. The current proposals, which asked for views on libraries, school crossings, public toilets, Community Links and Neighbourhood Partnerships is of real concern to all of us. We all know the huge benefits that community facilities have, libraries in particular, in giving
children and families access to learning and providing safe and free spaces for people of all ages to use and enjoy. I am also aware of the rising threat of social isolation and the role libraries have in supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. At the time of writing, I’m organising a libraries conference for representatives from each library in the area, alongside local campaign groups, to contribute to my own submission to the consultation. I am keen that as a group we work together to get the best deal for communities right across Bristol North West. But it’s not just council services under threat. Southmead Hospital, GP surgeries, children’s centres, schools, community and advice centres and so many more are crippling under the stress of Government cuts to public services. I’m busy meeting as many people and organisations as I can to see first-hand what this means to local people, and I’ll be raising this loudly in Parliament after Recess. Local transport It’s great that £2.25 million has been committed to support a new railway station at the Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton. For those of you that work in town,
it may prove much easier to park at the Park and Ride and jump on one of the new trains on the Severn Beach line into Clifton or Bristol Temple Meads. But there is still much more work to be done on getting inner city rail and sustainable bus routes sorted within Bristol North West. In my first meeting with the Metro Mayor I will be pushing for the delivery of the Henbury Loop line, including the re-opening of local stations, and working with bus providers to try and keep bus routes open and connected with future rail networks. With so many thousands of new houses being built across the border in South Gloucestershire we mustn’t stop applying the pressure to stop our road network getting completely jammed. I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can at local events, at my street surgeries or in your local coffee shop or pub. Darren Jones MP Member of Parliament Bristol North West
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Parliamentary report in 2013 suggested that nationally people from BME communities are under-represented in dementia services, they are often diagnosed at a later stage of the illness or not at all.
Mrs Kwan, who is originally from China, has lived in Bristol with her husband for 45 years and raised their family here. She is now carer to her husband who has dementia. “Life changes significantly for someone with dementia, and for their carer and family too. It’s really important to get help. In our community, a lot of people don’t know what dementia is, we don’t even have a word for it. This means that lots of people with the disease run the risk of being forgotten,” she said. Trish Caverly explains: “During community consultations one common finding was the lack of culturally appropriate, accessible information about dementia and the support available, for people for whom English is not their first language. “In many of the communities that we work with, we’ve found that there is a lack of knowledge
about what dementia is. This is backed up by recent research overseen by the University of the West of England which has found that many people fail to understand that dementia is a health condition. It’s often thought of as a ‘normal’ part of ageing, and for many there is stigma attached. This stops people from seeking out the help available to them.” Within each of the films, medical experts, people affected by dementia and members of the relevant communities explain what dementia is, outline how people can gain a diagnosis and access the free support available from the Dementia Wellbeing Service. The films are available to view via www. bristoldementiawellbeing.org and limited DVDs can be ordered from the Dementia Wellbeing Service Access Line 0117 904 5151.
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One big happy family at the wedding of Darren Roberts aand Bryony Enright, right, at The Ardagh on Horfield Common, below left celebrant, Karen Partridge, carried out a special ceremony on the Saturday in front of Bryony and Darren’s friends and family. Not surprisingly, Darren’s immediate family took up 54 of the invited guests! He is the last in the family to get married and has 27 nieces and nephews. A UK wedding doesn’t come cheap these days - with £27,000 the average cost last year. Bristol University careers adviser Bryony and Bristol Museum researcher Darren were keen to make the most of their budget but to design the wedding in their own informal style. “We wanted to put together the wedding as cheaply as possible - our budget all in was £4,000. My dress was from ASOS and we borrowed bunting from friends and picnic blankets from the University to give it a village fete feel. There were lots of fun and games, with quoits
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AUTUMN seems to have come early this year and although it brought with it the rain, it also brought an early harvest of delicious fruit and vegetables grown by the volunteers at Golden Hill Community Garden. To celebrate the coming of autumn the garden will host its annual Harvest Fair Saturday
September 9 from 1-4pm. This is a fabulous local community event with traditional fair games, free family activities, treasure hunts, pond dipping, music and pizza from a frog clay oven! This year, with the support of Barcan+Kirby, organisers aim to make the event as accessible as possible to people and families
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