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Planned improvement works at Filton Hill Primary School facing the chop

Posted on Wednesday 16th July 2014 at 7:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Hill Primary School.

South Gloucestershire councillors will be asked to vote next week on a report recommending a U-turn on a council commitment to fund building improvement works at Filton Hill Primary School.

The £1.2m project at the school formed part of South Gloucestershire Council’s overall package of future school improvements agreed back in 2012. Filton Hill’s continued inclusion in the programme was confirmed in 2013, but next week the council’s Children and Young People’s Committee will be asked to ditch the project because of other demands on the funds, despite the covering report acknowledging a “historic commitment”.

Filton’s Labour councillors, Roger Hutchinson, Adam Monk and Ian Scott, have reacted with anger and concern to the move. In a statement they said:

“This project has been in the pipeline for many years and our community thought that our funding fight for the improvement work at Filton Hill Primary School had been won when the long-term capital programme was approved. We know that the council’s money is tight, but that is no excuse for moving the goalposts and dumping the scheme now.”

“The report makes clear that the priority capital programme has been stopped as part of the austerity measures introduced by central government, so local parents will see that the promise to Filton Hill is now on the line because of government policy and cuts.”

“However, the council made a clear commitment to the school and should stick to it. We urge the Children and Young People’s Committee to demonstrate that the council plays fair by upholding the decision to proceed with the improvement work at Filton Hill Primary.”

The decision on whether to retain or abandon the planned work at Filton Hill Primary School will be made at the Children and Young People’s Committee meeting in Kingswood on Wednesday 23rd July.

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Labour

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Joy as Filton school scheme supported

Posted on Monday 4th March 2013 at 2:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Adam Monk (Labour, Filton).

South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors are celebrating the news that a powerful council committee has supported the refurbishment of a Filton primary school.

Filton Hill Pimary has been in the running for a major £2 million refurbishment scheme from South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) capital resources, but the scheme was put under question because of the demand on the council’s limited resources.

However, at this afternoon’s meeting of the SGC Policy and Resources Committee, councillors across party agreed to recommend the scheme’s continued inclusion in the programme. If endorsed by Full Council on Wednesday 20th March, work would start next financial year with the majority of the scheme being delivered over the following two years.

The committee agreed a number of sources of funding to meet its overall capital programme, including £2 million from funds now freed up by a developer contribution, £2 million from selling surplus council property and a provisional £2 million figure set aside against the possible future sale of the council’s Thornbury offices.

Speaking after the meeting, Labour’s Lead Member on Resources issues Cllr Adam Monk (Filton, pictured above), said:

“My colleagues and I are delighted that the threat to the Filton Hill Primary scheme appears to have been lifted, as I am confident that the capital budget will be approved by Council on 20 March. Our children deserve to be educated in a safe and comfortable environment.”

“Unfortunately there are still huge demands for capital work across the district that the council cannot possibly meet because savage cuts mean that our funds are really scarce. Last year the government rejected the council’s application to its Priority School Building programme for central funding for a new school, and we face a huge challenge just to meet the basic need of supplying enough primary places for our youngest children.”

Source: South Gloucestershire Labour

Related link: Schools in Filton (The Journal)

Shield Road Primary School stages successful reading week

Posted on Monday 3rd December 2012 at 12:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Reading week at Shield Road Primary School, Filton, Bristol - mural painting.

Pupils at Filton’s Shield Road Primary School enjoyed a number of special activities last week as part of a campaign to promote reading.

During the week, children dressed up as their favourite book characters, including Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and the Gruffalo.

In literacy lessons, each class focused on a particular author and boys, in particular, were encouraged to read by Bristol Rovers community coaches.

The week was rounded off on Friday by a special ‘Stories after School’ event, where teachers read stories to the children whilst in their pyjamas, which was a great success. Refreshments at the event were provided by the Friends of Shield Road School group.

Kieran (Year 5) described the ‘stories after school’ event as “the best thing ever”.

Parents supported the initiative by listening to their children reading and by buying books at a book fair.

The primary school children also worked with students from Abbeywood Community School to design and paint a mural. The completed work is due to be revealed this week, at the grand opening of the school’s refurbished library.

Year 6 pupil Natasha said:

“During reading week I loved dressing up as a book character and seeing other people’s costumes.”

Photo: Mural painting at Shield Road Primary School. L-R: Sam (Year 3), Harun (Year 3), Chi Chi (Year 5) and Caitlin (Year 5).

Source: Lidia Spoto, Literacy Leader.

Related link: Schools in Filton (The Journal)

Ofsted says Filton Hill has sustained “good” performance

Posted on Sunday 8th April 2012 at 12:15 am by SH (Editor)

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Ofsted has praised Filton Hill Primary School for sustaining its performance, which was rated “good” at its last full inspection in June 2009.

In a letter to parents, the government body says it will not be carrying out a further inspection until the summer term of 2013 at the earliest.

The decision is based on a number of factors that include attendance and academic performance.

Schools which are performing well are now inspected less often than other schools. This usually means that good schools are inspected once in five years, whilst satisfactory schools will be inspected at least once every three years.

Some good schools are inspected after three years; others may have their inspections put back. To help decide if it can wait longer than three years, Ofsted carries out these ‘interim assessments’.

Related link: Schools & Colleges in Filton (The Journal)

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