Archive for November, 2009

Meadowbrook student wins police Christmas card design competition

Posted on Sunday 29th November 2009 at 11:27 pm by SH (Editor)

A student at Bradley Stoke’s Meadowbrook Primary School has been awarded a runners-up prize in a competition to design a Christmas card for Avon and Somerset Police.

Elliot Howard’s design will now be used for the cards sent out on behalf of one of the force’s district commanders.

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Secondary school rated “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors

Posted on Saturday 28th November 2009 at 1:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community School

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been classed as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school three weeks ago.

The inspectors’ report praises the high standard of leadership and teaching at the school and says that pupils’ achievements are above average:

This is an outstanding school. Its real strength lies in its inclusive and welcoming ethos. The headteacher has provided the school with outstanding leadership and he is well supported by a skilful and effective leadership team.

Together they have created a clear vision for the school which is shared by all staff.

They have been successful in establishing the school at the heart of the community and ensuring that students of all abilities and from all backgrounds are happy and achieve well.

Dave Baker

Writing in the school newsletter, headteacher Dave Baker (pictured right) tells parents and carers:

This [report] is a credit to you, your sons and daughters and the school’s staff and governors and I hope that you will be pleased with what you read.

Asked for further comment by The Journal, Mr Baker showed no signs of resting on his laurels:

We are obviously delighted and relieved that the inspection outcome was so positive but we are also clear that there is still much work to do so we will be formulating an action plan based on the areas for development and the areas judged as good rather than outstanding.

It is, however, a great achievement to have been judged as outstanding overall and my thanks go to staff, students, parents/carers, governors and our community partners for their support in ensuring that this was possible.

Opened in September 2005, BSCS is described by the inspectors as an average sized secondary school. The school’s only previous Ofsted report, issued in 2006 (when there were pupils in years 7 and 8 only) rated the school “good”.

Of our neighbouring secondary schools,  The Ridings High School, Winterbourne (now Winterbourne International Academy) was rated “good” in 2006, while Filton High School and Patchway Community College were rated “satisfactory” in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

A post-16 centre (sixth form) is currently under construction at BSCS. Building work is expected to be completed by May 2010, so that the first cohort of BSCS students can begin their post-16 education at the site in September 2010.

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Conservative victory in Meadowbank by-election

Posted on Friday 27th November 2009 at 12:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Ernie BrownConservative candidate Ernie Brown has been declared the winner of yesterday’s by-election in the Meadowbank parish ward of Bradley Stoke.

Mr Brown gained 31 more votes than his only rival, Liberal Democrat Sachin Singhal.

The result leaves the political composition of Bradley Stoke Town Council unchanged, with the Conservatives having twelve seats against the the Liberal Democrats’ two  (one further seat being occupied by an Independent).

Full result of the Meadowbank by-election 2009:

  • Ernie Brown (Conservative) 206 votes
  • Sachin Singhal (Liberal Democrat) 175 votes

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Consultation opens on rapid transit plans for Bradley Stoke

Posted on Friday 27th November 2009 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Rapid Transit BusSouth Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has opened a public consultation on plans for a major new road transport scheme that will link Bradley Stoke with Bristol city centre.

The scheme, known as the North Fringe to Hengrove Package, includes provision of bus rapid transit services, the construction of a new link road between Stoke Gifford and the A4174 Avon Ring Road (close to junction 1 of the M32 at Hambrook) and a new Park & Ride facility beside the M32 (close to the Coldharbour Lane bridge).

“In principle” funding of £168 million was approved by the government in July and the next step will be the submission of a Major Scheme Business Case to the Department for Transport (DfT) by March 2010. If the scheme is approved, implementation could start in 2013/2014 – according to the West of England Partnership (WoEP), which is fronting the bid on behalf of SGC and Bristol City Council.

Rapid transport is described as a fast, frequent and reliable public transport service provided by buses running, where possible, on traffic-free routes – sometimes on and sometimes off existing roads. Journey times will be reduced by requiring tickets  to be purchased prior to boarding and giving buses priority over other road users at traffic lights.

The long-awaited Stoke Gifford Transport Link, which will combine a bus rapid transit route with a regular road, is intended to relieve the current congestion around Bristol Parkway station. The route will start from Great Stoke Way in Stoke Gifford, running initially behind houses in Kings Drive.  A new bridge will be constructed to carry the link over the Bristol to London railway line, east of Bristol Parkway station.

North Fringe Rapid Transit Route OptionsMaps included in the consultation documents show the bus rapid transit route starting on the Aztec West Business Park and then following the full length of Bradley Stoke Way before using the new Stoke Gifford Transport Link to reach the Avon Ring Road. Buses will then head for the University of the West of England (UWE) campus on Coldharbour Lane before joining the M32 at the new Park & Ride.

Proposed stops along Bradley Stoke Way include Woodlands Lane, Patchway Brook Roundabout, the Willow Brook Centre, Webbs Wood Roundabout and Baileys Court Roundabout.

SGC is staging a number of unstaffed public exhibitions to allow residents to learn more about the proposals. Local venues are:

  • From Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December at the Aztec West Centre
  • From Monday 30th November to Monday 7th December at the Willow Brook Centre

A staffed exhibition is also being staged at Bradley Stoke Library on Saturday 5th December, from 9am to 12 noon.

The consultation period runs until Friday 8th January 2010.

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