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The Reading Town Meal Saturday on 28 September 2019

Having a good time at the Reading Town Meal

Having a good time at the Reading Town Meal

The happy gathering of the annual Reading Town Meal took place on Saturday 28 September in the Forbury Gardens. Reading folk enjoyed a free meal created from produce mainly grown in Reading’s allotments and community gardens. The food was cooked and served by catering students at Reading College.

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Phoenix College consultation on new location

Phoenix College

Phoenix College is considering relocation from Christchurch Road to the Hamilton Centre off Bulmershe Road. There will be a consultation and exhibition on the proposed plans on Thursday 12 September from 3.30pm to 6.30pm in the community room at Alfred Sutton Primary School.

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The Honey Bee Day Care in Palmer Park “puts children at significant risk”

The office for standards in education, children’s services and skills in England, OFSTED, published a report into The Honey Bee Day Care on 26 July, saying its “weaknesses put children at significant risk.”

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The Little Owl Pre School on Northcourt Avenue is ‘good’ says OFSTED

The English office for standards in education, children’s services and skills, OFSTED, reports that the Little Owl pre-school on Northcourt Avenue is now good, after they had reported the pre-school required improvement in January 2019.

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Phoenix College considering conversion to an Academy

OFSTED, the English office for standards in education, children’s service, has reported that the although school leaders at Phoenix College on Christchurch Road are “taking effective action towards the removal of special measures”, the school’s improvement plan is “not fit for purpose”.

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RCLC awarded grant from the Henry Smith Charity

The Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) on London Street, a charity that helps ethnic minority women in Reading and their families, has been awarded their largest ever grant. The Henry Smith Charity has awarded them £95,500 over three years to fund the centre’s running costs.

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New Directions adult education rated “good” by Ofsted

Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, inspected New Directions on Northumberland Avenue in June and rated it as good.

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Two University planning applications mentioned at planning committee

Under the new chairmanship of Whitley ward councillor Emmett McKenna, two University planning applications were mentioned at the first Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee of the new mayoral year.

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Whitley Fun Day on 13 July at the JMA

This year’s Whitley fun day will be held in the grounds of the John Madejski Academy (JMA), Hartland Road, Reading on Saturday 13 July from 12 noon until 4pm.

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Rose Garden Early Years Centre on Christchurch Gardens is ‘good’ says OFSTED

Rose Garden Early Years Centre, Christchurch Road

The English office for standards in education, children’s services and skills, OFSTED, inspected Reading’s Rose Garden Early Years Centre on Christchurch Gardens in May. They reported that it was good, an improvement from last year when the centre required improvement.

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Councillor Deborah Edwards’ mayoral year in south Reading

Southcote councillor Deborah Edwards attended a considerable number of events in south Reading during her mayoral year. This is a pictorial record of just a few of them that the Whitley Pump was able to cover.

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Reading University plans community forum for 26 September

Reading University plans to hold its next community forum on Thursday 26 September.

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“Overall pace of improvement insufficient” at Reading children’s services

The pace of improvement in Reading Borough Council‘s (RBC) children’s services is insufficient, said Ofsted in a report issued on 8 May. Reading’s children’s services are now managed by an ‘arms-length’ not-for-profit company wholly owned by RBC called Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC).

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Who’s running Reading’s new ‘Brighter Futures for Children’?

At the council’s policy committee meeting on 8 April, Councillor Tony Jones asked Deborah Jenkins, the chair of Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC), and managing director Antony Kildare how confident they were about keeping within their partly-council-funded budget.

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Reading Borough Council discusses south Reading at planning applications committee this week

Reading Borough Council will be discussing issues in south Reading during planning applications committee next week.

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Private funding sought for new pedestrian crossing on Upper Redlands Road

Els De Mets, a campaigner for a new pedestrian crossing on Upper Redlands Road, has launched a crowdfunding page to help build it. The nearby St Joseph’s College has already agreed to contribute money to make the crossing safer.

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Ofsted says Phoenix College is ‘not taking effective action’ to remove special measures

The English office for standards in education, children’s services and skills (Ofsted) visited Phoenix College on Christ Church Road on 26 February and said that the school’s leaders and managers are “not taking effective action towards the removal of special measures”.

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Children helping children at the Hexagon

By Cathy Doberska, head teacher at English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School.

Children helping children concert 2019. Photo: James Denny

On Tuesday 19 March, pupils from 11 Reading schools took part in the annual Children Helping Children concert at the Hexagon theatre. This included students from south Reading schools including John Madejski Academy, Whitley Park Primary, Christ the King Catholic Primary, Ridgeway Primary and Geoffrey Field Junior.

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Children helping Children at the Hexagon on 19 March

Children helping children at the Reading Hexagon, 2018

Schools from Reading come together at the Hexagon Theatre on Tuesday 19 March to sing, dance and recite poetry.

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Sage Reading half marathon on Sunday 17 March

Black History Mural on race day 2018

Last year, the Reading half marathon was called off at short notice because of treacherous, icy conditions on the roads. The weather remains unpredictable this year; Reading may have had some of its best summer weather in February!

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