As the summer school term draws to a close most of us will be preparing for the holidays, but Ofsted is still keeping a close eye on schools across our region. Whether it was with full, two-day inspections, or short, one-day visits, the education watchdog has been keeping busy making sure schools continue to make the improvements they need to be the best place for students to learn. Between May 25 and June 27 the education watchdog updated its website for 10 Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire schools and nurseries. While five provisions have held onto their “good” or “requires improvement” ratings, one has been rated “inadequate” while another two had letters uploaded concerning their conversion to academy status. Areas the education watchdog inspectors check for vary but their specifications generally include: Effectiveness of leadership and management Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Personal development, behaviour and welfare … [Read more...] about Ofsted has visited these 10 schools
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The new Wymondley Road zebra crossing for William Ransom pupils is launched in Hitchin. Picture: William Ransom Primary School Archant It’s good news for a Hitchin primary school, as a new zebra crossing has opened – but a mum has launched a petition for her kids’ school to get another one further up the same road. William Ransom pupils with the walking mascot Buster. Picture: William Ransom Primary School The William Ransom Primary School crossing patrol for pupils in Wymondley Road, near where it meets Girons Close, is now a zebra crossing. Walking mascot Buster greeted everyone when the crossing formally opened on Tuesday, with Hitchin South county councillor Derrick Ashley also there for the occasion. Mr Ashley said: “After a long campaign by parents and the school I am so pleased we have finally managed to install a crossing at this busy point. On this morning’s evidence it is needed and will be very well used. “Our new local transport plan … [Read more...] about Hitchin school gets zebra crossing – as petition is launched for another
PASSING your driving test isn't easy - around half of all learners fail the practical exam every year. But that certainly doesn't mean it is pot luck if you pass as there are plenty of ways to increase your chances. We reveal all... How do I pass my driving test? We teamed up with RED Driving School to provide you with some real world advice on how you can ditch the 'L' plates in record speed. Most people take around 40 hours of lessons although you can do an intensive course to get you ready in a matter of days or weeks. That's the premise behind E4's new TV show - All Star Driving School - that puts celebs like Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison and former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt through their paces. So what tips should you and the reality stars take - and what's best avoided? Location, location, location Where you're taking the test can have a big impact with pass rates differing hugely across the country. Test centres in the West Midlands are statistically hardest … [Read more...] about How to pass your driving test, when should I book my practical and theory and what are the weirdest reasons people have failed?
These are the local schools achieving top results for their pupils - and those who need to do better. Ofsted inspectors are constantly visiting schools across the North East , with results announced on a rolling schedule throughout the year. Each month, we’ll be updating this page with the results of each school whose inspection result was published in that month, along with a short summary of what the experts had to say. We’ll include reports which assign new grades (or confirm previous grades) to mainstream state schools in Newcastle, Gateshead, County Durham, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Northumberland. May Outstanding There were no new ratings of ‘Outstanding’ for mainstream state schools in May. Good White Mere Community Primary School, Gateshead: “I observed happy, content and friendly faces throughout the school”, an inspector said, praising head Christopher Boddy for making improvements to the quality of teaching and for … [Read more...] about The latest Ofsted results for North East schools
Altrincham has been named the best place to live in the North West, knocking last year's champion, Knutsford, off the top spot. Castlefield, Chorlton, Ramsbottom and Saddleworth also topped the The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2018. But Didsbury was nowhere to be seen. So what is it about Altrincham? Why do so many people want to live there? Why Altrincham? House prices Property hotspot Altrincham now commands the highest price premium in the country, with families paying an average of £916,300 to live in the area. A mid-market property will set you back an average of £494,230, and you could rent a starter home for an average of £670 per month. Where are the best places to live? Stuart Howe is branch manager at the local Thornley Groves. He says that properties close to local schools are like gold dust - and hard to come by. Stuart said: “When people are paying these kinds of prices they are looking to buy their forever home. It isn’t just about meeting … [Read more...] about Altrincham is named the best place to live in the North West