Schools & Colleges

Parents slam soaring number of school attendance fines in Cheshire

Parents slam soaring number of school attendance fines in Cheshire

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Fines for taking children out of school during term time have been slammed by parents – but MPs insist youngsters’ attendance is crucial.

It was revealed last week that the number of fines issued to parents in Cheshire in the first year following a high-profile court battle soared compared to previous years.

April 18, 2019
Brine Leas and Malbank schools awarded NCS champion status

Brine Leas and Malbank schools awarded NCS champion status

Brine Leas and Malbank in Nantwich are among five schools in South Cheshire to be awarded champion school status for their involvement in National Citizen Service.

The NCS is a government-backed youth programme for teenagers, helping them develop broader skills and values.

April 12, 2019
Sharp rise in fines issued to parents in Cheshire for absent pupils

Sharp rise in fines issued to parents in Cheshire for absent pupils

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The number of fines issued to Cheshire parents who take their children out of school during term time has soared following a landmark court ruling.

Figures released by the Government show in 2017-18, Cheshire East Council issued 1,400 fixed penalty notices compared to 220 in 2016-17.

April 10, 2019
Pupils rise to occasion at Reaseheath College ‘cake-off’ contest in Nantwich

Pupils rise to occasion at Reaseheath College ‘cake-off’ contest in Nantwich

Secondary school pupils rose to the occasion when competing in a Junior Cake-Off competition run by Reaseheath College in Nantwich.

Teams from schools across the region were challenged to bake and decorate a cake with a Spring theme which showcased their skills with sugar paste and buttercream.

April 5, 2019
Nantwich pupils enjoy Time Capsule competition at new Tesni housing scheme

Nantwich pupils enjoy Time Capsule competition at new Tesni housing scheme

Youngsters from three Nantwich schools donned their hard hats on a new housing development as part of a time capsule competition!

Year 4 pupils at Highfields Academy, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School and Acton C of E Primary School were challenged to fill a capsule which could be buried on the site of the new Tesni Homes development on Welshman’s Lane.

April 3, 2019
Council and NHS bid to improve SEN services in Cheshire East

Council and NHS bid to improve SEN services in Cheshire East

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Work is under way to improve services for youngsters with special educational needs (SEN) in Cheshire East following a damning inspection last year.

Cheshire East Council and local NHS providers were criticised following a joint inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted last March – with inspectors hitting out at ‘serious weaknesses’ in provision.

March 27, 2019
Nantwich children wear Silly Socks for Down’s Syndrome fundraiser

Nantwich children wear Silly Socks for Down’s Syndrome fundraiser

Silly socks were the order of the day when a Nantwich pre-school group staged a fundraiser for Down’s Syndrome.

Children at Little Crickets marked World Down Syndrome Day by taking part in the ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign which raises money and awareness of the condition.

March 22, 2019
Nantwich college student scoops national Crufts title

Nantwich college student scoops national Crufts title

Reaseheath College canine student Paige Jepson beat off strong competition to take a national title at Crufts, the world’s most prestigious dog show.

The 21-year-old was overall winner of the Young Kennel Club’s (YKC) ‘Young Person of the Year Award’ for being a role model to young people and their dogs.

March 20, 2019
Nantwich Elmscot Day Nursery gains Food for Life Award

Nantwich Elmscot Day Nursery gains Food for Life Award

Elmscot Nantwich Day Nursery has gained the Food for Life Award – promoting a healthy lifestyle in early years.

The Food for Life Award is a national accreditation from the Soil Association awarded to schools and early years settings.

March 18, 2019
Stapeley pupils enjoy “Positively Different Week”

Stapeley pupils enjoy “Positively Different Week”

Pupils at Pear Tree Primary in Stapeley took part in a week that lived up to its name!

Staff at the Nantwich school organised and ran a “Positively Different Week” – an off-timetable week of activities which included handling scorpions to orienteering.

March 15, 2019
90% secure first choice secondary school places in Cheshire East, says authority

90% secure first choice secondary school places in Cheshire East, says authority

Nine out of 10 parents of Cheshire East school children have secured their first choice secondary school place, Cheshire East Council said.

It comes after the authority witnessed a rise in ‘on time’ applications from 2018.

March 7, 2019
Nantwich students star in Cheshire Wildlife Trust community project

Nantwich students star in Cheshire Wildlife Trust community project

Nantwich students at Reaseheath College have been taking part in Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s “Go Wild – Get Fit” project.

The Foundation students have been developing their employability skills by volunteering on the project as part of their Career Development Pathway.

March 6, 2019
Nantwich pupils prove runaway success in hospice fundraiser

Nantwich pupils prove runaway success in hospice fundraiser

Children at a Nantwich school proved a runaway success when it came to fundraising for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice.

More than 200 youngsters from Highfields Academy took part in a Rudolph Run just before Christmas raising a record amount for the Winsford-based facility.

March 5, 2019