Various schools from across the town have contacted us regarding issues with drop off and pick up congestion around their schools. However a full ban on cars and parking nearby schools may well create the unintended consequence of clogging up nearby roads as parents may well just park as near as they can. We are also aware that some parents and pupils live further away from their schools and that driving is the only suitable methods of transport.
In specific instances, parking measures such as double yellow lines or bollards to prevent pavement parking have been introduced for specific schools when the need has arisen. The Council already has a strategy to tackle air pollution as well as a campaign to stop cars idling. Each individual school also has its own transport plan that encourages pupils to walk or cycle to school wherever this is possible, which is of course also beneficial for pupils health. But if the need for greater action at any individual school is required, we would be happy to work with schools on this.
Councillor’s advice surgery: Church Ward Councillors will be available to discuss any issues with residents on Saturday 6th April at 10.30am-12pm at The Whitley Café.
Policy Committee meeting: Ashley will be present in his role as Lead member for education on Monday 8th April at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre. One of the items on the agenda is Brighter Futures for children, the Council’s new children’s company.
ACE committee meeting: Ashley and Ruth will be in attendance at the Adult, Children services and education committee meeting on Thursday 4th at 6.30pm at the Civic centre. The Council’s Special Educational Needs strategy and a Fair workload charter for teachers will be discussed by Ashley as lead member for education.
Visit to Blagdon nursery: Ashley will visit the Council maintained nursery to discuss funding and future plans with the Head on Wednesday 3rd April.
Newsletter delivery: The latest edition of the Church Ward Labour Rose newsletter will be delivered to every household across the Ward by our Councillors & volunteers across the month.
Canvassing– Councillors and activists will be out speaking to residents on Monday 8th on Foxhays Road (afternoon), Tuesday 9th on Linden Road (afternoon), Thursday 18th on Barnsdale Road (afternoon), Saturday 20th on Alandale and Wentworth (morning), Wednesday 24th on Hartland Road (evening), Saturday 27th onWinton Road & Brybur Close (morning) and CressinghamRoad on Tuesday 30th (evening).
Ward walk: Councillors will spend the afternoon of Sunday 21st March walking all areas of the ward checking for fly tipping, parking issues and the general upkeep of the area. Please stop to speak to us if you see people wearing rosettes!
New Directions visit: Ashley will be visiting South Reading’s excellent adult education service to speak with staff and see it in action on Wednesday 24th April at 7pm.
Reading Council learned today that they have been successful in their bid, made jointly with West Berks and Wokingham Councils, for a new SEN free school that aims to open its doors in 2022.
The School will have a capacity for 150 students that will be shared amongst the 3 local authorities. The school will welcome students on the autistic spectrum as well as students with SEMH (social emotional and mental health) needs.
The exact location is to be confirmed but it is planned that the school will be in Reading of the 3 local authorities.
In terms of running the new school, an engagement event will be organised to provide information on bidding. Those trusts who wish to bid to run the school will be invited once the specification is complete. This will then likely involve interviews before the Regional Schools Commissioner selects the trust that will sponsor the school.
This new school forms part of our wider SEN strategy to provide more suitable spaces for Reading’s youngsters in Reading schools.