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Monthly Archives: July 2016

August events

  • Councillors surgery: Councillors will be conducting their monthly advice surgery to speak with residents on Saturday 6th August at 10.30am-12pm at Whitley Cafe, Northumberland Avenue.
  • Whitley Neighbourhood Action Group: Local groups and residents recently met to discuss reviving a Whitley NAG. The next meeting of this will be on August 11th at 7pm at South Reading Youth and community centre on Northumberland Avenue. Please attend to let us know how locals would like this to go ahead.
  • GCSE and A level results days: our 16 and 18 year olds will be finding out the result of their hard work on August 18th (A level) and August 25th (GCSE). Good luck to all JMA, Reading Girls and students further afield.
  • Grass verge parking ban discussions: We will be discussing the possibility and canvassing opinion on a potential verge parking ban in Hartland Road, Whitley Wood Road and Winton Road. We will be out on various days to discuss with residents.
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Crime update

Ashley recently attended the relaunched South Reading Neighbourhood action group where the local neighbourhood police gave an update. Recently three motorbikes have been seized by the police after anti social behaviour had been reported by members of the community.

If you would like a Motrobike diary recording sheet which helps the police stop the issue as it can give times and residence, please call Liz Herbert on 01189536250.

If you would like to contact your neighbourhood policing team you can call the non emergency 101 number, email them on or you can also follow them on Twitter @tvp_reading#NHPTRDG.




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Reading key stage 2 results above the national average

PUPILS in Reading achieved results above the national average in this year’s tests for 11-year-olds for the first time in ten years.
The tests taken in May 2016 by Year 6 pupils are the first to assess the new and more challenging national curriculum which was introduced in September 2014.
In the 2016 results, 54.4% of Year 6 pupils in Reading reached the new expected standard in the combined measure of the reading, writing and mathematics tests. This is higher than the national average of 53%.
This is the first time in over 10 years that Reading pupils in Year 6 have risen above the national average in the combined score, which is a critical measure in relation to the government’s floor standards.
Attainment by Reading pupils in writing was 75.8%, above the national percentage at 74%. In the reading test 65% of pupils achieved the expected standard, compared with 66% nationally. In the mathematics test, 67.7% of pupils achieved the standard compared with 70% nationally. In the grammar, punctuation and spelling 74.7% of pupils reached the expected standard compared to 74% nationally.
Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said:
“I’m particularly pleased for the children and staff, within all schools and academies, who have worked in close partnership to achieve results which are above the national average.
“While not being complacent or thinking this is high enough, it is important to note this is the best overall results for Year 6 Reading children in 10 years, in terms of the national picture. This puts those children who have done well in a good position as they start their secondary education.
“I would like to congratulate all pupils and their families on their individual achievements.”
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Ashley attends Ridgeway Governor day

Inside the new block

Inside the new block

Ashley recently attended an all day Governors day at Ridgeway Primary school where he was able to meet staff, eat lunch with students, scrutinise data performance and tour the new block. Ridgeway has been one of the schools most affected by the Council’s ambitious Primary phase expansion as it will grow to a three form entry. The new school look built around a quad contains a fabulous new look building. The building contains a new hall, canteen as well as classrooms kitted with interactive white boards and break out areas. Huge thanks to Mrs Cosgrove and all of her staff in the work that goes on every day at the school.

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South Reading Churches fun day a resounding success!

Entrance to the popular fun day.

Entrance to the popular fun day.

Church Ward Councillors were on hand at the 11th annual South Reading Churches fun day at Rabsons Rec on Saturday. The popular event was again full with people viewing different stalls including WEC, Faith, the local police and Blagdon nursery. There was also free food and music to entertain the crowds. Huge thanks to all of the organisers for putting on this great event for the people of South Reading.

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Pot holes to be repaired in ward

A report was submitted to Traffic Management Sub-Committee on 15th June 2016 regarding the £60,000 share from the £50 Million Pothole Action Fund which has been made available to Reading Borough Council for pothole repairs this Financial Year, following the announcement in the Government’s Autumn statement. A Pothole Repair Plan has been prepared and will be carried out in priority order taking the first (worst) road first. These are:

-Northumberland Avenue

-Northcourt Avenue

-Pepper Lane

-Foxhays road

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