- Councillors surgery: Ward Councillors, Matt Rodda MP and the Whitley area PCSO will be at The Whitley Cafe on Saturday 2nd june from 10.30am-12pm. Please come along and discuss any local issues.
- ACE (adults, education & children’s services) committee meeting: Ashley will be in attendance in his role as lead for education at the meeting on Tuesday 5th June at 6.30pm at the Civic centre.
- Ridgeway Governors meeting: Ashley will be discussing future strategy for the school on Wednesday 13th June at 9.30am at Ridgeway.
- Full Council meeting: Church Ward Councillors will be in attendance for a full evening of business on Tuesday 26th at 6.30pm at the Civic centre.
- Northcourt Avenue street party: Ashley will be in attendance at the Northcourt Avenue street party as part of the Big lunch initiative which has enabled some roads to temporarily close & neighbours to gather. This will take place on Sunday 3rd June at 4pm.
- Whitley Wood fire station open day: Berkhire fire and rescue will be holding their annual open day including demos and a BBQ on Saturday 2nd from 10am-4pm.
- South Reading Community hub official opening: The renovated community centre on Northumberland Avenue incorporating library, cafe and community space will hav it’s official unveiling on Tuesday 26th June at 11am.
- South Reading calendar: The final preparation of the calendar update will take place this month. If you want any events added please contact Ashley.
Monthly Archives: May 2018
Bcoming the lead Councillor for education in Reading is a huge honour and privilege to take on. I want to thank the two previous incumbents of the post, John Ennis and Tony Jones. Their work has helped push Reading schools closer to our challenging targets for schools in Reading and on a personal level, both have helped me develop an understanding of the role.
I was educated in two of Reading’s primary schools and just over the border in West Berks for secondary school. I have been a teacher in a comprehensive school for ten years, where I have also served as the Union rep for over 5 years. Before this I worked at two very different schools as a teaching assistant, a learning support assistant and a cover teacher, which gave me an excellent grounding in how schools work. I have been an examiner at both GCSE and A level for nearly ten years. As well as this I have been a Governor at a primary school for 5 years, the last of those being as Chair of Governors. Since being elected in 2014, I have served on the ACE committee as vice-chair and been in attendance at the lead member briefings for Education.
The last few years have seen great changes in education both locally and nationally. Locally there has been a school expansion plan, the creation of the arm’s length children’s company, The Heights Primary School location as well as the changes in our SEN strategy and local offer. We are now also in the process of looking for a site for a new secondary school in Reading. Nationally there have been funding cuts, a recruitment and retention crisis, curriculum change and a range of new school types. As a Council we need to be there to offer schools help and advice when needed as well as providing our statutory services in providing a school place for every child.
Reading Borough Council has set some challenging goals in education over the next few years concerning Ofsted reports, student outcomes and progress. But I do not want these to be a top down straight jacket in which schools are told to work within. I see the Council’s role in education as one of facilitating, helping and advising schools, which we can only do with the help and communication from the Head teachers and staff at all of the schools across the borough. This includes our Free schools, Academies, Grammars and Local authority schools. I want the work between the Council and schools to be a conversation where we can provide what it is that schools want from us.
I am looking forward to the challenge of helping schools and education in Reading and want to meet as many of those involved as possible. That includes students, teachers, Governors, parents, trade unions and MP’s Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma. I look forward to hearing from and working with all involved.
Whitley art work unveiling: the official unveiling of the new art work in South Reading will take place on Friday 11th May at 11.30am at Rabsons Rec.
Reading Labour students AGM: A meeting of the Labour students society will take place on Friday 11th March at 5.30pm in the bottom floor of Edith Morley.
Whitley for real feedback: The Whitley researchers from the Whitley for real project will be feeding back results from their work on Wednesday 16th May at 5.30pm at the John Madejski academy.
Labour party AGM: The annual General meeting of the Labour party in Reading takes place on Thursday 10th May at 8pm in the civic centre.
Reading Borough Council AGM: The Council’s AGM takes place on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm in the Town hall.
South Reading calendar: Ashley will be collating dates and beginning designs for the next edition of the South Reading calendar to ruin from July to August. If you want any dates included please email them to Ashley.
Ward walk: Ashley will be walking the Ward to spot any issues and speak to residents on Saturday 19th May in the early afternoon.
Youth Council meeting: Ashley will be in attendance to meet and discuss young people’s issues on Monday 14th at the Civic centre.
Church Ward Labour party meeting: members of the local party will be meeting to discuss issues & celebrate the election result on Thursday 17th May at 7pm 103 Northcourt Avenue.
A recent article from the Whitley Pump website:
Some new art work has been erected in Rabsons Rec to help celebrate Whitley’s past. The metal structure depicts the famous Rabsons Rovers football team that used to play in the park. The artwork was from part of the deal that Tesco struck with the Council when building the distribution centre in Whitley and promised to allocate funding to art work in South Reading.
Church Ward will have three Labour Councillors for at least the next 2 years after Thursday’s local elections. Cllr Ashley Pearce celebrated ‘re-election after first being elected in 2014 and Ruth McEwan will be welcomed onto the Council for the first time. After a positive campaign were hundreds of residents were spoken with and thousands of leaflets delivered, the people of Church Ward responded positively to the Labour candidates with a slightly higher turnout and many Labour votes. A huge thank you to everyone that helped with the campaign and of course our voters. Councillors are here to serve their community and Ruth and Ashley plan on doing just that in the next few years.