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Primary School Places Allocated for September 2018

This year a total of 6859 Gloucestershire children have been offered a primary school place for September, with 88 per cent of pupils receiving a place at their first preference school.

On Monday 16th April, all parents of pupils going to primary school in September 2018 received an email or letter from Gloucestershire County Council, offering them one school place for their child.

Parents and carers who applied online received an email confirming their school place and they will be able to accept the place online.  Those parents who did not apply online received a letter including the place on offer and the reasons why. This letter is specific to each pupil and contains an explanation for the decision made.

Parents now have until 30th April to accept their school place or request an alternative school. Parents are encouraged to accept their place online or return their reply forms as soon as possible.

If parents ask for their child’s school place to be reconsidered, they will be placed on the waiting list for their preferred schools. If places then become available, they will be offered a place in line with the schools admission policy. Some places are likely to become available over the next few months as parents change their preferences.

Parents unhappy with their initial offer are encouraged to keep their place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome of the reconsideration, their child will have a place at a school in September.

The county council will write to parents with the result of the reconsideration after 15th May, and parents will have until the 29th May to reply. Parents who are still not satisfied with their given school will be advised of the appeals procedure.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It’s that exciting time of year again when our young people find out where the next stage of their education will be. Starting primary school is a big step and I wish all pupils well for this next stage of their journey. It’s great to see such a high proportion of young people have been offered a school of their choice.”

The admission criteria and more information about waiting lists for every school is available at

Via press release from GCC on 17 April 2018.

Invitation To Tender for Play Park Renovation

Tenders are invited to provide for the design, supply and installation of new play equipment, surfacing and associated works at Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire. The project will be made up of two phases each to the value of £25,000, the second phase set for installation during the second quarter of 2019 (April – June).

Please confirm your intent to provide a response or any queries relating to this project to Michael Carter of Sports & Play Consulting (details within main tender document). This will enable us to inform you of any alterations or additions to the specification.

Tender responses must be received by 5pm on Thursday 17 May 2018. Site visits may be arranged w/c 23 April 2018.

Please see the attached Invitation to Tender for further details.

Half a Million More To Mend Potholes in Gloucestershire

The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed extra funding to Gloucestershire.

Following the announcement on Monday 26th March, Gloucestershire County Council will receive an additional £512,339 as part of pothole and flood resilience funding.

This is in addition to a £1,485,781 commitment paid in March 2018 and allocated as part of the council’s February budget meeting.

The money is designed to support the council’s plans to repair potholes and works have already been scheduled in to continue improving the county’s roads.

Gloucestershire County Council is driving forward with ‘Operation Road Rescue’ to keep the county moving following the adverse winter weather. ‘Operation Road Rescue’ will concentrate on fixing the worst potholes first, then patching larger clusters of defects and resurfacing routes that have suffered major damage.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for Highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is peak pothole season and our roads have taken a real battering after the recent severe weather we’ve seen this winter. Any extra funding to help tackle potholes is much appreciated, and I’m grateful to the DfT.

“We spend £3m to £4m each year on repairing safety defects and around £3m each year towards patching works to reduce potholes forming, so this funding will go a long way.

“At the same time we’re investing £150 million into our roads, effectively doubling the resurfacing programme over the next four years – our biggest ever investment in Gloucestershire’s roads.”

You can follow @GlosRoads on Twitter for daily updates on the work our crews are doing as part of #OperationRoadRescue.

Via press release from Gloucestershire County Council on 4 April.

Rotary in The Rissingtons

Graham Odgen of the Rotary Club North Cotswolds made a short presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting about the chance to start up a new “Rotary in the Rissingtons”.

Come along to Upper Rissington Village Hall at 11am on Saturday 21 April to learn more about the Rotary Club and what volunteering could do for you and your community.

Rotary is an organisation established in 1905 which has 1.2 million members worldwide with 50,000 in Great Britain and Ireland.

  • One of the main reason for clubs to exist is to provide help and support to their local community through service and finance.
  • A range of schemes help young people develop their skills and talents. These include young chef, youth speaks, young writer and young photographer. There is also the Rotary Young Leader Award that helps teenagers develop teamwork and leadership.
  • Nothing is ruled out and existing projects across England include those for the elderly, the disabled and the lonely.
  • There is an international dimension and Rotary works to address the humanitarian challenges of water provision, education, disease prevention and the promotion of peace overseas.
  • It has been at the forefront of putting plans in pace to rid the world of polio. There has been a reduction in the incidence of the disease of 99.9% since 1979.
  • Each club is part of an established network which has access to information on many projects. There is support, guidance and advice from people in the organisation when required. Just ask!
  • Funds from Rotary’s own charity, The Rotary Foundation, can be used to provide financial support for projects. Clubs also raise money to help to fund its range of projects.
  • Being a Rotarian is helps people to meet, have fun and make friends whilst making a positive difference.