April 1, 2015

Ofsted,Further Action Needed To Improve Stanley High School

Ofsted have released their latest findings from the most recent visit to Stanley High School Southport.

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Stanley High School, Sefton

Following my visit to your school on 10 March 2015, I write on behalf of Her Majestys Chief Inspector of Education, Childrens Services and Skills to report the inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most recent section 5 inspection.

The visit was the second monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require improvement following the section 5 inspection in September 2014. It was carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.

Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take further action to:

 strengthen the implementation of actions to ensure improvements are rapid and sustained.


During the inspection, meetings were held with the headteacher, other senior leaders, students, members of the Governing Body, a representative of the local authority, and the schools mathematics consultant to discuss the action taken since the last inspection. The school improvement action plans were evaluated.


Three governors have resigned from the Governing Body and three new governors have joined.

Main findings

Since the last monitoring visit senior leaders and governors have taken decisive action to address the areas for improvement identified in the section 5 report and the further recommendations for improvement following the first monitoring inspection. The headteacher has drawn on a range of support and advice to ensure the updated development plan prioritises actions appropriately and is fit for purpose. The school has also produced a separate action plan for mathematics to drive rapid improvement in this area.

The collection, analysis and use data is much improved. As a result, senior leaders are better able to hold middle leaders to account for the performance of their teams. Plans are in place to create a teaching and learning team to lead on developing effective pedagogies across the school and improve consistency.

Faculty, pastoral and curriculum reviews are underway to better meet the needs of the students. Consultation with students will inform some of these decisions. However, there is still much to be done to develop the role of the student council and improve feedback to students on the impact of consultation.

Raised expectations, higher order questioning, and improved marking and feedback are key areas for teachers professional development. Evidence that this is having a positive impact on teaching and learning came from the students who reported that lessons are now more interesting, with more practical activities and groupwork and less copying out of books; lessons were more structured and more disciplined; teachers expect more, homework is more frequent and challenging and marking helps them understand how to make progress.

The appointment of three skilled and experienced governors has strengthened the capacity of the Governing Body to support and rigorously challenge the school.

Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

In the past three months the school has drawn extensively on external support to move the school forward. This includes: senior leaders attendance at Ofsteds Getting to Good seminars; HMI surgeries; a book scrutiny by a local authority school improvement partner; support visits from leaders of local schools; a two day visit and report on findings from a national leader in education (NLE); consultancy for the mathematics department; continued local authority support for the English department; and a visit by teachers in the modern foreign languages department to a local school to observe good practice. Following a recommendation in the NLE report the local authority has brokered a review of the schools use and impact of its pupil premium fund.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of
Children's Services for Sefton.
Yours sincerely
Janet Palmer
Her Majestys Inspector

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April 1, 2015

A moving job with International Aid Trust in Adlington

Do you enjoy working with people?

Can you inspire and motivate staff including volunteers?

Are you a committed Christian sharing International Aid Trusts vision of bringing Christian compassion to a hurting world - and someone wholl help us make a difference to the lives of thousands of people?

Then it might have just the job for you!

As one of Lancashires biggest and most dynamic Christian charities, supporting the poor and needy in over 50 countries, it's now looking for a manager for its popular furniture store in Adlington.

It plays a vital part in supporting its work as one of its 26 shops helping maximise every donated and raised to support the poor and needy in Africa, India, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Mexico and beyond.

This is a full or part time position in a paid or voluntary capacity; the successful applicant will be working with a group of volunteers and also take responsibility for a wide range of tasks including shop layout, pricing and displays, liaising with volunteer staff, helping organise furniture collections along with all aspects of administration including time sheets, banking, etc.

As such were seeking applicants who share IATs Christian ethos and have retail experience, good interpersonal and communication skills, a flexible approach to the job and who can lead and motivate a team of colleagues.


For further information contact Alison Hammerton, International Aid Trust, Longton Business Park, Much Hoole, Preston PR4 5LE e: office@internationalaidtrust.org.uk t: 01772 611 000

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April 1, 2015

Lancashire’s maritime heritage stamp launched

Traditional pilot boat Falcon, painted by Lancashire artist John William Green, is featured on one of Royal Mail's new Post & Go stamps.

Falcon was built in 1894 by Nicholson and Marsh at Glasson Dock and worked in the port of Fleetwood. The 1897 painting is on display at Fleetwood Museum.

The collection of six stamps, entitled 'Working Sail', are the first to be launched in the Royal Mail 2015 Post & Go series celebrating the importance of these ships to local coastal areas.

The other working boats featured from around the country are Briar, Stag, Harry, Nell Morgan and Margaret.

Lynn Asghar, Lancashire County Council's manager at Fleetwood Museum, said: "I'm so pleased that this local artist has had his work recognised.

"We know that he was employed as a foreman painter at Fleetwood Docks. In his spare time he was a keen amateur artist, working in pen and ink, watercolours and oils. He had a particular interest in painting and drawing the working boats he observed at Fleetwood.

"He is a typical folk artist whose work has importantly captured for posterity the many types of traditional merchant and fishing vessels working at this time.

"He was a well-known and well-respected character in the area. Fortunately work by John and other artists like him has been preserved in local and community museums around our coast."

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson said, "The UK has a rich maritime heritage, especially the working sailboats which served their communities throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries.

"Whether for fishing or for carrying cargo or guiding larger vessels into port, these vessels were the workhorses of the sea, captured forever by the 'pier head' painters of the era. These new stamps are a reminder of this proud heritage.

Entrance to Fleetwood Museum is 3 for adults, 2 concessions. Accompanied children go free.

For more information visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums , telephone 01253 876621 or email fleetwoodmuseum@lancashire.gov.uk .

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April 1, 2015

Butchery Apprentice Carves Successful Future

A young butchery apprentice is carving a successful future after winning a national award from trade body the Institute of Meat. Tiffany Bromley, 21, who studies at Blackpool and The Fylde College, was named the Best Independent Retail Meat Apprentice at the annual prize giving reception at the historic Tallow Chandlers Hall in London.

Since starting her apprenticeship at Browns Butchers in November 2013, Tiffany has grown in confidence and aptitude to become a valued member of the team. During her time in employment, Tiffany has judged sausage competitions alongside legendary butchers Alan Bennett and Dennis Elliott, produced a sweet dry cure bacon in-house and made a black and white pudding roulade, both of which won a category award at the renowned BPEX industry competition.

Bill Tobin, an apprentice assessor at Blackpool and The Fylde College, nominated Tiffany for the award. He said: Tiffany has shown an excellent attitude in completing all apprenticeship tasks. Her practical skills have proved to be exceptional, breaking down carcases into primal cuts and preparing displays in the shop premises.

"Tiffany has demonstrated her knowledge of all aspects of the industry and that has enabled her to deal confidently with customer enquiries and to provide a first rate service.

Tiffanys manager, Tim Brown, added: Time and time again, Tiffany bewilders us with how quickly and confidently she picks things up. Her knowledge of cuts is second to none and she will quite happily discuss dishes with customers. She is constantly working towards better practices within her environment, using given knowledge both from college and management. Tiffany is also happy to input with regards to display and recipe ideas and regularly sets up the window display.

Commenting on the award, Tiffany said: I was thrilled to be nominated by Bill, my assessor at B&FC and Tim, my manager at Browns, and even more thrilled to receive the award at the ceremony in London. This has boosted my confidence and has made me more determined to progress further in the industry.

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April 1, 2015

Appeal to trace man in connection with a fail to stop collision in Blackpool

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who they would like to speak to in connection with a fail to stop collision in which a cyclist was injured.

The incident happened at around 8.30pm on Tuesday 3 March on Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.

A 54 year old cyclist was involved in a collision with a red Toyota Aygo car. He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and checked over for a bump to his head.

The driver of the car failed to stop at the scene but was stopped by officers a short time later on Ansdell Road for failing to stop at a red light. He then fled from officers.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall with ginger coloured hair. He was wearing jeans and a navy coloured jacket.

A red Toyota Aygo car was recovered by police and later found to have been reported stolen from an address on Cameron Avenue in Blackpool sometime between 2.30pm and 10.30pm on Tuesday 3 March.

PC Louisa Lucas of Blackpool Police said: We would like to speak with the man pictured in connection with our enquiries and would encourage him to come forward, or anyone who can help us to identify the man to get in touch.

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 1229 of March 3rd.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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April 1, 2015

Event to mark World Autism Day

Blackpool Centre for Independent Living is holding a special event to mark World Autism Day.

The event, which takes place on 2 April between 10am and 4pm at the centre on Whitegate Drive, will be both fun and informative.

BCIL Front (web)As well as a craft fair, tombola stall and activity demonstrations by the Community Volunteers and Red Cross, there will also be information stands and advice available about local services and how they can assist people with autism or simply those wanting to learn more about it.

Among the organisations taking part are Blackpool Council, Disability First, Autism Initiatives, and Empowerment.
Refreshments will be available.
Blackpool Centre for Independent Living is the towns signposting service for residents who live with disability or long-term health conditions. It can provide advice on local services, clubs, activities and much more. The centre also contains a caf, a free to use PC suite and meeting rooms.
For more about BCIL and the facilities available, visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/BCIL

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April 1, 2015

Appeal following cash in transit robbery

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a security guard was robbed in Preston.

Police were called at shortly after 8am to reports that a security guard delivering cash to the Morrisons supermarket, Blackpool Road had been threatened and robbed.

It is believed the security guard was approached by one man who stole cash and then drove off in a car with two other men, one of whom appeared to be holding a black hand-gun.

A silver Renault Captur believed to have been used in the robbery was later found abandoned in Ash Grove near to Ribbleton Park and a man-hunt is underway for the offenders.

The man who robbed the guard is described as white, around 58 of stocky build or overweight wearing black trousers and a black hooded jacket, hood up and face covered so that only the eyes were visible.

The getaway driver described as a white man in his mid 30s, skinny build with short dark hair and facial stubble. He was wearing round glasses and appeared quite tall in his seat. He had a jacket with a blue stripe across the chest.

There was also a third man in the car.

The thieves escaped with a substantial sum of cash.

Detective Inspector Jon Clegg, of Preston CID, said: I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police.

We have found what we believe to be a getaway vehicle abandoned and I need to establish how the offenders have then left the area. I would appeal to people in the area to report any suspicious activity to the police as soon as possible.

Fortunately, the security guard wasnt hurt during the incident but they have been left shaken in what must have been a frightening ordeal.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0198 of Tuesday, March 31st or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers.org

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April 1, 2015

Fletchers Solicitors expands head office during period of growth

Southport-based medical negligence and serious injury law firm, Fletchers Solicitors, has expanded its head office in response to a significant period of growth in the last 12 months.

The expansion, which is estimated to have cost in excess of 750,000, has seen Fletchers Solicitors take over another floor of Dukes House on Hoghton Street, Southport. Now the law firm occupies all three floors of the building, increasing its office space from 16,000 square feet to over 24,000 square feet.

Over the last 12 months, Fletchers Solicitors has experienced an influx in the number of medical negligence and personal injury cases it receives, and as a result it has allowed the firm to recruit an additional 120 members of staff. This has included the appointment of 20 senior lawyers, as well as a number of graduate and trainee solicitors. The growth has also meant the firm has been able to employ over 15 apprentices at the firm.

To celebrate the business success and mark the final stages of the expansion, Fletchers Solicitors held a launch party on Thursday 26 March to officially open the new floor. The event was attended by all of the partners and businesses that the firm works with, and guests were treated to a selection of refreshments that were provided by local companies.

Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors, said: Its an exciting time for the business at the moment and its fantastic to see it continue to grow and prosper. Over the past 12 months, weve expanded rapidly and to support this growth and manage our increasing workload, weve been able to invest in high quality talent to ensure we provide the best possible service to our clients. Its fantastic to be able to make a contribution to the local economy through the creation of 200 new jobs.

With all these new faces, it was clear that we needed to either move or acquire more space in our office to fit everyone in. Fortunately, the first floor in Dukes House had been unoccupied for a number of years, so it made perfect sense to purchase and renovate the available space.

We are really pleased with how the renovation went and were proud to be able to own the entire building, as its a measure of our success over the years.

The launch event was a fantastic way to help celebrate the firms recent achievements and a great way to get together with those who have helped us make the expansion possible and enabled us to accomplish everything we have so far.

Fletchers Solicitors is predicting further growth over the coming year, with the creation of further jobs expected.

For more information, please visit www.fletcherssolicitors.co.uk

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