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Letter from Archway Secondary School Mr Colin Belford to Parents/Carers

Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:49 administrator
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Please see below the text of a letter from the Headteacher of Archway Secondary School to Parents/Carers. We believe the content will be of interest to parents/carers at other schools and/or the general public, but offer no further comment here. We have reproduced the letter in it's entirety, with permission.


Archway School * Paganhill * Stroud

Gloucestershire * GL5 4AX

Tel 01453 763242

Fax 01453 766093

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Headteacher Colin Belford

25 May 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

A recent meeting of Secondary Headteachers in Gloucestershire considered the issues facing education in the County and what questions we might ask prospective parliamentary candidates in the run up to the General Election. Our Governors looked at the questions and felt that we should share them with parents. They are listed below.

1. What is your position on education? How high on your agenda is it?
2. Do you think education should be de-politicised to avoid sweeping change and uncertainty and is your party willing to commit to stability to avoid unnecessary and expensive changes in curriculum and accountability measures?

1. Do you think there is a link between changes to the testing regime and childhood mental health issues across key stages 2, 3 and 4?
2. What are your priorities in supporting schools in tackling societal issues, protecting children in the digital age and ensuring that the education system protects/supports the mental health of children?
3. Do your party’s educational policies deliver the skills necessary for 21st century employability and how will you continue to narrow the achievement gap for disadvantaged children?

1. Do you think that we can build a world class education system with a systematic drop in national per pupil funding?
2. What is your policy to ensure schools are sufficiently and fairly funded? Will you review the National Funding Formula to achieve this?
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1. What are your plans to tackle the crisis of inadequate core funding per pupil?
2. The previous administration says that it has protected spending per pupil but it has not protected costs per pupil so that provision is deteriorating. Will you ensure funding at least keeps up with increasing costs? How?

1. What are your party’s plans to deal with recruitment and retention crisis in teaching (so few joining and so many leaving), and how will you ensure that teaching remains an attractive and respected profession?

I hope that you find these useful.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Belford

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:57 )

School Cuts

Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:45 administrator
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Below is the text of our leaflet on cuts to schools which we have been handing out recently. For more information go to:


Unless the Government allocates more money,
schools will lose  £3 billion  a year in real terms by 2020.

98% of schools’  costs are rising  faster than their income.

60% of secondary schools are running a  deficit budget .



What that means in GLOUCESTERSHIRE

An estimated reduction across all schools in Gloucestershire in real terms by 2020, under current Government policies

–£32,002,649 Budget change by 2019

–£424 Per pupil   –859 Teachers



Locally Stroud Schools face the following cuts

Archway School

cut by 12%

Callowell Primary School

cut by 9%

Cashes Green Primary School

cut by 10%

Gastrell’s Community Primary School

cut by 11%

Marling School

cut by 12%

Rodborough Community Primary School

cut by 10%

The Rosary Catholic Primary School

cut by 7%

Severn View Primary Academy

cut by 3%

St Mathew’s Church of England Primary School

cut by 7%

Stroud High School

cut by 11%

Stroud Valley Community Primary School

cut by 15%

Uplands community Primary School

cut by 6%

Thomas Keble

cut by 12%



The General Election is a chance to change this







        Get informed



»   Visit

»   Attend a husting and find out what your local candidates say about education.


        Spread the word



»   Let other students, parents and staff know at your local school.

»   Talk to friends, family and neighbours.

»   Write letters to the Stroud News and Journal, Stroud Life, The Citizen.


        Use your vote



»   Make sure everyone you know is registered to vote. (Deadline to register to vote for the General Election is  Monday 22 May.)



Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:49 )

Press Release: Campaigners call public meeting to make NHS, Education and poverty issues in the general election

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:11 administrator
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Press Release: Campaigners call public meeting to make NHS, Education and poverty issues in the general election

  • What: Public Meeting for supporters of Stroud Against the Cuts
  • Where: Stroud Old Town Hall, The Shambles
  • When: Thursday 11th May, 7.30-9.30pm
  • Free entry/donations welcome

Campaign group Stroud Against the Cuts, which led a successful campaign to keep Gloucestershire's community health services in the NHS in 2011/12, has invited its supporters to a public meeting to discuss the General Election tomorrow, Thursday 11th May. Organisers say the meeting, at the Old Town Hall in the Shambles from 7.30-9.30pm, will be about how to make NHS privatisation, cuts to schools and rising poverty issues in the General Election.

James Beecher, a member of the group's organising committee said: "Stroud Against the Cuts isn't connected to any political party, but we believe there are issues that need to be make central to the discussion ahead of the election, and voices that need to be heard. The government's cuts to the NHS budget and privatisation policies have created a crisis in the NHS and a threat to its future. We're also worried about the £3bn/year cuts to school budgets that the Conservatives are planning by 2020, and want to make sure that parents and teachers fears are part of the debate. Our group was set up to fight cuts and privatisation, but we're also concerned about the growing poverty we see in this country - at our meeting on Thursday we'll be talking about how we can make sure that the voices of people experiencing the impacts of the government's policies are heard"

More information is available on Facebook, and elsewhere on our website you can find details of what we'll be discussing. Contact: James Beecher - 07734 058789

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:19 )

Public Meeting: General Election - what can we do?

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:14 administrator
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General Election - what can we do?

Thursday 11th May, 7.30-9.30pm - Stroud Old Town Hall, The Shambles - Free entry/donations welcome. For more information call/text James Beecher - 07734 058789


A meeting for our supporters and anyone interested in making the government's record of cuts and privatisation a pivotal part of the general election locally.

Stroud Against the Cuts is not affiliated to any political party but we believe there is important work to do, that our supporters - many of whom are not members of political parties - can be involved in.

We'll prepare some information, and a few ideas of how people can help our work - but are interested in hearing ideas from others about things we can do to highlight the government's terrible record.


Let us know you're coming / invite your friends on Facebook: General Election - what can we do?


We want your ideas for things we can do ahead of the election to make issues like the NHS privatisation, Education cuts, and increasing poverty central to the election. Stroud Against the Cuts is not affiliated to any political party and this meeting is not about who you should vote for, but about other work we can do.

We also have some ideas for action of our own that we'd love some help with:

* Help organising, publicising and funding a big public event on the NHS before the election (with NHS workers at its heart - as part of the national NHS Roadshow)

* Help with Register to Vote efforts

* Help with writing, designing, distributing (and paying for) leaflets - on the NHS, Education, and Wages/Poverty/Benefits - or other topics relevant to our core topics of cuts and privatisation that you suggest

* Help identifying, creating and sharing the best social media content

* Help identifying people who might be willing to speak to us about the impact of cuts and privatisation on them

* Help filming, editing and sharing videos featuring the best of the above

* Donations to help fund the above work and targeted social media advertising

* Volunteers to host stalls around the constituency on Saturday each week before the election

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:17 )

County Council Election May 4th 2017 - Stroud area candidates and results from 2013

Friday, 28 April 2017 16:21 administrator
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As well as the General Election on June 8th, on Thursday 4th May, elections will take place across the 53 electoral divisions which make up Gloucestershire County Council. These elections will determine how the county council - which manages Road, Adults Social Care, Libraries, and other services is run.

The last local (county) election took place in 2013 - with the Conservatives the largest party. On our website we have links to information and a summary of the results and candidates in the Stroud area (the latter are copied below). You can find information about how to vote, and the candidates that are standing across Gloucestershire on the County Council's website, which will also host the results. Results from 2013 are available online.

2013:                                                                        2017:


Bisley and Painswick


Bisley and Painswick GCC page, Electorate - 9,452

Winner: Conservative - Jason Bullingham - 1,500 votes. Candidate: Keith Rippington

2nd: Green - Anna Bonnalack - 928 votes.                    Candidate: Alan Mossman
3rd: UKIP - Duncan Richardson - 625 votes.                  No candidate in 2017

4th: Labour - Sheila McGrath - 456 votes.                     No candidate in 2017

5th: Liberal Democrats - Daniel Much - 145 votes          Candidate: Alexander Findlay


Cam Valley

Cam Valley GCC page, Electorate - 10,294
Winner: Conservative - Brian Tipper - 1,479 votes.         Candidate: Brian Tipper

2nd: Labour - John Fowles - 1,409 votes.                       Candidate: Julie Douglass

3rd: Liberal Democrat - Thomas Cairns - 315 votes.       Candidate: Adrian Walker-Smith

4th: Green - Tony McNulty - 271 votes.                         No candidate in 2017.


Dursley GCC page, Electorate - 8,612

Winner: Labour & Cooperative - Steve Lydon - 1,003 votes. Candidate: Steve Lydon

2nd: Conservative - Alex Stennet - 952 votes.                   Candidate: Loraine Patrick

3rd: Liberal Democrats - Brian Marsh - 558 votes.              Candidate: George Butcher

4th: Green Party - Nicola Hilary - 345 votes.                      No candidate in 2017

Hardwick & Severn

Hardwick & Severn GCC page, Electorate 8,379

Winner: Conservative - Anthony Blackburn - 1,246 votes.    Candidate: Stephen Davis

2nd: Labour - Sarah Madley - 658 votes.                           Candidate: Liz Ashton

3rd: Green - Sue Hartley - 367 votes.                                Candidate: Sue Hartley

4th: Liberal Democrat - Myles Robinson - 129.                    Candidate: Mike Stayte


Minchinhampton GCC page, Electorate 9,983

Winner: Conservative - Stan Waddington - 1,243 votes.      Candidate: Dorcas Binns

2nd: Green Party - John Williams - 946 votes.                    Candidate: Rachel Smith

3rd: UKIP - Adrian Blake - 743 votes.                                No candidate in 2017.

4th: Labour - David Taylor - 637 votes.                              No candidate in 2017.

5th: Liberal Democrats - Felicity Hornby - 153 votes.          No candidate in 2017.


Nailsworth GCC page, Electorate - 9,021
Winner: Conservative - Dorcas Binns - 1,351 votes.            Candidate: Emma Sims

2nd: Labour - Jo Smith - 1,128 votes.                               Candidate: Steve Robinson

3rd: Green Party - Uta Baldauf - 578 votes.                        Candidate: Sarah Blowers

4th: Liberal Democrats - Paul McCloskey - 135 votes.          Candidate: Colleen Rothwell

5th:                                                                                Independent: Robert Paterson


Rodborough GCC page, Electorate - 8,536
Winner: Labour - Brian Oosthuysen - 1,318 votes.             Candidate: Brian Oosthuysen

2nd: UKIP - Richard Williams - 549 votes.                         No candidate in 2017

3rd: Conservative - Roger Cuddington - 546 votes.            Candidate: Alex Bisset

4th: Green Party - Philip Blombery - 340 votes.                 Candidate: Philip Blomberg  

5th: Liberal Democrat - Christine Headley - 297 votes.       Canidate: Christine Headley


Stonehouse GCC page, Electorate - 9,364
Winner: Labour & Cooperative - Lesley Williams - 1,111 votes. Candidate: Lesley Williams

2nd: Conservative - Lawrie Hall - 458 votes.                       Candidate: Ginny Smar

3rd: UKIP - Steve Parker - 410 votes.                                 Candidate: Glenville Gogerly

4th: Independent - Trevor Baker - 281 votes.                      Not a candidate in 2017

5th: Green Party - Clare Sheriden - 183 votes.                    Candidate: Carol Kambites

6th: Liberal Democrats - Roberta Crawley - 73 votes.           Candidate: Sylvia Bridgland

7th: Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition - Chris Moore -


Stroud Central

Stroud Central GCC page, Electorate - 10,438
Winner: Green Party - Sarah Lunnon - 1,504 votes.             Candidate: Eva Ward

2nd: Labour - Tosca Cabello-Watson - 1,042 votes.              Candidate: Debbie Hicks

3rd: Conservative - Debbie Young - 577 votes.                    Candidate: Debbie Young

4th: UKIP - Harry Carr - 512 votes.                                    No candidate in 2017.

5th: Liberal Democrats - Adrian Walker-Smith - 108 votes.   Candidate: Steve Dechan


Wotton-Under-Edge GCC page, Electorate -8,467

Winner: Liberal Democrats - John Cordwell - 1,251 votes.    Candidate: John Cordwell

2nd: Conserviate - Lesley Reeves - 1,114 votes.                  Candidate: Graham Smith

3rd: Labour - Laurence Cotterell - 344 votes.                       Candidate: Mark Huband

4th: Green Party - Graham Spender - 224 votes.                 No candidate in 2017

5th: No candidate in 2013                                                 UKIP: David Hinder

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 April 2017 18:10 )

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