York High and Westfield amongst schools likely to be hit by strike action on Tuesday

Teachers’ unions the NUT and the NASUWT are planning a one-day strike for their members on Tuesday 1 October 2013.

Information about the school closures is detailed below and will be updated regularly. However, if you have any queries, please contact your school directly.

Contact details for schools can be found here.

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York GCSE results

Pupils, parents and teachers are celebrating today!

Whilst it is being reported nationally that results are down on last year, York pupils have bucked this trend with schools showing a 4 per cent improvement on last year’s results.

Provisional results show that 67 per cent of young people achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths GCSE, compared to 63 per cent last year.

This result is the highest ever for the city. Fulford school, Huntington school, Archbishop Holgate’s school and All Saints school all achieved over 70 per cent.

York Stories 2012 time capsule burial

TMachine eThe York Stories 2012 project is drawing to a close on Tuesday 13 August when a time capsule full of stories and artefacts collected throughout the past year will be sealed into the York Bar walls.

So far people have added many items including USB sticks loaded with pictures and stories, a copy of The Press, a chocolate mould from York Cocoa House and many other items.

The time capsule has toured the city over the past three months and has made stops at York Explore, St George’s primary school, Auden House residential home and Burton Stone Lane community centre.

For more info go to http://www.yorkstories2012.com/

York schools big spend on supply teachers

The Council has revealed how much each school in the City has spent on supply teachers .

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Supply teachers are brought in to cover staff vacancies and sickness. In some cases the school sources the supply teacher themselves whilst others use agencies.

In total several million pounds is spent on employing supply teachers in York each year

Highest spending secondary school was Huntington at over £160,000.

In the primary sector Poppleton Road paid out £73,000

Locally York High spent £26,000

Westfield Primary school spent just over £70,000 while Hob Moor spent around £29,000.

A full list can be found by clicking here

Meanwhile York’s Liberal Democrats have welcomed an £880,200 increase in funding to York Primary Schools from the Pupil Premium in 2014/15.

This increase represents a £400 rise for every qualifying child and is the largest ever increase in the Pupil Premium for primary schools.

The Pupil Premium is a major Lib Dem priority being delivered by the Coalition Government.

It ensures that extra money is targeted at schools depending on the number of pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years.

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months, and children of Armed Forces personnel.

Labour cut waste collection, road maintenance, community centres, libraries, elderly persons homes, ice clearance, job training and Social Services.

Cuts to street level services click to enlarge

Cuts to street level services click to enlarge

Labour’s hopelessly misjudged Council budget proposals are set to be approved tonight. Cuts to all front line public services are planned yet

Labour also intend to retain a £1 million a year “slush fund” which is used to pay for a range of inessential “vanity” projects.

The £1 million this year has been used to pay for lighting and firework displays, free WiFi access in the City centre, a plan to open the Bonding warehouse as a “digital media hub”, building design competitions, an “innovation catalyst” programme; not to mention the occasional foreign travel trip.

More waste is evident in the Councils capital programme where commitments to introducing an unnecessary Citywide 20 mph speed limit and the purchase of a barge for use as an arts centre have seen interest payments, on borrowed money, double since Labour took control of the Council.

Abandoning these “vanity” projects and making good use of the reduced running costs (down by £375,000) of its new HQ would allow the Council to restore many of the most damaging cuts.

Labour’s key proposals would see:

A 1.9% hike in Council tax levels (despite central government offering to underwrite the costs of a freeze)

• Privatisation or outsourcing of leisure/swimming pool management the Warden Call service and the “Sheltered housing with extra care” service. Even the Mansion House will be commercialised

Grants to Museums Trust cut by £100,000, the Theatre Royal by £101,000 with similar % cuts other voluntary sector bodies

• At a time when people are rightly worried following revelations about meat quality, trading standards faces a £42,000 cut, while there will be less air quality monitoring.

• There will be less for job training as Future Prospects loses £150,000

• The closure of elderly persons homes will be brought forward meaning that some residents face double moves before new accommodation is completed. In 2014 pensioners will face a 90p charge when using their passes on Park and Ride services

Disabled facilities at Greenworks and Brunswick Nursery cut by £50,000 Supported employment budget cut by £200,000 forcing disabled people into “mainstream employment”

Social Service clients with personal budgets will lose out from a £500,000 budget cut

Looked after children – basically those with foster parents – face a £700,000 cut with another £400,000 to come off in 2014.

Respite services get a £50,000 reduction.

Children’s centres face a £128,000 cut in 2014

• The toy library bus will scrapped in 2014

Some reductions in expenditure were inevitable.

Labour have simply chosen to economise on the wrong services.

Meanwhile there are some concerns about the likely quality of tonights Council debate

We the undersigned petition the council to keep open Burnholme Community College

Residents have started an “on line” petition aimed at persuading the Council not to close the Burnholme College.

The petition an be found at https://www.york.gov.uk/Doitonline “Have your say”

The petition reads:

“We the undersigned petition the council to keep open Burnholme Community College”

“Burnholme is a small, caring, supportive school in the heart of the community. It has great GCSE results and a Good OFSTED report. The best Value Add(Student improvement) in the city. The school is willing for anyone to visit to see for themselves”.

Please also complete the online consultation at http://www.york.gov.uk/consultation

This ePetition runs from 02/03/2012 to 12/04/2012.

£190,000 boost for Westfield schools

The Coalition government has confirmed that an extra £1 million is to be allocated to York schools next year. The money takes the form of a “pupil premium” which provides funding to schools for children on free school meals. It was one of the four key commitments in the Liberal Democrat manifesto in 2010.
It is designed to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and is allocated to schools, who can spend it in whatever way they believe best supports children.
Children who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also qualify for the Pupil Premium.
In Westfield it will mean an extra £85, 888 for the local High School plus £53,192 & £51,240 respectively for the Westfield and Hob Moor Primary schools.
The allocations are the largest for any equivalent school in the City.
At the recent Liberal Democrat Party Conference, Education Minister Sarah Teather announced that the funding available for the Pupil Premium would be increased to £1.25bn. The funding available will continue to increase until 2014/15, when the scheme will be worth £2.5bn.
The funding means schools will now receive almost £500 for each child on free school meals to help reduce under achievement by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This year York’s schools will receive over £1.2m in Pupil Premium funding, £200,000 more than they received last year.
The full list of local allocations is reproduced below. Further information can be found on the following web site: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/adminandfinance/financialmanagement/schoolsrevenuefunding/settlement2012pupilpremium

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