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28th August 2015
TARLETON ACADEMY Celebrates 'Best Ever' GCSE Results
Source: Tarleton Academy Press Release

Students at Tarleton Academy are walking tall after achieving the school’s best ever results. This reflects a continued upward trend with outstanding outcomes for students across the ability range. High expectations, targeted support and the continued hard work of students in partnership with parents and staff have been instrumental in this year's results. The Academy has forged ahead yet again in a marked lead over national averages as it goes from strength to strength enthusing and inspiring students.

Tarleton academy GCSE results

This year 80% of all entries were A*-C compared to 68.8% nationally, with 20% of all grades A*/A. Students also achieved the school’s best ever 72% of 5 or more GCSE A*-C grades including English and Maths. Over the last few years there has been a particular focus on the individual progress of students from their personal starting points and this is now a well-established area of particular strength at Tarleton.

Maths has emerged as an outstanding faculty over the last four years into a vibrant, energetic and creative area of the school which is now setting the pace nationally and locally. Maths stands out as the jewel in the crown at Tarleton this year with a stunning 90% of students achieving A* to C compared to 62.4% nationally and 22% of all students achieving A*/A (national figure 15%). In secondary schools, students are expected to make three levels of progress from their individual entry points. In this year group an amazing 87% of students achieved this benchmark in Maths compared to 65% nationally last year. A hugely impressive 46% also achieved more than expected progress compared to 29% nationally in 2014.

English has also maintained its levels of excellence at the Academy with 80% of students achieving A*-C in English (61.7% national) including 21% at A*/A. Three levels progress in English was achieved by 85% of students (compared to 70% nationally last year) with an incredible 49% of students surpassing expected progress (compared to 32% nationally last year). English Literature was also basking in the success of 94% of students achieved A*-C with a phenomenal 29% of these grades at A*/A.

The Academy has also maintained its reputation as a centre of excellence for Science. In the last three years the number of students studying a minimum of two academic GCSEs in Science has increased from 46% to 77%. Of these students, 86% achieved a minimum of two A*-C grades. Students studying GCSEs in all three sciences achieved 99% A*-C with a tremendous 33% of these at A*/A. To date these levels of excellence in Science have been achieved in dilapidated science labs, which makes the accomplishment all the more remarkable. From September 2015 the students will be returning to a completely overhauled and refurbished suite of labs following a successful bid for funding made by the Academy.

Other subjects are also celebrating fabulous results, which is an indication of how wide the talents of Tarleton students range.  Other subjects achieving above the 80% A*-C mark include: History (88%), Art and Design (98%), Child Development (95%), PE (80%), RE (80%) and Dance (83.3%). Modern Languages in German, French and Spanish have also improved across the board on last year and we are also celebrating two small cohorts of Polish and Portuguese GCSE with 100 A*/A.

Outstanding individual successes are being celebrated at the very top end for Maddie Marshall (9A*/1A), Alyssa Young (7A*/3A), Rosie Walsh (6A*/5A), Michael Morgan (6A*/4A/1B), Luke Taylor (5A*/5A/1B), Alice Burns (5A*/5A), Robyn Hoskin (4A*/7A), Louise Aspinall (3A*/7A) and Anna Jackson (1A*/8A/2B). Other students across the ability range are also rightly celebrating.

Mrs Gwinnett, the Headteacher at the school has said: “We are tremendously proud of these results and we feel they are a wonderful reflection of the hard work and dedication of our students and staff. The results in Maths, English and Science are particularly incredible when compared with the national picture and is clear evidence of our ability to give our students the best of starts in their adult life. In a year which saw us achieve an Outstanding Inclusion Quality Mark and a glowing Ofsted Report, these results represent the fantastic advances we have made in the last 3 years. It is particularly pleasing to see students achieving grades that reflect them as individuals. This was such a fantastic year group who absolutely deserve this success. I have no doubt they will go on to achieve wonderful things.”

The Chair of Governors, Helen Dicker, is also incredibly proud and has said: "Without the hard work of our students and staff and the support of their parents none of our success would be possible. We have had a tremendous year at Tarleton Academy with a great set of exam results and the completion of £3 million of building works and renovations to the school site. Over the past four years, significant improvements have been made in all aspects of school life and the governing body is delighted to see these impact so positively on our students."


12th August 2015
Broke FMX back at Mere Brow BANK HOLIDAY FAIR
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Broke FMX Motocross DisplayFreestyle Motocross has become a leading spectator attraction since it took-off just a few years ago and is now one of the country’s leading crowd-pullers. And anyone unfamiliar with it need look no further than Southport Town & Country Fair over the Bank Holiday weekend at The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow.

There will be a packed programme of events over all three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 29 – 31, but the Broke FMX team will be giving three, breath-taking, displays only on Sunday and Monday.

With the riders performing acrobatic stunts: at up to 35 feet above the ground, or around height of an average house and over ground distances in excess of 100 feet; they will literally be impossible to miss ! And just in case you don’t believe what you are seeing the riders even provide an on-board commentary while performing some of their hair-raising stunts. While between displays show-goers can visit the Broke FMX interactive stand, meet the riders and a get a close-up of both them and their machines.

Leader of the Leyland-based team, John Pearson, commented: “We have spent around ten years traveling the world, pushing the boundaries of FMX and setting new, high, standards for other motorcycle display teams to follow. We came to Southport for the first time last year – to the Country Fair – and we really impressed with how enthusiastic and knowledgeable the crowd were. So we are really looking forward to this year’s show.”

There will be a number of themed areas within the overall site, such as:

Dog arena: fun dog shows (Saturday and Sunday only 13.30 approx.), organised by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with prizes and rosettes for the Class Winners. Classes include ‘Handsomest’ dog, best biscuit catcher, golden oldie, waggiest tail and the not-to-be-missed ‘fastest sausage eater’ – so bring along the family’s best friend. Southport photographer Diana Celine will be providing each class winner with a free 10 x 8 ins. portrait of their choice. Demonstration and Scurry by Mere Brow Gun Dogs on all three days. Siberian Huskies, including a main arena parade on Saturday and Monday.

Creature House: ever-popular favourites include the North West Reptile Society, Banks Homing Pigeon Society, ferrets and, still-to-be-confirmed, budgerigars.

There’s a veritable A – Z of Country Pursuits to be found throughout the site: alpacas (Sunday only), duck-racing, ferret-racing, goat-racing, North West Stick-Makers and S&R Birds of Prey static display of hawks, owls and other raptors Sunday & Monday only).

Other attractions range from Jema Leopold’s Performing Horses and Ponies to a display of Ford side-valve vintage cars (Monday only), air-rifle shooting with the Tawd Vale Shooting Club, and antiques and Egyptian artifacts.

14th Southport Town & Country Fair - 10.00 - 17.30, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 29 - 31, The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, PR4 6JX. Tickets £6.00 for adults or just £5.00 if booked in advance via the Ticket Hotline on 01704 212734. OAPs and the disabled £5.00. Children (over three years) FREE on Saturday and until 12.00 Sunday – and £2.00 thereafter. Family Ticket, for two adults and three children, just £16.00.


12th August 2015
VIP TRUSTEES REQUIRED
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Villages in Partnership is the trading name of the Rural Community Partnership Trust, Charity Number 1111237, which is based in Eccleston. The Villages in Partnership Board of Trustees are a group of people who are there to govern and oversee the charity’s activities to ensure compliance with charity law.

They are the governing body of the charity and are ultimately responsible for everything the charity does. They are also responsible for setting our short and long term strategic aims and objectives.

  • The Trustees’ fundamental role is to determine:
  • The overall direction of the charity
  • Provide leadership
  • Uphold the charity’s fiduciary responsibilities

Villages in Partnership would like to add more trustees to their board. By becoming a trustee you will be joining the charity at a time of growth and development.

We are looking for individuals with the skills, energy and passion to assist with continuing the boards’ work in taking the charity forward. This role requires attendance at the monthly meeting of the trustees, which are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month.

For further information and details of how to apply, please contact vip@villagesinpartnership.co.uk or telephone 01257 452698.


22nd July 2015
MP BACKS GREEN LANE LINK
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A campaign to force a rethink on a shelved relief road for villages has won backing in Parliament.

South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy has thrown her political weight behind the Green Lane Link near Tarleton after hearing locals consider it “essential” to ease traffic congestion and reduce risks at an accident blackspot.

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22nd July 2015
'Best Kept' WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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Hesketh Bank Parish Council has today announced the winners of their very first ‘Best Kept’ competition, awarding them tickets to Southport Flower Show.

The judges, Mrs Tyson of Landsdowne Camping and Duncan Taylor of Arden Lea, were tasked with finding winners in three categories as follows:

Best Kept Business Premises

From a shortlist of 5 organisations, the winner is All Saints School.  Mrs Tyson said “This was an outright winner for us because it is well kept, well thought out and educational.”

Best Kept Front Garden

The judges struggled to come up with just one winner from the shortlist of 11 and so decided on joint the winners being 9 Chandlers Croft and 34 Becconsall Lane.  Duncan Taylor said “We felt that there was merit in awarding a large and small garden because we could not decide between the two.”

Best Kept Allotment

Once again the judges failed to pick one winner from the shortlist of 11 and so settled on joint winners being plots 15 and 37.  Both judges felt that this was the most difficult category to judge saying they were “Impressed by the quality and range of products being grown.”  However, they did point out that some of the best crops hadn’t been harvested, which was a shame.

Councillor Diane Earles, who led the working party for the project said “We would like to thank our judges for their hard work and deliberations.  It is clear that we have a lot of people that take pride in their piece of Hesketh Bank, which is what this competition was all about.”  She continued, “Congratulations to the winners and to everyone in the village that makes it a pleasant place to live.”


16th July 2015
Best Kept Front Garden Shortlist Announced
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Hesketh Bank Parish Council has announced the shortlist of front gardens in their very first ‘Best Kept’ competition.

Judges have been tasked with finding the best kept front garden in the village and have come up with the following, in no particular order, as their shortlist:

      • 188 Moss Lane
      • 4 Delta Park Drive
      • 35 Delta Park Drive
      • 34 Becconsall Lane
      • 11 Ribble Drive
      • 12 Delta Park Drive
      • 28 Moss Lane
      • 1 Sidney Avenue
      • 6 Woodlea Road
      • 9 Chandlers Croft
      • 59 Moss Lane

The judges, Mrs Tyson of Lansdowne Camping and Duncan Taylor of Arden Lea, said “It was a pleasure to go around the village and see so many lovely gardens, but that made it difficult to decide on the shortlist.  The home owners that made it onto the shortlist should be very proud.”

All those shortlisted will be presented with a certificate at the Hesketh Bank Horticultural Show on Saturday 19 September and the winner will be announced on 22 July, taking away tickets to Southport Flower Show as their prize.


15th July 2015
Best Kept Business Premises Shortlist Announced
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Hesketh Bank Parish Council has announced the shortlist of business premises in their very first ‘Best Kept’ competition.

Judges have been tasked with finding the best kept business premises in the village and have come up with the following, in no particular order, as their shortlist:

      • R&J Wright Haulage
      • Hesketh Bank Fish Bar
      • Top Shop Newsagents
      • All Saints School
      • Shore Farm

The judges, Mrs Tyson of Lansdowne Camping and Duncan Taylor of Arden Lea, said “It was really good to see so many businesses taking pride in their premises, but that made it difficult to decide on the shortlist.  The businesses on the shortlist should be very proud.”

All those shortlisted will be presented with a certificate at the Hesketh Bank Horticultural Show on Saturday 19 September and the winner will be announced on 22 July, taking away tickets to Southport Flower Show as their prize.


9th July 2015
A Day at the Races – you can bet on it !
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‘Punters’ after a ‘flutter’ and some fun need look no further than the 2nd Southport Country Fair Race Day at The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, on Sunday July 19, 2015.

The show was launched last year by local businessman Kelvin Pye and proved so successful that is back by public demand.

Pig racing‘They’re off !’ at 11.30 and Kelvin has promised a minimum of a 12-race card featuring a range of farm-yard and domestic animals including: ferrets, goats, Indian Runner Ducks, pigs, sheep, Shetland Ponies and even International Formula 5nail . . . for those who like their fun a little less than ‘Fast and Furious’.

‘Honest Joe’ the bookie will be on-site and covering all bets . . . up to a maximum of £1.00 . . . and for the uninitiated it is literally as simple as picking your favourite colour.

“We had a great time last year,” said Kelvin, “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I hope it will be even better this time around.”

In addition to the racing there will be a full programme of events throughout the day.  This includes a, musical, horse and pony ‘Liberty’ performance by circus-trained, Jema Leopold, who has been running her own display team since 2006.

The show is very dog-friendly and owners are encouraged to bring their ‘man’s best friend’ along with them.  There will be a Fun Dog Show, organised by the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, starting around 13.15.

There will be a total of seven different classes and owners entering their dogs into two classes will be entitled to enter a third class for free.

Other canine capers will include a Gun Dog demonstration and scurry from the local Mere Brow Gun Dogs Club and Flyball dog-racing plus Siberian Huskies demonstrating their sled-pulling prowess.

There will also be an air-rifle shooting range, with proceeds raised going to the Royal British Legion.

2nd Southport Country Race Day - 10.00 – 18.00, Sunday July 19, The Leisure Lakes, the Gravel, Mere Brow, PR4 6JX.  Adult tickets £4.50, (or £4.00 if booked in advance via the Ticket Hotline on 01704 212734), OAPs £4.00,and children (over three years) £1.00 or just £11.00 for a Family Ticket covering two adults and up to three children. 


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