Praise from Minister for State for city primary school

The Minister of State for School Standards has praised a Wolverhampton school for the "very high level of progress" its pupils made at Key Stage 2 last year. Nick Gibb MP wrote to West Park Primary School Headteacher Briony Jones to congratulate her on the performance of children in reading, writing and mathematics across Key Stage 2. Children recorded progress scores of 3.8, 5.4 and 3.8 in reading, writing and mathematics respectively, putting West Park in the top 3% of primary schools nationally. He wrote: "I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school demonstrated last year. "The Government wants to ensure that e

Finchfield Library reopens after £19,000 makeover

Finchfield Library is open to customers once more following a £19,000 makeover. The work to the popular council-run facility included redecoration work throughout, while the interior layout was reconfigured to create more space, with the old counter replaced with a smaller, modern reception desk. Computer workstations and shelving have also been repositioned to meet accessibility requirements and create additional space. Councillor Harman Banger, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "While in other parts of the country libraries may be closing, we are continuing to invest in what we believe are very important community assets. "We have 16 libraries acros

Children at respite centre making “good progress” says Ofsted

A City of Wolverhampton Council-run respite centre for children and young people with emotional or behavioural difficulties has been rated Good by Ofsted. Inspector Debbie Bond visited Upper Pendeford Farm, which provides short breaks for up to six young people at a time, last month. She found that young people “make good progress and develop their independence skills", with staff going "that extra mile" to improve the health and welfare of the children in their care. Staff "prioritise children's education and work closely with teachers", meaning they "do not miss out on vital learning and understand the importance of education". The careful planning of stays means that children develop frie

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