South of the Borough

Award ceremony celebrates achievements of Kingston children with Special Educational Needs

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kingston and Richmond have been given recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony. The awards run by Kingston and Richmond’s social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC) took place

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@JamesBerryMP supports greater protection for police officers

Speaking in a debate on the issue of police officer safety yesterday, James Berry has stressed the need establish greater protections for police officers after figures revealed that there were 23,000 assault on police officers in 2015/2016. In his speech,

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Surbiton residents in with chance of winning £25,000 to regenerate playground as voting opens

Voting is now open for the Alexandra Park Community Group to win £25,000 in the Aviva Community Fund 2016. The group, which is raising funds to regenerate the play area at Alexandra Recreation Ground in Tolworth, is in competition with numerous other

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Dig out your bric-a-brac and dust off your old clothes – Jumble Trail is coming to Kingston

Jumble Trail is coming to Kingston for the first time on Sunday 2 October (11am to 4pm), with the support of Recycle for London, the South London Waste Partnership and Kingston Council. Residents who live in the Berrylands area of

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Kingston students celebrate A Level success, bucking national trend

With the final A-level results now in, Kingston students are to be congratulated on continuing the borough’s record of exceeding national standards. In line with the national average, Kingston achieved a 99 per cent pass rate, meaning nearly all the borough’s

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Olympic swimming champion makes waves at Chessington’s pop up pool

Olympic swimming champion, Adam Whitehouse, treated students at Chessington Community College to a special assembly and free swimming lesson, marking the success of the pop up pool in South of the Borough. An impressive 680 people have visited the pool

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#YourVoice James Berry MP: Vital debate on Early Years education

The debate will take place in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Tuesday 12 July – it is  open to the public and will be live streamed on www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons     James Berry writes:    We sometimes think of education as starting only at primary school or once children have  reached their fourth or fifth birthdays, but this is far from the case. Even the very youngest  children are learning all the time and a growing body of research shows that this early  learning is vitally important.  Early education and childcare have been longstanding priorities of mine because of the  important role they play in children’s life chances.  Unless children start school with the building blocks of learning, particularly early language  development, they may struggle to pay attention in the classroom, follow lessons, interact  with their classmates and develop key skills like reading and maths. The research shows that  children who start behind, stay behind.  Roughly nine in every ten three and four year olds currently attend some sort of childcare  each week and I am proud that the government has passed legislation to double the amount of  free child care working parents can claim from 15 to 30 hours each week. Indeed this was a  policy launched right in the heart of my constituency at the Advantage Children’s Day Care  Nursery in Tolworth.  But whilst an additional 15 hours free childcare will be an enormous help to parents in  Kingston and across the country, we must use this opportunity to look at what actually goes  into this childcare. We need to make sure that early years education really does get our  children ready to have the best possible start at school and prevents any child from falling  behind.  Compared to the national average, children in the Kingston borough perform well in speech  and language development at age five, thanks in part to the excellent teaching and SLT  services here. However, the poorest children are almost twice as likely to fall behind and are  already around a year behind their better-off peers by the time they reach this age.  The implications for a child who fails to master basic language skills are clear. It is little  surprise that those children who start behind tend to stay behind, leading to limited chances  of success throughout their lives at school and fewer opportunities beyond.  I want to ensure that all children in Kingston have the chance to fulfil their full potential,  whatever their parents’ circumstances. That is why I have called a debate in Westminster  Hall, together with a cross-party group of MPs, to look at what we can do to make these  objectives a reality.  

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Ward councillors show residents the money

Ward Councillors have £2,000 a piece to get behind grass-roots community spirited projects, activities and local initiatives. Kingston residents are being reminded that their local Councillor can award flexible, small and timely funds for local initiatives within their Ward. The

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BREAKING #KingstonDecides: KINGSTON VOTES TO REMAIN IN EUROPEAN UNION – As it happened

Good evening from The King’s Centre in Chessington on this historic night where Britain will decide whether it wishes to remain a member of the European Union. Yvonne Tracey (our news desk manager) and I will be here through the

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EU referendum voters wade through water as floods hit Kingston

Kingston faces further thunderstorms overnight after downpours disrupted voting in the EU referendum, flooded homes and caused severe travel delays. Torrential rain seeped into polling stations, with one voter in Chessington describing how she had to be carried over the

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