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Edition No. 118

Date:- 27 September 2003

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A LIVERPOOL primary school has received a massive pat on the back from government inspectors.

The education standards watchdog Ofsted has praised Leamington primary school, as 'a very good school' and pupils applauded for 'making good progress in English, maths and science'.

It is a massive turnaround for the school - which opened its doors in 2001 after Leamington Infants and juniors amalgamated to create a new, single school. In a previous report, Leamington Junior School was criticised by inspectors as having 'serious weaknesses'.

New headteacher Marie Egerton - Jones has been singled out for praise. Inspectors said she was the major force behind improvements at the school and has transformed teaching standards there in just 12 months.

Senior Ofsted Inspector Stuart Dobson in his report said:- "This is a very good school. In less than one year since the new headteacher arrived, it is very clear that standards have risen considerably and the school is well placed to improve a lot further. Teaching is predominantly good, and pupils behave well and are well supported."

A thrilled Ms Egerton-Jones said:- "We are delighted with this report. The whole school - pupils, teachers, parents and governors - have worked extremely hard to raise standards. Our children enjoy coming to school and have very positive attitudes to learning. 

We have made a good start and we are now well placed to build on our success and achieve further improvements. The inspectors have confirmed what parents already know - Leamington Primary is a very good school and gives very good value for money!"

The report said teaching in many classes is never less than good. There had been a huge improvement in the last year in literacy and numeracy and pupils with special educational needs are taught well. There had been a tremendous effort by the school to raise standards and ensure pupils achieve their full potential.

Colin Hilton, executive director of education, said:- "Leamington Primary School was created in challenging circumstances and I'm pleased it is making such excellent progress. It is a credit to the whole school team - teachers, pupils, parents and governors - who have all worked very hard to bring about significant improvements in teaching and standards. It is well led and managed and is a caring school where the needs of every child are met, and every child has the opportunity to grow and learn to their full potential."

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Trust gets the key to the door!
Report with thanks to Nick Williams (Health Start)

THE OFFICIAL handover ceremony took place earlier this week to mark the completion of a new two - storey building for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The modular unit, which is based at Southport & Formby District General Hospital, consists of two wards, a theatre and office accommodation. 

Part of the building was used temporarily for a specialist team of orthopaedics from South Africa to carry out hip and knee operations. However, the team has successfully completed the project and the remainder of the construction work. 

Steve Taylor, the Trust's Director of Facilities Management, said:- "This building project has been an excellent example of the strong partnership between the Trust, Costain and PKL. The building work started in April and only took a total of 23 weeks to actually erect.

Part of the unit has already been used for the Overseas Clinical Team and once the official handing over takes place, the building will be occupied by the Trust."

Plans are to use the ground floor to house the Trust's corporate staff, while the first floor will be used for orthopaedics and other surgery. The building will be occupied in late autumn.

Heseltine returns to congratulate Liverpool

TWENTY-TWO years after the Toxteth riots, which led to his memorable period as 'Minister for Merseyside,' Michael Heseltine is returning to Liverpool to witness for himself the extraordinary transformation that is taking place in the city, Merseyside and the Northwest.

As guest of honour at the Mersey Basin Campaign bash earlier this week, Lord Heseltine congratulated Liverpool on two decades of change that crowned with the Capital of Culture win. 

A spectacular series of initiatives resulted from Michael Heseltine's involvement with Merseyside in the early 1980's. Among them were the UK's first international garden festival and the formation of the Merseyside Development Corporation, which transformed the south docks, as well as the Mersey Basin Campaign.

At that time, the River Mersey was the most polluted in Britain. In 1982 Heseltine said, "This a challenge for a generation. A Mersey basin restored to a quality of environmental standards will be of incalculable significance to the creation of new employment... I can think of no more exciting challenge for the decades ahead."

To help clean the river, the Mersey Basin Campaign was established in 1985. With its partners the Campaign has led a massive clean up and in 1999 its success was recognised internationally when it won the inaugural World River Prize. By 2005, nearly £8 billion will have been spent on improvements across the entire river system. Salmon have returned to the Mersey and waterfront regeneration is now big business.

The Campaign's chairman, Joe Dwek CBE, said, "Michael Heseltine had the vision to take on a huge a daunting task and he was right. Successive governments - across the political divide - have seen the benefits of what we been doing. A healthy economy needs a clean environment and the Northwest is no longer the 'dirty man of Europe'."

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