Police Commissioner starts
work with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority
MERSEYSIDE Police Commissioner, Jane
Kennedy, has started her work with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority after
joining the board as a full voting member. Jane Kennedy attended her 1st
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) meeting after members of the
Authority unanimously approved the move, which aims to further cement ties
between the 2 blue light services. The Commissioner has already been working
closely with the Authority to boost existing collaboration initiatives between
Merseyside Police and MFRA, with the goal of looking for opportunities to share
resources and see where savings can be made while maintaining the unique
identities of the 2 services.
A Joint Police and Fire and Rescue Committee has already been established to
consider on going and potential future collaboration.
The committee, on which
the Police Commissioner and her Deputy, Cllr Emily Spurrell, both sit as
co-opted members, brings both organisations together to look at how they can
work in even closer partnership to further increase efficiency and
As part of this, a small project team reviews current and
potential future collaboration.
Jane said:- "The Police and the Fire
Service are different organisations, with different needs, but, by joining the
Authority, I will be in a position to help identity priority areas where closer
working could lead to an enhanced service for the public or a better use of the
limited resources, both organisations receive. Merseyside Police and Merseyside
Fire and Rescue Services already work effectively together. We now share a
number of buildings across the region, with the Joint Command and Control Centre
in Bridle Road exemplifying how efficiencies and savings can be made when the 2
organisations collaborate. I am pleased to be working constructively with the
Chair of the Authority, Cllr Dave Hanratty, Authority members, and Chief Fire
Officer Dan Stephens and his Officers for the greater good for people across the
The Commissioner's inaugural appearance at the Authority meeting comes ahead of
the 1st anniversary of the introduction of the Policing and Crime Act 2017,
which placed a duty on Police, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Ambulance Services
Chair of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Dave Hanratty said:-
"We welcome the Commissioner to the Authority and look
forward to working together with all emergency services for the benefit of all
members of our community. Effective collaboration is 1 of the cornerstones of
our work and the addition of Jane's voice to the Authority can only serve to
further and enhance our joint efforts to protect people across Merseyside."
Liverpool School is at the
very top of the class
A Liverpool Primary School at the heart
of 1 of the most deprived wards in the country has been rated:-
'outstanding' in every single category by education inspectors.
Ofsted has lavished praise on the 282 pupils, teachers, support staff and
governors at Whitefield Primary School in Everton, concluding that they are
fulfilling their motto of "nothing but the best."
Staff are described as:- "unflagging in giving pupils the nurture and
support they need to succeed." Children starting School with below
average skills and knowledge make excellent progress by the time they leave
reception. By the end of year six, progress in English and maths is above the
national average. The behaviour of pupils is described as:- "impeccable"
and they are:- "polite and articulate" with an:-
"outstanding attitude to learning." Attendance is also above the
national average; with Ofsted noting that senior staff will call at the homes of
pupils who are unnecessarily absent and take them in to School if necessary.
Executive Headteacher Nadine Carroll; who has been with the School since 2010;
has an "exceptional" determination to provide the highest quality
of education for pupils. The School is located in a ward where 48.7% of children
live in poverty, well above the City average of 32% and the national average of
20% and where 1 in 4 people are out of work. It is among the top 1% of most
deprived areas in the country. The proportion of pupils with special educational
needs and disabilities is above average, as are the number of children eligible
for pupil premium funding. Also praised were the wide variety of School clubs,
work to promote fitness and sport, and the link between School and home is
described as:- "very strong."
Executive headteacher Nadine Carroll said:- "I am so incredibly proud of
everyone at the School and this report is down to all of their hard work and
determination. We just strive to make every day a fantastic learning experience
for our pupils, and I am so pleased that the inspectors have recognised that.
But this isn't just down to the School; we have a fantastic partnership with
parents who want their children to do well, and we help them help us."
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for schools, Councillor Nick Small, said:-
"Whitefield Primary School is absolute proof that you do not need to be located
within a leafy suburb to provide the very best education for children. It shows
that if you have the right leadership, the enthusiasm and commitment is
infectious and drives the entire School forward. Although 90% of our
primary Schools are classed as good or outstanding, we are absolutely not
complacent. Through our recently launched Liverpool Promise we are committed to
sharing the outstanding practice at Schools such as Whitefield and embedding it
within other Schools."
Whitefield Primary School was previously ranked:- 'good' when it
was last inspected in 2013, and prior to that was rated:- 'satisfactory'