We thought we would share with you one of our most recent projects, of which we are immensely proud and which holds a special place in our hearts. Based in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, very close to where some of the team live, is a very special school.
Living Streets’ annual campaign, Walk to School Week, will be taking place between the 16th and 20th May. Getting children walking from a young age is an investment for life, providing the opportunity to create an active lifestyle habit that will last a lifetime.
It’s spring, which means (hopefully) the weather is improving and we can start to spend more time outside. For some unknown reason, many people with gardens don’t spend as much time enjoying them as they should.
The headlines this week have highlighted the growing number of families whose children have failed to be allocated a place at their preferred primary school next September. For many schools, this will be a far too familiar story, as they have (yet again) been forced to reluctantly turn potential pupils away. Many will have applied for capital funding to increase classroom capacity and some will have been successful. However, a large number of schools will have found their Local Authority purse lacking in sufficient funds to build a long overdue addition to their pupil provision.
The warning bells are ringing out, heralding an imminent crisis in secondary school places, as the population bulge which has been affecting primary school for the last five years begins to squeeze through into the secondary sector. Whilst the Department for Education will not be releasing official figures for the recently announced secondary school place allocations until June, a number of local authorities are suggesting that the crisis is spreading from London to other major cities and densely populated counties.