Kingston students have achieved impressive GCSE and A level results this year.
Provisional figures show that the percentage of students gaining five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics has risen to 73 per cent, up three per cent from 2012 - Kingston's best ever performance at Key Stage 4.
The proportion of students achieving five or more A*-C GCSEs in all subjects rose to 89 per cent (from 88 per cent last year).
Those attaining A*-C grade in both English and mathematics rose to 74 per cent (from 71 per cent last year), and there was an increase in English Baccalaureate passes to 42 per cent (from 35 per cent last year).
Sadly, Lesley Heap did not win the council seat in the by-election. The result in full was:
Conservative: 1033 votes
Lesley Heap, Liberal Democrat: 760 votes
Labour: 717 votes
UKIP: 223 votes
Green: 207 votes
Liberal Democrats in Government are investing to deliver more jobs and apprenticeships across Kingston borough in a range of industries.
Kingston College is providing a range of these - from green industries to hairdressing to working with British Airways.
Following the appointment of Cllr Liz Green as Leader of the Council, there have been some further changes in the positions of responsibility held by other Liberal Democrat councillors.
After a long campaign by Edward Davey MP and the New Malden Focus Team, work has finally started to upgrade the facilities at New Malden Station.
Whilst white smoke has not been seen billowing from the chimney at Guildhall, nonetheless one of the most important elections for the Borough has just taken place.
The Liberal Democrat Administration has unanimously put their support behind their new woman Leader, Councillor Liz Green who has been the Deputy Leader since 2009.
Cllr Trevor Heap, Lesley Heap, Edward Davey MP, Cllr Simon James
Lesley Heap is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the New Malden (Beverley ward) by-election, which will take place on Thursday 25th July. Lesley is a former NHS employee who worked in community medicine. She now works as a Junior swimming coach.
Following years of frustration for parents and councillors who have campaigned for a new secondary school in North Kingston, the DfE has finally announced today that a new free school will be provided at the North Kingston Centre from September 2014.
Cllr Sushila Abraham and the Lib Dem team have slammed the proposals by the Conservative Mayor of London to close the police front desk at Millbank House and to cut the number of dedicated officers on the beat in Berrylands.
The Liberal Democrats in Richmond and Kingston boroughs have chosen former BBC producer and Vice Chair of the London Liberal Democrats, Robin Meltzer, as the new Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency of Richmond Park, including parts of North Kingston and New Malden.
Commenting on his selection, Robin said: “I am determined to speak up for local residents who want to see a stronger economy in a fairer society, where everyone can get on in life.
The Red Lion Road Industrial Estate has long since grown past being a small, local industrial area employing people from the local community. Like many other industrial estates, it now comprises a great many warehouse and distribution facilities. These facilities by their very nature encourage a high volume of large heavy goods vehicles which are totally unsuited to the residential roads that surround the Red Lion Road Industrial Estate.
Sushila with fellow ward councillor Bob Steed and some of the Berrylands team
Congratulations to Sushila Abraham, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Berrylands by-election on 28th February, who beat the Conservative candidate into second place.
The full result is:
|Sushila Abraham (Liberal Democrat)
Anyone who uses Norbiton Station will know about the dangerous gap between the train and the platform. Mothers with small children and older people, in particular struggle to get on and off trains daily.
Join our campaign to persuade South West Trains and Network Rail to address the dangerously wide gap between the platform and the trains at Norbiton station.
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Liberal Democrats on Kingston Council fully support Kingston Environment Group and the campaign to make Kingston a 'greener' place. This report is from the Kingston Council Press Office:
Schools, businesses and residents are being urged to join forces to help combat climate change and make Kingston a greener place in a week of action and events.
Kingston Lib Dem councillors are backing the MetalMatters campaign to encourage people to recycle metals.
Leaflets have been sent out to Kingston residents since Christmas explaining that metal items can now be put out in the green recycling box every week.
Here are some of the items that can now be recycled:
Wrapping foil and foil trays
Metal bottle tops and lids.
Everything should be rinsed before being put in the box.