Orchard Hill College has this year taken over the Beaconsfield Centre from the council to deliver courses and services in Kingston.
Orchard Hill’s services focus on learners with special educational needs and it has an excellent reputation for its Individualised Learning Plans, which focus on what each individual learner wants to achieve during their time at College.
Their ability to nurture an individual’s talents and further their skills for the future has been commended by a recent Ofsted inspection that showed them to be ‘outstanding’ under Ofsted’s rating system.
Thanks to the Liberal Democrats in Government schools in Kingston have been granted an extra £3.2 million through the Pupil Premium scheme for the year 2013-2014.
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Responding to today’s press reports that the Government’s Airports Commission will recommend a 3rd or even a 4th runway at Heathrow, Cllr Liz Green, Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council said:
“The planned new runway is to the south of the airport and could have a massive impact on Kingston residents.
Thursday’s council committee saw the Kingston pound reach a new milestone as Cllr Liz Green took the opportunity to give her and the council administration’s backing to plans for the project.
Importantly this means that the council will be able to further promote the Kingston pound through its existing contacts with residents and local businesses.
Thanks to local Liberal Democrats, from March 2014, the police will have new powers to help crack down on drink-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
Fall in Kingston claimant count shows Liberal Democrats are getting people off benefits and into work
A drop in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Kingston is another welcome boost to the local economy, Cllr Liz Green said today.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported the UK has seen the largest annual fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in more than 15 years.
Cllr Liz Green today pledged to protect the council’s share of an £800,000 rebate to London Boroughs for grants to local charities.
Almost £16,000 is being returned to Kingston from the regional body London Councils and Liberal Democrats in Kingston believe it is important to protect the funding for voluntary groups.
Last week saw graduates of Kingston University once again able to celebrate their graduation in Kingston, rather than in central London, thanks to the Rose theatre.
It was investment by the council and Kingston University that enabled the development to go ahead and it has so far attracted thousands of visitors to its shows.
For the last 3 years it has been used by the University as a venue for graduation ceremonies, which have so far been a great success.
Local councillor Tricia Bamford has slammed a change in the timetable for the 71 bus route, which is under the Mayor’s control.
Cllr Bamford spotted the change when travelling to work on Tuesday of this week and was able to take photographs of the new and old timetables as they were being taken down.
London buses have so far claimed that there has been no change to the timetable but looking closely there is a definite loss of service before 8am on Sundays and Bank holidays. Not only that but there is a potential extra 4 minutes to wait for every bus between 8am and 7pm on weekdays.
Leaving the European Union could spark the loss of tens of thousands of jobs, Liberal Democrat Council Leader Liz Green said today.
Analysis of figures from a YouGov poll revealed almost 10,000 businesses in London could face closure if Britain withdrew from the EU.
It could mean job losses of over 300,000 as companies battle with life outside the world’s biggest single market.