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Figures released today show schools in Medway are narrowing the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils.

Performance at Key Stage 4 shows that in Medway, there has been an increase in the percentage of disadvantaged pupils gaining 5+ GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics, up 1.8 percent to 38.8%.

That closes the gap from 30% in 2012 to 28.5% in 2013.

cllobrien.jpgIn 2013, the overall Medway figure for the percentage of pupils achieving 5+GCSEs at grades A*- C (including English and Mathematics) has been maintained at 61%. That means Medway is above the national figure of 60.6%. Lead Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Medway Council, Councillor Mike O’Brien, said: “We have much to celebrate in Medway schools with further evidence of a continuing improvement.

“Figures only show part of the picture and don’t always reflect the hard work being done by teachers and pupils but today we can congratulate all those involved for showing Medway schools are really going places.

“That’s not to say we will take these figures for granted and the hard work will continue.
“But this is fantastic news and I would like to say well done to all our young people who have worked so hard to achieve this with their dedicated and hard-working staff.”

Key facts and figures:
Medway Performance at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

• The number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 has increased by 2.3%, from 3168 in 2012 to 3242 in 2013.

• In 2013, the overall Medway figure for the percentage of pupils achieving 5+GCSEs at grades A*- C (including English and Mathematics) has been maintained at 61%.

• The number of pupils entered for all English Baccalaureate subjects increased by 68%.

• The percentage of Medway pupils achieving all English Baccalaureate subjects increased from 14.7% in 2012 to 18.6% this year. This represents an improvement of 3.9% and exceeds the 2012 national figure of 18.4%.

• Almost all Medway state funded schools saw an increase in the percentage of pupils achieving all English Baccalaureate subjects.

• Both of the Medway LA maintained secondary schools had successful results.

• The number of pupils at the Howard School at the end of Key Stage 4 increased from 219 in 2012 to 238 in 2013. In the past year, the Howard School maintained it performance level for the number of pupils achieving 5+GCSEs at grades A*- C (including English and Mathematics). Their figure of 62% was the same as last year, and exceeded both the corresponding Local Authority and national figure for 2012.

• The Howard School also saw a remarkable increase in the percentage of pupils achieving all English Baccalaureate subjects. Their performance improved from 1% in 2012 to 20% in 2013.

• In 2013, St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School increased the percentage of pupils achieving 5+GCSEs at grades A*- C (including English and Mathematics) to 47%, up one percentage point from the previous year. The percentage of pupils achieving all English Baccalaureate subjects also saw a notable increase from 2% in 2012 to 8% in 2013. The school also showed significant gains at Key Stage 5.

• Robert Napier is the most improved for 5+ GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics, with figures increasing from 31% in 2012 to 47% in 2013.

• Medway has reduced the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and all other pupils. There has been an increase in the percentage of disadvantaged pupils gaining 5+ GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics, up 1.8 percent to 38.8%, thereby closing the gap from 30% in 2012 to 28.5% in 2013.

• The percentage of Medway disadvantaged pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate has also increased by 1.6%

Scandal in the Holy City: Prostitution in Victorian Brompton

These lectures are proving to be very popular, and have included talks on ‘Pubs of Old Brompton’, and the stories and history of Chatham Convict Prison. For the next talk, Brian Joyce, author of ‘The Chatham Scandal’ will take a look at the scandalous past of Brompton during the Victorian period. The talk is at 7pm on 28 November 2013 at the Royal Engineers Museum. Tickets cost £2 payable on the door. You are advised to book in advance.

For bookings please call 01634 822261 or email deputy-curator@rhqre.co.uk

Full details of this and future events are on http://www.bromptonhistory.org.uk/, or call 01634 822261

splashesThe swimming pool at Splashes Leisure Centre will be closed for four days next month (Nov 4-7 inclusive) to allow routine maintenance checks to take place.
The fitness centre will not be affected.

The council is carrying out routine maintenance checks to ensure Splashes provides the best possible experience for swimmers and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Should further work be required this will need to be carried out at a later date.
Medway Council’s three other swimming pools will be open as usual. The nearest alternative swimming pool is at Medway Park – details of opening times can be found at http://www.medwaypark.org.uk or by phoning 336655.

ApprenticeshipA number of local businesses looking to recruit new staff will be setting up shop at the Pentagon Centre in Chatham this week for the Medway Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair 2013.

The event, organised by Medway Council and Job Centre Plus, takes place from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, 26 September on the first floor of the shopping mall.

It builds on a highly successful jobs fair held last year attended by more than 1,700 jobseekers resulting in 100 jobs being secured and many others helped to get their career ambitions on track.

A number of local employers from across Medway and the rest of Kent will have stands as well as employment support agencies, offering advice on training and skills to help people back into work or find a new career.

That includes the council backed Employ Medway service, based in High Street. Chatham which offers courses and one-to-one support for people who have been unemployed for some time.

Jobcentre Plus will be on hand to provide information on how both employers and jobseekers can benefit from the Wage Incentive scheme, work trials and work experience. Read More

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For the first time ever at any event, Salute to the ‘40s has three of the leading 1940’s female performers together on one stage. With two Main Stages, two dancehalls, dance workshops, street performers and music across the site the weekend at The Historic Dockyard is going to be full of entertaining vintage delight! Keep Calm and Carry On to Salute to the ‘40s on 21st and 22nd September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Read More

Medway Council has pledged to continue the very important improvements it is bringing in to its services that look after children in care. The council has vowed to do this after Ofsted inspectors graded Medway’s Looked After Children Services as inadequate. Read More

Medway Council tonight unveils its strategy for delivering a long-term sporting legacy for the people of Medway.

The launch of En Route to Rio: Delivering Medway’s Sporting Legacy 2013-2016 is being staged to coincide with Medway’s largest mass participation sporting event – the Medway Mile.

In addition, two new flagship events inspired by the success of the Medway Mile have also been announced. More

Road safety st john fisherMore than 200 pupils at St John Fisher RC School have been working on their road safety understanding and abilities. The Year 7 and 8 pupils have been working with Medway Council’s Road Safety Team and Kent Police PCSO Rowan Cornwall on a number of activities and discussions. For many students, starting secondary school provides the first opportunity to independently travel to school. More

9 task groupMedway Council’s Fair Access to Credit Task Group Report has been highly commended in the Good Scrutiny Awards 2013 run by the Centre for Public Scrutiny. The cross-party group was short-listed in the Innovation category for its work to promote financial literacy and affordable lending. The judges thought this review tackling debt and co-ordinated with the national campaign to end legal loan-sharking was an “excellent example of scrutiny having an impact nationally as well as locally”. More

Hundreds of runners have signed up for a new charity 10km race as part of the Medway Festival of Sport. The Medway 10km in aid of Cerebral Palsy Care Kent takes place on Sunday, 23 June in Gillingham. And it’s not too late to get your entry in. More

A new exhibition opened at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre on Thursday, 6 June.

Gillingham and beyond is a free exhibition looking a Gillingham High Street, Brompton, Gads Hill and Rainham in the 1960s. The photographs are taken from the Gillingham Borough Engineers Department, many of the areas shown were demolished during the 1960s. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the shops in Gillingham 1960s style.

Exhibition open during normal opening hours and runs from 6 June to 6 August 2013 at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Clock Tower Building, Strood. For more details visit: http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisureandculture/libraries/archivesandlocalstudies/planningyourvisittomalsc.aspx

A new pay-as-you-go fitness programme launches in Medway from Monday, 20 May, designed especially for beginners and those returning to exercise. More

Shoppers in Medway are being encouraged to take a trip down to their local market and discover the delicious, the fashionable and the bargains on offer.

The nationwide Love Your Local Market fortnight returns this week (15-29 May) part of a campaign run by the National Association of British Market Authorities championing market traders across the land. More

Here is a little something for this weekend if you have some time. Two venues over the two days, including some great ideas for gifts from crafters from all over the area and a few from beyond.

craft fairs

Photo Credit & Copyright Simon Kelsey

Photo Credit & Copyright Simon Kelsey

Where can you build sandcastles, see knights do battle, attend a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and meet St George and his dragon, all in one day?

Thousands of visitors are expected to go along and do just that at this year’s English Festival, which takes place on Saturday 20 April at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham. Held annually on the closest Saturday to St George’s Day, the free family day out celebrates the iconic and ironic traditions of England. More

Kent’s leading wildlife charity is calling upon the horse riding fraternity to support its cross country ride this spring to raise vital funding towards the conservation of local wildlife.

The third Kent Wildlife Trust Charity Ride, supported by Barclays Bank and Lillicos Country Stores, will be held on Sunday 14th April. More

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
The Central Theatre, Chatham
Sunday, 7 April at 3pm

For a non-chocolate treat this Easter take the children to the theatre.
Award-winning children’s author Julia Donaldson’s fantastically funny stories – Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales – are bought to life at The Central Theatre, Chatham on Sunday, 7 April at 3pm.

Under the sea, on the farm, and in the jungle, these popular stories have been woven together with music and colourful puppets. Aimed at children aged three and upwards, the show is part of the Sundays are for Kids programme at Medway’s two theatres.
An absolute treat for children this Easter holiday – one not to miss.

Tickets, priced at £12, are available from the box office on 01634 338338 or online at http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

Two people will have to part with three hundred pounds each as a result of their decision to drop litter in Medway. More

Patients and the public are invited to have their say on the proposed move of the DMC GP Practice and Walk-in Centre at a public meeting on Tuesday, 5 February from 6.00pm to 8.30pm at the Balmoral Masonic Hall, Balmoral Road, Gillingham. More

The Billabong Club has a year of entertainment lined up for us, if you need to know more go to their website where all will be revealed!

Patrick Monahan, the winner of ITV’s Show Me The Funny and star of Let’s Dance for Sport Relief comes to Medway for the first time since appearing on these TV shows. Patrick was voted Best Newcomer at Loaded’s 2012 Lafta Awards.

He is bringing his new tour “Shooting From The Lip” to The Billabong Comedy Club, The Royal Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester ME1 1XB on Thursday 28th February 2013. The venue has a licensed bar open till late.

Patrick has appeared all over the world and is an experienced warm up for TV shows including Jonathan Ross and Paul O’Grady amongst others. He has compered “Late and Live” at the Edinburgh Fringe for a number of years as well as doing his own shows.

Monahan’s humour relies heavily on audience interaction and an animated story-telling style that draws on his own experiences of growing up in Teesside to Irish and Iranian parents. He has been described as “Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen” as well as “Twinkle – Toed, Mischievous …….. Raised the Roof”. Come along and get a free hug as well as enjoying his cheeky chappie style of humour.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the comedy starting at 8pm.

A Chatham man has been fined £1,000 for failing to supply the correct paperwork for transporting waste.

In July this year, Kent Police and Medway Council Environmental Enforcement Team, working on a joint operation, stopped Terry Arnold, 22, of White Road, Chatham.
Arnold was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failure to produce authority for transporting waste.

The FPN remained unpaid, so in August an invitation was sent to Arnold to arrange a meeting with an enforcement officer.

There was still no contact or payment from Arnold, so the case went to Medway Magistrates Court, and was heard on Tuesday, 20 November. Arnold did not appear in court but the case was heard in his absence. Arnold was issued with a £1,000 fine, full costs of £409.90 and £15 victim surcharge. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Cllr Mike O’ Brien said: “Unlicensed waste carriers are a higher risk for the illegal storage, transport and disposal of waste or flytipping than licensed carriers. Often little or no evidence leaves council taxpayers picking up the cost of clearing up the fly tipping. The total cost to clear and dispose of such waste was £2.7 million for the 2009-2010 tax year.

“Carrying the correct documentation allows authorities to monitor the accountability of the waste and who is responsible for the production and disposal of waste.
“Mr Arnold was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice which gave him the opportunity to discharge liability for the offence, but after no payment was received, we had no choice but to take this matter to the magistrates court.”

busThursday 27 December will see the streets of Medway playing host to an array of old and unusual buses taking part in the Diamond Jubilee Bus Event. Nu-Venture have assembled a colourful collection of vehicles past and present which will supplement the normal bus services between about 1000 and 1530.

The event ‘HQ’ will be at the Acorn Wharf Coach Park in Gas House Lane, Rochester, just a short stroll from the shops and cafes in Rochester High Street, so while the mums are busy shopping, dads and kids can look at the buses on display in the coach park and take some free rides on the frequent runs between Rochester Coach Park and Chatham, the first bus from Chatham will depart at 0945 then every 15 minutes until 1530. For those travelling from further afield, there will also be a shuttle bus between Strood Station and the Coach Park, first bus 1005 then every 30 minutes until 1505.

Special bus routes will operate to and from Lodge Hill, Earl Estate, Medway Gate and also Princes Park to meet the service 150 to and from Maidstone.

The Friends of Chatham Traction will have a stall promoting their work to completely restore a 1939 Chatham & District double-deck bus.

The event builds on a similar – and very popular – event held in Maidstone in December 2002 for the Golden Jubilee.

Full details can be found by visiting www.nu-venture.co.uk

NHS Kent and Medway is proposing to move the GP practice and walk-in centre at Canterbury Street, Gillingham, to Balmoral Gardens Community Healthy Living Centre, Gillingham. The Healthy Living Centre, which opened in 2011, is an award-winning, purpose-built centre which is a much more comfortable setting for care than the portable building where the practice is based at the moment. More

Medway Park in Gillingham now has a new accessible toilet for people with profound and multiple disabilities and others with personal care needs.
In line with recommendations from the Changing Places campaign, led by disability charity Mencap, the new amenity includes a height-adjustable changing bench, a hoist system and space for a disabled person and up to two carers. More

Kent Association for the Blind’s Medway Art Group are to sing a hymn not heard for 120 years as part of artist and architect Simon Barkers ‘Under the Bridge’ exhibition’ at Rochester Art Gallery on Wednesday 7th November at 10.30am. More

Thousands of people in the South East(1) are at risk of stroke because they fail to recognise the signs of a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA, also known as mini-stroke), according to the findings of a new poll(2) launched today on World Stroke Day (29 October 2012). More

Remember, remember – the biggest fireworks display of the year will be on Saturday, 3 November.
A Medway’s Year of Celebration draws to a close, many thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s free event at The Great Lines in Gillingham.
The Mayor of Medway, Cllr. Vaughan Hewett will light the bonfire at 7pm, then the skies will light up as a stunning display of fireworks gets under way from 7.30pm.
Refreshments will be on sale throughout the evening. Visitors are asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers and to make sure pets are kept at home. – There are no parking or toilet facilities on the site. Entry to the event is free. More

Hospital staff and patients, students, parents and children – everyone is benefiting from road safety improvements in Marlborough Road, Gillingham.

A new zebra crossing has been installed on Marlborough Road, near its junction with York Avenue.

In addition, the existing crossing near Stafford Street has been updated with new high friction surfacing and refreshed road markings. More

Things get spooky, sparkly, and wacky this Autumn at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, as visitors explore the eerie and infamous through a range of exciting family activities and a new temporary exhibition. More

Medway’s A Block should close because it is just not good enough for people who are suddenly and seriously mentally ill – but it would be better if an alternative could be found in Medway, a consultation meeting was told.

“I think closing A Block is a good idea because the facilities at Medway are rubbish – they have always been terrible,” said Patricia Hardy, 44, from Gillingham, who has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. More

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