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Edenham High School to be called Orchard Park High from September

From September 2017, Edenham High School in Shirley (London Borough of Croydon) will be called ‘Orchard Park High School’ and will have a new school badge.

The new name and badge represent the school’s location at the heart of the Monks Orchard community and the heritage of the school site, taking elements of the family crests of previous landowners.

Giving the school a new name and uniform is an important part of the journey of improvement the school has embarked upon under the guidance of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. It embodies the confidence the staff and governors of the school and the wider Trust have in the school’s future – at the heart of its community, providing the best education for all its students.

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Greenshaw Learning Trust primary schools show “significant” improvements

Primary schools that have been part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust across the last year have shown significant improvements in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 outcomes.

When results were released on 4th July, the hard work of teachers and support staff was rewarded with significant increases in the numbers of children across our Trust, making or exceeding the DfE’s ‘expected standard’ in reading, writing and maths.

The Trust and its schools are proud to support children who face additional challenges to learning, and we are committed to closing the attainment gap for these children and raising the bar for all. Results across our schools this year demonstrated excellent results for those students categorised by the DfE as ‘disadvantaged’, with a significant closing of the attainment gap.

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Trust’s plans for new secondary school and ASD school move forward

The Greenshaw Learning Trust’s plans to build a new secondary school and ASD school in Sutton to provide much-needed school places have taken another step forward as the council approves the principle of locating the new school at Rosehill Recreation Ground.

The Greenshaw Learning Trust has approval from the Government’s Department for Education (DfE) to open a new eight-form entry comprehensive secondary school with sixth form and a small specialist school for secondary aged pupils on the autistic spectrum in Sutton. Continue reading Trust’s plans for new secondary school and ASD school move forward

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Still time to influence proposed rail changes in the area

Tom Brake has responded to phase 2 of the consultation to the proposed changes to the rail timetable which will be operated by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) in 2018 following completion of the Thameslink Programme.

Commenting on the proposed changes to the rail timetable Tom Brake MP said:

“I welcome the proposed additional services for Wallington, Carshalton Beeches, Carshalton and Hackbridge stations in the consultation. These changes will not come soon enough for residents who have had to put up with overcrowded, unreliable and shambolic services for far too long.

I have raised concerns that there will be no services to/from Carshalton and Hackbridge to/from London Bridge during the day, at the suggested reductions to/from Hackbridge station and London Victoria in the evenings and in the morning peak. With the new secondary school and the developments of the London Cancer Hub, I have also called for double tracks to be installed to Belmont station.

I will continue to make the case for Transport for London to take over Southern and Thameslink once their franchise comes up for renewal in 2021.”

Residents have until 27th July to respond to the consultation:

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Police concerned for missing Sutton resident

Police in Sutton are concerned for the welfare of a 32-year-old man who has been reported as a missing person.

Hasan Ibrahim (dob 26/10/1984) is a Sutton resident who was last seen at his home address in Wallington on Saturday 22 July.

Any information please contact Sutton Police station on 101 or the Missing Persons charity on 116 000 quoting ref no: 17MIS032360




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“Roughs of the Wrythe” – sell out success

“The Roughs Of The Wrythe” is a play written by local playwright Ann Pattison and directed by ex-Arts Network Sutton Vice Chair Dick Bower.

There were two performances on Saturday July 15th at Carshalton High School For Girls. It’s the story of what World War 1 did to a small community and why the lads known as the “Roughs” became the heroes of the Wrythe. Featuring 18 local amateur performers, some of who were related to the characters in the play, the two performances were sell outs and the whole event was a great success

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CAOS is huge success with thousands visiting Carshalton sites

Carshalton Artists Open Studios took place over two week-ends in June and July. Over 30 artists (see some of them left) opened their studios in and around Carshalton and it’s estimated over 5000 people went through their doors over the four days. Not only was the number of visitors well above expectations but the artists sold a lot of their work too. The breadth of talent involved was just astounding and it was a superb way to showcase their amazing work.

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Hiroshima Day commemoration event in Carshalton

At dusk on 6th August 2017 supporters and friends of Sutton for Peace and Justice will remember the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs at Carshalton Ponds, Carshalton Surrey.

“Please join us as we remember with deep sorrow the 6th August, 1945, when the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and, three days later, on Nagasaki,” said a spokesperson.

“We honour the victims. And we reaffirm that we must do all we can to ensure that such barbarity is never repeated and nuclear weapons are not used again.

“The commemoration will take place at 8.00pm on Sunday 6 August, with readings and floating petals on the pond.

“Please gather at 7.45 at the War Memorial, Carshalton Ponds, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 2QJ.”

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Still time to enjoy critically acclaimed Wonderland production

This is the last chance to see the critically acclaimed Wonderland, as the show arrives in Richmond for the penultimate dates of its 30 week UK Tour. Wonderland is at Richmond Theatre from Monday 7th August until Saturday 12th August.

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Hailed by critics as ‘nothing short of spine-tingling’ with ‘an outstandingly strong cast’, the production has been receiving standing ovations since its European premiere in January. This enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, has a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. It is a modern day timely and touching story of love and the power of everyday magic in our lives featuring Alice as a mother reaching a crossroads in her life. With her daughter, Ellie and adoring neighbour Jack, Alice is transported into the magical world of Wonderland where she encounters White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat and March Hare amongst many other colourful characters who are ruled by the imperious Queen of Hearts. Can Alice save the day and get her family back home to happily ever after?

Playing the title role of Alice is 2016 Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Rachael Wooding. Rachael has played lead roles in EvitaWe Will Rock You, Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever and Fame. Her Britain’s Got Talent appearance has seen her become a YouTube sensation, with her audition being viewed over 9 million times.

The stellar cast also includes West End and TV star Wendi Peters, who is much loved for her portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, as Queen of Hearts, and musical theatre legend Dave Willetts, who rose to fame playing title roles in Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, as White Rabbit.

. This ‘totally bonkers, technicolour escape from the real world’ is absolutely ‘not to be missed’.


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Two highly successful youth events part of Save the Children golden celebrations

Two youth charity events were organised recently by Save the Children Sutton’s when volunteers enjoyed a Youth T20 cricket for Cheam Cricket Club, and an afternoon for a Piano Summer Concert for pupils of Judith Burton at Reigate Grammar School.
This concert marks it’s 47th inception and has been raising money for Save the Children for the last 25 years.
The ever working Save the Children President, The Lord Tope CBE was in fine form presenting awards. Firstly, giving 12 trophies to pupils for good practise work and earning sponsorship monies.
In the evening he arrived in time to present the inaugural ‘Save the Children Cup’ to the winners Cheam CC. The runners up were Sutton CC who also completed Beddington CC and Worcester PK CC.
Both events were well publicised and attended, and gathered more than £1,000 for the fund.
There were thanks for the Bursar and Staff of Reigate School for using the facilities, and thanks for the Cheam Sports and it’s Cricket Section for the reception and the ground during the ‘50’ year.