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Carshalton High School for Girls Ofsted report published

Carshalton High School for Girls has released details of its latest Ofsted inspection which classified the school as good.

“We are pleased to be publishing the Ofsted report from the inspection that took place on 1st and 2nd November 2017,” said a statement on the school’s website.

“We are absolutely delighted with the report as there are so many positive comments and I believe it is an accurate reflection of our community.

“As Headteacher, I could not be more proud than for an Inspection Team to conclude and state as the very first comment of the report:

“The school is a happy and safe community where pupils do well and staff are proud to work.”

For full details of the report go to Ofsted 


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A smarter approach as workshops look to find innovative solutions

A series of workshops were held last week as part of Sutton’s Smart Place project which aims to find innovative solutions, including through the use of digital technology, to improve the lives of people in the borough.

Around 80 people took part, coming from all over the country, including local residents, public sector partners, the voluntary sector and solution providers. The workshops looked to tackle and consider solutions to three key areas identified as part of work on The Sutton Plan:

  • Supporting older people to live independently, make informed choices about their future care provision, reduce isolation and increase digital confidence;
  • Improving Sutton’s environment – including community engagement in local democracy, the town centre and its management, air quality, parking and congestion;
  • Supporting independent travel for those in the borough that need support to travel on their own, whether young people or adults, and importantly, reassuring parents or carers of the safety of that individual traveller.

The sessions focussed on each challenge, from the perspective of the user/customer, and were designed to help explore each theme in detail and discover the possibilities for improving the outcomes of people in the borough.

Participants gave some very positive feedback and the next step is to examine all of the information gathered.  There will then be an open procurement exercise to help find the right solutions for Sutton.

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Jigsaw4U receives congratulations for dedication of its work

Tom Brake MP has joined others in congratulating Jigsaw4u on its twenty years of dedication to transforming the lives of local children and young people affected by complex social and emotional experiences.
Jigsaw4u’s achievements and those of its volunteers, staff, and people impacted by the work of Jigsaw4u were acknowledged at a reception in the House of Lords River Room last week.
Tom Brake MP said:
“Jigsaw4u has changed the lives of thousands of children over the last twenty years, lifting the burden of grief, pain, and distress from young people who are not equipped to cope with these emotional and social issues on their own.”
“I am thankful for the commitment and expansion of Jigsaw4u in ensuring that no child’s emotional or social needs go ignored, yet we must do more as a society to reduce the number of children who are in need of Jigsaw4u’s services in the first place.”
Jigsaw4u began in 1997 as a service for children who had experienced a family bereavement, but over the years has expanded its services to include assistance for those affected by domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, and mental health problems, along with a diversity of other issues.
Tom is a patron of Jigsaw4u.
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Fire brigade issue plea for drivers to slow down as collision call rise

Drivers are being asked to slow down and drive more carefully after new figures show around a forty per cent rise in the number of road traffic collisions crews have been called to in the last five years.

The new figures show crews have attended five road traffic collisions on London’s roads every day in the past year. They’ve been released to coincide with Road Safety Week (20-26 November 2017) and its campaign calling on drivers to ‘speed down save lives’.

Firefighters attended 1431 in 2012/13, with the number rising to 1981 in 2016/17. Continue reading Fire brigade issue plea for drivers to slow down as collision call rise

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Housing partnership issues injunction notices against leaseholders

Sutton Housing Partnership has recently issued four injunction notices on leaseholders who have undertaken unauthorised alterations to their flats, and are renting rooms out as separate dwellings.

Such alterations are a breach of the lease and are also unsafe for the people living in them, and the building as a whole.

If you’re a leaseholder please remember:

  • you must seek consent from SHP before you can sublet your property
  • the terms of your lease mean you must maintain your property as a single household dwelling at all times
  • we will always refuse permission to convert a leasehold flat into more than one dwelling or a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ (HMO)
  • through SHP the Council will use its legal powers to seek forfeiture of the lease if a leaseholder has sub-divided their flat and does not restore it to a single dwelling.

For more information or to report a rogue landlord, email our Home Ownership Services Team:

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One to one tuition on offer from Sutton College

Sutton College is offering the opportunity or one to one tuition or small group training.

“You can request One to One – Individual Tuition and Small Group Training for a huge range of subjects that Sutton College offers. Requests for subjects not currently offered by Sutton College will be considered but we cannot guarantee we have the resources available to achieve the request,” says the College’s website

“All are welcome – available to any new or existing students.

“You are able to access a tutor who can either teach one, two or three students at a time in this way.

“You can use this service:

  • To cover any, all or bespoke combination of aspects of a course syllabus
  • As a preferred learning experience
  • Tailor made courses suitable for business
  • To build personalised employability skills
  • As a skills refresher course
  • To build practical skills
  • To choose flexible times / course lengths
  • Consultancy service for you with our tutors
  • For support with a specific task or project
  • Improve or gain extra support with study skills
  • To increase confidence with specific tasks

One to One Training – £35*
One to Two Training – £30*
One to Three Training – £25*
*prices per person per hour

“If you wish to book one to two training or one to three training, it is your responsibility to find the other students and payment must be made for all students in the same transaction. The College will not find students on your behalf or take payments separately.

Block book 10 sessions and receive a 5% discount!

“Upon your request, a Curriculum Manager will discuss your course content and timing requirements with you. You will be allocated an appropriate tutor prior to the session/s. All sessions will take place in Sutton College at an agreed time. You will discuss in more detail the course content, developing an individual learning plan at your first session.

You may bring your own IT device to work with if you wish to.

Please show your confirmation email to your tutor at the start of the session.

Please read the Terms & Conditions

Make an enquiry about One to One tuition here


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Carshalton College students join primary schools for art project

All of our second year Art and Design Students are spending 4 weeks at a local Primary School as part of their work experience, teaching year 5 and 6 pupils different art based projects.

The UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design students are visiting Hackbridge Primary School during November and December. The students have been given a topic and then have had the responsibility of planning art based lessons on the topic. They are working with children aged between 9 to 11 years.


Elaine Dotchin, Art Coordinator at Hackbridge Primary School and Annette Vigurs, Tutor for Design, Media & Communication at Carshalton College felt  the work experience opportunity benefitted both the pupils and the students alike.


The staff from the school have given very positive feedback and the students are finding it a valuable experience and are really enjoying it.

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Silent soldiers’ memorials removed after vandalism

Silent soldiers’ put up around the borough to mark the sacrifice of those who did not come home alive from the First World War are being removed after a spate of vandalism.

The silhouettes of soldiers were placed around the borough on buildings, in parks, gardens, roundabouts and many other places. The project was the idea of the Royal British Legion in Surrey and supported by Sutton Council thanks to funding provided through its local committees.

The original intention was to leave the silhouettes up throughout 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

But with several of the Silent Soldier silhouettes vandalised or stolen, the decision has now been taken to remove them. Police are working closely with the council to examine CCTV footage in a bid to identify those responsible.

Cllr Simon Wales, lead member for local committees and the voluntary sector, said: “This was a wonderful and fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War and to all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“It is extremely sad that the senseless actions of a few have forced us to take the silhouettes down. We will make a decision next year on whether to reinstate them. I urge anyone with information to contact police.”

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Sutton police appealing for assistance to trace 47- year- old man

Police are appealing for assistance in tracing a 47-year-old man who has been reported missing.

Mark Woods (DOB 18.05.1970) from Sutton was last seen on Monday 20 November in Islington but police believe he could now​  be anywhere in London.

​It is believed he was wearing ​a blue t-shirt with dark writing ​ on it​ , dark jeans  and flip flops

when he was last seen.

Any information please contact Sutton Police station on 101 or the Missing Persons charity on 116 000 quoting ref no:  17MIS050707

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Are you at risk of the flu?   Protect yourself and your family – get a free flu jab

Autumn is here and it’s time for those at greatest risk from flu to protect themselves and their families and stay well this winter with a free flu vaccination.

Flu is a highly contagious virus that anyone can catch and it can be a really serious illness for some people.

Children aged 2-3 and those in reception class and school years one, two three and four are eligible for the free flu vaccination*.  For children, it’s not an injection but a simple, painless nasal spray and parents are being encouraged to help protect their children from flu by taking up the offer of the vaccination. Continue reading Are you at risk of the flu?   Protect yourself and your family – get a free flu jab