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Deadline for primary applications looms

Time is running out for parents to get their primary school applications in before the 15 January 2017 deadline. Last year, the county council offered nine out of 10 parents their first choice primary school, despite rises in pupil numbers putting pressure on school places. A total of 98 per cent were allocated one of their top three preferred schools. ...

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Lights to deter deer damaged in Burntwood

Deer sign

Lights designed to prevent deer from crossing the road and help keep drivers safe have been damaged in Burntwood. A series of 32 wildlife crossing guards had been installed along a 1km stretch of the Burntwood bypass, to deter deer from crossing the road next to a new housing development. The solar-powered crossing guards have a daylight sensor which activates ...

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Staffordshire backs Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

People from across Staffordshire are being reminded to get behind Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Voting opens by phone or online during the show, which will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday December 18 from 6.20pm to 9pm. Adam Peaty faces stiff competition from 15 fellow nominees for the prestigious accolade, including ...

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Staffordshire pupils rise to the challenge of tougher tests

Key stage 2

New Key Stage 2 results have revealed 11 year olds in Staffordshire are rising to the challenge of tougher tests. Results show pupils in the county are achieving the same as their peers on a national level, meaning they are setting themselves up for more exam success in the future. The revised tests, designed to measure pupils’ abilities in reading, ...

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Pioneering dementia project in search for volunteers

Social Care

A pioneering new pilot helping to improve the lives of people with dementia though physical activity is looking for volunteers. The Thinking Active project will combine exercise with social stimulation, which evidence suggests could help slow the onset of dementia. The project has been developed by Staffordshire County Council and will be delivered by four groups of specially trained community ...

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Pupils and staff to return to Flash Ley in the New Year

School boy

Flash Ley school will reopen to pupils and staff on 6 January. Remedial works have now finished in the Early Years area of the school building, and the air has been continually tested to ensure the whole site is safe. This means staff can now start preparing classrooms ahead of a return to site. Although there is still a small ...

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Staffordshire backs Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Adam Peaty

People from across Staffordshire are being urged to get behind Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty who has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third year in a row. It’s been a fantastic year for the 21-year-old Uttoxeter sportsman who clinched 100m breaststroke gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, smashing his own world record and scoring Team ...

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Gritters ready as temperatures set to plummet tonight

Mark Deaville

Staffordshire County Council’s gritting teams are bracing themselves for a cold snap that could see temperatures plummet to as low as -6 in some parts of the county. The latest forecast from the Met Office shows that a widespread frost will occur over much of the county tonight and tomorrow, with temperatures dropping to as low as -6C in rural ...

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Call for Funding Focus on Counties and Care

Money generic

A pledge by the Chancellor Philip Hammond to invest in supporting economic growth in English regions has been welcomed by the Leader of Staffordshire County Council. However, Philip Atkins said the omission of any announcement on funding for social care, also left counties like Staffordshire facing continued significant pressure to fund and support a growing ageing population. Philip said: “Staffordshire ...

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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Trading standards

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. New consumer laws were brought in on October 1 last year, giving people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes ...

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