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History of Cannock Chase revealed in new exhibition

Display at Cannock Chase

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s history including its role during the Great War can now do so in an exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological ...

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Staffordshire skills boost revealed as near full employment continues

Staffordshire Means Skilled People

The number of people without qualifications in Staffordshire has been reduced by 50 per cent over the last four years as the county continues to see near full employment. Skills leaders say close working between the county council and local enterprise partnership means that the rate of people gaining qualifications in Staffordshire is now growing faster than it is nationally. ...

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Bravest of the brave remembered

Lance Corporal Bill Coltman

Created in 1856 by Queen Victoria and reputed to be cast from bronze cannon captured in the Crimea, the Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest recognition for bravery in the face of the enemy. During the Great War, Staffordshire men and those representing Staffordshire Regiments were in the thick of the fighting and their nation recognised their conspicuous courage. Here are ...

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Just one week left to apply for secondary school

Key stage 2

Parents have just over one week left to apply for a secondary school in Staffordshire. Admission applications to secondary schools close on October 31, meaning parents still have time to make that all-important decision on which secondary school their child will attend in September 2019. Last year, 400 parents failed to apply before the deadline, putting them at a potential ...

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First brand new High School for over 25 years opens to pupils

Staffordshire’s first brand new high school for over 25 years has opened to pupils for the first time. The £30 million John Taylor Free School in Tatenhill, Burton, has opened its doors to 210 year 7 (11-year-old) pupils. The school has taken two years to build, and features a specially-built dance studio with a sprung floor, drama studio, outdoor changing ...

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Pupils rise to the challenge of new grading system

School exam - older children

Schools in Staffordshire are getting to grips with the new GCSE grading system, as hundreds of pupils across the county nervously await their results this week. Numerical grades have replaced the previous A*-G grades, giving schools more opportunity to get the very best out of their pupils. According to Ofqual the exams regulator, a grade 7 is today’s equivalent of ...

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Opening delayed as new school targeted by thieves

Children looking forward to starting the new school year in a brand new primary school have been left disappointed, after thieves stole copper pipes and caused extensive damage to the school’s heating and water systems. Thieves broke into the under-construction Henhurst Primary Academy a few weeks ago, stealing a substantial amount of specially-made copper piping and associated fittings from the ...

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Staffordshire ventilation company secures new blue-chip contracts after funding boost

A growing company specialising in mechanical design and ventilation services has won new blue-chip contracts after securing funding from the Staffordshire Business Loan Fund. Mech Tech Midland Ltd, based at Chaseview, Cannock Chase Enterprise Centre, secured a loan to help it win several new contracts from major companies such as HMRC and Rush Hair and Beauty. The company was recommended ...

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Apprentices recognised at graduation ceremony

Over 130 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent took centre stage for this year’s Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony. The apprentices and their families were joined by local employers and training providers to celebrate the completion of their training. Apprentices from engineering, education, retail and enterprise, business and management, health and care and IT were all recognised for their achievements. 20-year-old Matt ...

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Holy Trinity school expansion approved

A popular Burton primary school will be expanded to accommodate 70 more pupils following approval by the county council’s cabinet. Holy Trinity CE(C) Primary School will now be expanded to increase the school’s admissions number from 20 to 30.  This means the school will expand by 70 places in total. The decision follows a county council consultation with local people ...

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