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Army of Gritters Ready to Roll as Winter Officially Gets Under Way

Helen Fisher

Staffordshire’s army of gritters are primed and ready for action – as winter in Staffordshire officially gets underway. As we head into November the county council’s fleet is now ready to roll when needed to help keep the county safely on the move. The county council’s fleet of 40 plus gritters and snow ploughs will be ready to roll if ...

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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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Over 65s urged to get free flu vaccination

Flu dog

People over the age of 65 in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination. The free vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of the flu.  These include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and children aged 2-9. For older people, ...

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Councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups join together to tackle mental health in young people

Children and young people with mental health issues in Staffordshire will get the right help at the right time, thanks to a proposed new joint approach by Staffordshire councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups. Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-On-Trent City Council and local Clinical Commissioning Groups have launched their proposed joint Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing strategy on World Mental Health Day ...

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Thousands of children to benefit from flu vaccination

Thousands of primary-age schoolchildren in Staffordshire will soon be benefitting from their annual flu vaccination ahead of the winter season. Pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old and adults with underlying health conditions are also being encouraged to take up the offer of a free vaccination from today (October 8). The free flu vaccines are being ...

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Bridge over the A50 demolished

bridge demolition

A bridge which spanned the A50 for more than 30 years has been demolished in a single weekend. Engineers worked round-the-clock from Friday evening until 3.15am on Oct 1 to remove the bridge which carried the A522 across the dual carriageway near Uttoxeter. It is being replaced by a new bridge, with three new roundabouts, new slip roads and link ...

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Cabinet Agrees Action Plan To Tackle £35m Shortfall As Care Costs Soar

An action plan to help tackle a £35m budget shortfall next year has been agreed by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet. The council is facing the shortfall after seeing the cost of care soar by £100m in ten years – at the same time as national funding to councils has continued to fall. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said ...

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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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