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26th Oct, 2021

Your Letters: Exam results, fireworks and road work delays

WE are absolutely delighted with the results that our Year 11 pupils have achieved.

They represent their hard work and commitment to their studies.

Despite a disrupted two years we could not be prouder of them all, both as individuals and collectively as a year group.

We wish all pupils the best for the next steps in their educational journey and look forward to hearing from them in the future.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to all staff that have worked tirelessly to support our pupils both in the classroom and during lockdown.

R Eost, Headteacher, Studley High School 

I HAVE just had the unfortunate experience of trying to reach Winyates Medical Centre via an unknown road closure and deplorable signage.

At no point in either direction do the signs indicate the Matchborough Way is closed and not until arriving at the turning point into Matchborough Way that we find out – and not only us, that it is closed and with a less than helpful workforce and quite rude in front of my wife.

No thanks to them we eventually do work it out.

Most times when going to the medical centre there is an appointment time and we will do our utmost to keep to that time and due to the situation we were 10 minutes late after starting 10 minutes early.

Fortunately the medical centre was aware of the situation with staff also being late. How can Worcestershire County Highways allow such a situation on such an important road to a medical and Covid centre occur.

P Lees. Winyates Green

I WOULD like to write to let everyone know how let down the Winyates Senior Citizens feel by the Redditch Conservatives and Rubicon Leisure.

After forcing us to move our time slot to a much later time, because the Winyates community centre has now become a full time nursery and no longer caters for the day time community groups, we have now been forced to find an alternative venue as this was too late for our older members.

Where was the support from the Tory councillors? Absent as always now the elections are over.

Thanks again to Joe Baker who suggested and encouraged us to speak to the staff at St Andrews Church in Church Hill.

We negotiated a suitable day, time and slot and have had our first meeting which was great.

The members are happy that Joe has helped us to resolve the problem and helped us out again.

The Conservatives may want to consider we are the voters and if they continue to put profits before community then they will be the losers.

A Hunt, Winyates Senior Citizens Group

REGARDING the ‘Autumn Halloween Spectacular’ – I want fireworks not lights!

‘Cookski’ Redditch

REGARDING Halloween and Lights.

I’m sorry but I think this is a stupid idea it’s called Bonfire Night for a reason to gather as family and friends enjoy lighting sparklers kids sitting on shoulders and having a amazing time.

I’ve done fireworks at Arrow Valley Lake since I was a little girl and it’s a well known tradition to Redditch.

We don’t have much in Redditch as it is and one thing that people look forward to every year is Bonfire Night.’

‘Danielle’, Redditch

REGARDING the ‘autumn spectacular’ – it’s another Covid cop-out. No Morton Stanley Festival and no fireworks.

The one event of the year which lights up the sky.

Thank you for nothing Redditch Borough Council.

‘Tom’, Church Hill

WELL done to Street Beats.

Six weekends and last week Monday to Friday of entertainment.

Millie Stanway’s version of Driver’s Licence was spot on.

Pure harmony from The Violettes.

The lady with the violin and drummer very talented.

Yasmeen Shaaban singing by Aroma an amazing voice – great songs like Rihanna’s Love on the Brain.

Ray, Redditch

THE GCSE results highlight the resilience and determination of our country’s young people, who on average have missed 14 weeks of learning.

At Nacro, our further education and skills centres teach some of the most disadvantaged 16–19-year-olds.

Around 50 per cent of our students started the pandemic without a digital device or Wi-Fi to study on.

Yet today, despite coming to us without GCSEs in English and maths, they have gone to achieve great re-sit results, with an increase of high passes 4 and above.

For them this is the golden ticket to a good job or further education.

This success has been a result of the hard work and determination of our learners, with support from our staff.

But it has been bolstered by the use of the government’s recovery tuition funding.

Early analysis of our data shows that those who took part in the scheme achieved 15 per cent higher pass rates compared to those who did not participate.

We now need this funding boost to become permanent for those who need to fill gaps in learning or faced multiple barriers to education and skills.

Well done to all those who are celebrating their achievements this week, in a year to remember.

L Capper MBE

Director of Skills and Education, Nacro

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