Posts Tagged ‘Cabinet Member for Education and Schools’

Celebrating ‘munch’ time for National School Meals Week

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Parents are being urged to sign their children up for food glorious food during National School Meals Week (November 7-11) – and save time and money.

The call comes from West Sussex County Council in partnership with Chartwells, which provides the majority of hot meals in West Sussex primary schools.

Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “If your children go to schools that have this service and they don’t use it, why not sign them up to it during this week so they can enjoy a tasty, nutritious and filling meal at lunchtime and save you some time at home in a busy family life.”

Individually prepared hot meals are cooked in the school kitchen.

Pupils can enjoy food such as roast lunches, pasta bolognaise, vegetable chilli and rice, plus desserts including flapjacks, jelly, sponge cake and fruit dippers.

Packed lunches are also offered in schools that do not have the hot meal service. They give children some of their five-a-day in wholemeal sandwiches, salads, fruit and yoghurts.

Hot meals cost parents from £2.15 and packed lunches from £1.80.

Find out more at your school, and see what’s on the menu at


New technology helps West Sussex schools save energy

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

New technology helps West Sussex schools save energy

New energy meters are being installed at all maintained schools in West Sussex to help lower energy consumption and save money.

The devices use a new type of technology which automatically collects the schools’ energy data, whether for gas, electricity, oil or LPG.

The Automated Meter Reading (AMR) programme, which got unanimous support from head teachers and governors at the county’s Schools Forum, is being rolled out from the end of March.

Once connected, schools can go online and see where their energy goes and how they can manage it better and reduce their carbon footprint.

Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths, said: “It’s a case of ‘practising what we teach’ as we will encourage teachers to use this as an educational tool to support learning on climate change.

“It’s great device, saving the County Council money and improving energy efficiency.”

Switching to the new meters also means the county avoids paying an extra tax to the government.

This is because we are no longer providing estimated meter readings.

The government will continue to charge schools for their carbon dioxide emissions – around £400k in West Sussex annually – but as energy savings are made, this too is expected to fall.

Video interviews challenge Cabinet Members

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Video interviews challenge Cabinet Members

Tough decisions taken by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Members are being challenged in a no holds-barred collection of video interviews now available for viewing on the County website.

The Digital Democracy series asks blunt questions of top politicians, and demands they justify their decisions and proposals. Four interviews have so far been recorded by the Communications Unit, and more are planned.

“Digital Democracy is about good and bad news, and digging out the truth,” said County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith. “We’re planning one the most difficult budgets ever, against a background of spending cuts and no increase in council tax this year. People have a right to know, and to see, who is taking the decisions and why.”

Louise herself was questioned by interviewer Chris Rider on whether West Sussex could really save £75m over three years. Was the Big Society nothing more than an urban myth, and why had the county given more than two-and-a-half million pounds to Chichester Festival Theatre over 10 years?

Children and Families Cabinet Member Pete Bradbury was asked if he would resign following the Ofsted ruling that child safeguarding was inadequate. How did it happen, who was to blame and what was he personally doing about it?

In another interview, Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, was challenged on whether proposals to close some day centres were just about saving money. He was also asked to explain why there were proposals to cut adult social care and limit it to people with substantial or critical needs.

Peter Evans, Cabinet Member for Public Protection was asked to justify why he approved Fire and Rescue Service changes that will include the closure of three retained fire stations.

“The Digital Democracy series is a success because literally no question is taboo,” explained Louise. “It asks exactly what the person in the street would ask, given the chance.”

Future interviews in the video series include Michael Brown, Cabinet Member for Finance, and Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools. Anyone can submit a question which could be included in future interviews. Just e-mail:

To watch the Digital Democracy series, visit and click on ‘Your Council.’

Impressive SATs results for primary school students

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Impressive SATs results for primary school students

Pupils across West Sussex are celebrating success in their SATs tests this year.

Overall 80% of 10 and 11 year olds in the county achieved Level 4 in English and 78% in maths.

Level 4 is the expected level for this age group.

In fact 75 primary schools in West Sussex scored higher than 80% for English, while the number of schools boasting above 80% for maths is 68.

Arundel C of E Primary is the top achieving school in the county, where 100% of pupils achieved Level 4 in both subjects.

Arundel is closely followed by St Giles C of E Primary School, Haywards Heath, and Stedham Primary School, Midhurst.

Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths said: “Eighty per cent is a good figure, the same in fact as last year. Both pupils and teachers should be proud of their achievements.

“The council does recognise however, that this year’s league table does not give a full picture because a number of schools opted for Teacher Assessments instead of the National Curriculum tests, where the teachers formally assess their pupils’ performance.

“This has made it difficult to make meaningful comparisons with historical data.”

Teacher Assessments are robustly reviewed and these results are shared with parents and the schools that children are transferring to.

Primary maths competition hots up now heats are over

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Primary maths competition hots up now heats are over

Fourteen primary schools have beaten off stiff competition to make it through to this year’s final of the Countywide Primary Mathematics Competition.

Organised by West Sussex County Council, this is the tenth year for the competition.

Eighty schools took part in the heats throughout October, but there can only be one winner!

The schools in the final on November 11 at County Hall North Professional Centre are:

Heron Way Primary School, Horsham

Thomas A’ Beckett Middle School, Worthing

Holbrook Primary School, Horsham

East Preston Junior School, Littlehampton

Maidenbower Junior School, Crawley

Rudgwick Primary School, near Horsham

Vale First & Middle School, Worthing

Seal Primary School, Selsey

South Bersted CE Primary School, Bognor Regis

Arundel CE Primary School

Broadwater CE First and Middle School, Worthing

Manor Field Primary School, Burgess Hill

Arunside School, Horsham

North Mundham Primary School, Chichester

Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths, said: “This has been a great way for children to show off their mathematical talents and have fun. I wish the final fourteen the very best of luck.”

At the final the teams will be asked to solve problems, play Countdown, unravel shape challenges and decipher picture puzzles.

All children in the top three teams will receive medals and every school taking part will receive a certificate.