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Kingston students celebrate A Level success, bucking national trend

James Giles




With the final A-level results now in, Kingston students are to be congratulated on continuing the borough’s record of exceeding national standards.

In line with the national average, Kingston achieved a 99 per cent pass rate, meaning nearly all the borough’s 992 sixth form students achieved at least one A*-E grade.

Crucially, pupils in Kingston achieving three or more A*-E grades, hit 88 per cent, nearly 10 per cent above the national average (79 per cent), and a rise of four per cent on the previous year.

Bucking the national trend, the proportion of Kingston’s sixth form students achieving A* and A rose from 40 per cent last year to 43 per cent this year – whilst the national average slipped slightly to 26 per cent. Kingston’s children’s and education services are run by Achieving for Children (AfC), a social enterprise jointly established in April 2014 by Kingston and Richmond councils.

Cllr Richard Hudson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for AfC at Kingston Council, said:

“Well done and congratulations to all of our students who collected their A-level results last week. It’s great to see more and more of you achieving the higher grades. This is an exciting time for you, and Kingston has much to offer in terms of the next phase of your learning and development.

“This is a fantastic result for Kingston, and I’d like to thank all those involved, not least our teaching staff and school governors, who helped our young people to achieve their potential.”

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Lib Dems in CHAOS after 2000 sign petition on parking charges… but refuse to back down

James Giles




Kingston Lib Dems are in chaos after refusing to back down on controversial changes to parking permits in the borough, instead announcing an amended scheme which has been blasted by residents as ‘hap-dash and ill-thought-out’.

The proposals would have resulted in a 350% hike in the cost of a parking permit for some residents in the borough, whilst newly purchased Teslas would get to park for free.

Instead, amended proposals announced today mean that cars will, this year, face a cost of up to £245, up from the current £90, but down from the proposed £465.

In a press release explaining the rationale for the latest amendment, Councillor Hilary Gander said: “I believe that differential parking is one measure that will go towards achieving [cleaner air in Kingston].

“It seems, however, we may have moved too fast and not fully explained our approach.”

The ruling Lib Dem administration has, refused to rule out increasing the charges again next year, and have not announced how they are plugging the £525,000 gap this will leave in their budget for this financial year.

New Malden resident Angie, who lives in Queens Road, said: “It’s clear to me from what the Lib Dems have written that they fully intend to increase permit costs again next year – it’s not a case of ‘moving too fast’, it’s a case of these charges being discriminatory and unfair.

“How on earth can the Council practically halve these figures on a whim. It just proves that this is not really about tackling the issue of air quality, it’s about making a quick buck.”

Campaigners who set up a group to attempt to halt these proposals say that this latest amendment will not reduce local opposition to the plans, and are urging residents affected to attend Full Council at the Guildhall next Wednesday, starting at 7:30pm, where they have forced the Council to debate the issue by raising a community motion.

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