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Kingston children get top marks at GCSE and more 5-year-olds than ever achieve good grades

James Giles

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New provisional figures show children in Kingston have achieved some of the highest marks in the country for GCSEs.

Kingston has increased the percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 4 achieving five or more A*-C grades at GCSE from 68.7% to 72.4% in the last five years.

While 72% of children are achieving these results in Kingston, the London average is only 59.5% and the England average is 52%. Meanwhile the percentage of pupils in state-funded, mainstream schools making expected progress in English and Mathematics between key stage 2 and 4 has increased in since 2011/12 form 80% to 85% while the London average is at 75.9%.

Commenting, James Berry MP said:

“These results are a tremendous success story for Kingston – with children from our schools outperforming the country at GCSE!

“I am also heartened that more 5-year-olds than ever before are achieving the expected standards in mathematics and literacy. All this demonstrates this Government’s commitment to raising the bar for all children and acknowledging that early years are critical to a child’s future success.

“I am regularly visiting schools in the area and I am constantly impressed by the dedication of the teachers. Kingston is a great area to send your children to school, but we need to be looking ahead. I am currently campaigning to ensure that new primary schools are built, in Surbiton in particular, so that we have enough school places for the future.”

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

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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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