Three missed opportunities to sort out children’s social care

Posted on February 5th, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The council’s management of children’s services is failing badly

Croydon Labour council leader Tony Newman, and the cabinet member for children, families and learning, Councillor Alisa Flemming, missed no fewer than three opportunities to intervene to correct falling standards in the department in the run-up to the council failing its Ofsted inspection of children’s services last summer. I am now the leader of the Conservative … Read More »

As elections loom, what kind of Croydon do you want?

Posted on November 17th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. No Comments

UKIP candidate Michael Swadling sets out his priorities for next year’s local elections

After the snap election this year, you could be forgiven for being pretty fed up with politics and elections. In 2018, for the fourth straight year, Croydon will be returning to the polls – this time, for the local elections.

Whilst we’ve probably all had enough of voting for a while, these local … Read More »

The council must take responsibility for the children’s services debacle

Posted on October 5th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The verdict is damning, and there isn’t much ambiguity over where the buck stops

There’s not been much good news for Croydon lately. The latest in a long list of bad news to be laid at our council’s door is the assessment by Ofsted inspectors that Croydon’s children’s services have failed on all counts.

From the failure to deal with flytipping through delays to the Fairfield … Read More »

New schools to be built in Croydon

Posted on July 1st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Two academy schools are to be built in Croydon after they were given the go-ahead by the Department of Education. The primary school will have 660 places, including 30 nursery places, and will be situated in Victoria House in Waddon. The secondary school’s location has not been confirmed but will be centrally based and have spaces for 1,200 students, including 300 places for sixth form students. There will … Read More »

Croydon College ranked ‘good’ in Ofsted report

Posted on June 12th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Ofsted has ranked Croydon College as ‘good’ and said it has made “very significant, and increasingly, rapid progress” in a new report published this month. The reports looks at the curriculum, the management of the college, student support and how it works with the community and employers.

Release begins: Staff and students have started back after half-term with a genuine ‘spring’ in their step after the Government’s education … Read More »

Grammar schools: For hard working children?

Posted on February 24th, by Cormac Mannion in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Adding to the grammar school debate, Cormac Mannion asks what value, if any, grammar schools have

In his article that recently appeared in the Croydon Citizen’s second print edition, Benjamin Flook rightly addressed the pressing issue of Croydon’s schools’ inability to cater for our rapidly expanding population. As a solution to this, Mr Flook suggested drawing on the success of neighbouring Sutton and … Read More »