Wiltshire News

Help change a future for Foster Care Fortnight

Help change a future for Foster Care Fortnight

Wiltshire residents are being asked to help “change a future” as Foster Care Fortnight begins today (13 May). Wiltshire Council currently has 165 foster households of all types providing a vital service to children in care. The council is keen to encourage more foster carers to come forward and provide up to 80 more homes… Read More…

Palace Welcomes New Pair of Swans to Historic Moat

Palace Welcomes New Pair of Swans to Historic Moat

Exciting news at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells today, as a new pair of swans is welcomed to the famous Moat. Tourists and locals had been disappointed since October last year, when Wynn, the brave widow who outlived her lifelong mate Bryn, and raised her final brood at the Palace, took flight along with her… Read More…

School class sizes are highest in a decade

School class sizes are highest in a decade

The number of children being taught in so called ‘super sized’ primary school classes has been revealed to be at its highest in a decade. The figures published by the Department of Education have shown that more than one in ten pupils are taught in classes of 31 or more, the largest proportion since 2007.… Read More…

Mums take fight to save Children’s centre to County Hall

Mums take fight to save Children’s centre to County Hall

Parents and local councillors will take their fight to save Westbury’s White Horse Children’s Centre to a council meeting this Tuesday (30th April). Wiltshire Council are set to close 6 Children’s Centres (formerly known as SureStart centres) only 3 years after a reorganisation that saw 13 of the original 30 close. The White Horse centre… Read More…

Free sanitary products to be introduced to primary schools

Free sanitary products to be introduced to primary schools

The Government has said that free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from 2020. This announcement follows the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s pledge to fund free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges.   Campaigners have welcomed this news saying they are glad that the government had extended the… Read More…

98% of Wiltshire families offered one of their top three primary school preferences

98% of Wiltshire families offered one of their top three primary school preferences

98.4% of Wiltshire families have been offered one of their three primary school preferences for this September with 93% offered their first preferences. Parents who applied online can see which school their child will attend by going to http://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk/prefs.php Most parents now apply for places online with 95% of the 5,144 applications received doing so.… Read More…

Be prepared and help ease pressure on health services this Easter

Be prepared and help ease pressure on health services this Easter

People living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to get ready for the approaching Easter holidays in order to help ease demand on health services across the region. As GP surgeries prepare for the Easter break, health and care leaders are asking people to check they have the… Read More…

Meet the team behind Frome Children’s Festival

Meet the team behind Frome Children’s Festival

From the makers of Frome Children’s Festival… Purple Elephant Productions!  Ever wondered what else the Frome Children’s Festival people do? The company behind this amazing free event is called Purple Elephant Productions, a small non-profit making organisation based in Frome. Their mission is to support local families and create opportunities for everyone to enjoy together,… Read More…

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

The latest figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions has revealed that a record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK are living in poverty after housing costs have been paid. This means that 70% of all ‘poor’ children were from working families, which is up from 67% on last year.… Read More…

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