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New late night bus journeys between city centre and Bristol Parkway

Posted on Friday 30th November 2012 at 10:28 am by SH (Editor)

Bus stop at Bristol Parkway railway station.First Group has introduced a number of new late night journeys on its number 73 Bristol City Centre to Cribbs Causeway route, thereby bringing a “night bus” service to Stoke Gifford for the first time in several years.

Operating via Gloucester Road and Filton Avenue en route to and from Bristol City Centre and Bristol Parkway Station, the 73 is already very popular with bus users, and particularly those young people living and studying at the University of the West of England (UWE) Frenchay campus.

Since 4th November, three additional late night journeys from Bristol City Centre – at midnight, 1am and 2am – and two journeys from Bristol Parkway Station – at 12:30am and 1:30am – have been running, providing opportunities to travel much later than ever before.

The extra late night services run six nights a week, Monday to Saturday.

Talking about the new journeys, Marc Reddy, Regional Commercial and Business Growth Director for First in the South West and Wales, said:

“We have created these journeys in order to respond to demand for our services. We expect customers to welcome them as they give them even more opportunities to travel. For instance they make it much easier for people to go out in Bristol City Centre and return home later, or conversely allow those arriving late into Bristol Parkway Station by train to complete their onward journeys by bus much later into the night.”

“For those who want to use the FirstNight ticket as a means of getting in and out of town, it also means that they now have the potential to get both in and around the city centre and home again as late as 2am, for just £2.90.”

The FirstNight ticket was launched in April 2012 to give customers unlimited travel on the company’s buses after 7pm (until 4am the next morning) for just £2.90.

More: Initiative welcomed by Journal reader Mark Jones »

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Head appointed for new Cheswick Village primary school

Posted on Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 12:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Susie Weaver, headteacher at Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy.

A “visionary principal” has been appointed to lead a new primary school that is due to open in Cheswick Village next September.

The Cabot Learning Federation has announced the appointment of Miss Susie Weaver to the role of headteacher of the brand new Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy.

Building work on the new school is due to start early next year and will continue until spring 2014.

Miss Weaver is currently acting head of Ashley Down Infant School and is working in close partnership with Ashley Down Primary School. She has worked at Ashley Down for six years, building a formidable reputation as a leading educationalist and headteacher and will take up her new post in January 2013.

She said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy, which will open to a Reception cohort of 60 pupils in September [2013]. This is a tremendously exciting project and I am thoroughly looking forward to joining the Cabot Learning Federation and working together to develop outstanding primary education for the 21st century.”

Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy will become the eleventh academy within the Cabot Learning Federation, which has six secondary schools in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset and four primaries in east Bristol.

David Carter, Executive Principal of the Cabot Learning Federation said:

“This is such an exciting project for the federation. Very rarely do we ever get the chance to build and open a brand new school yet this opportunity has arisen. For such a visionary project we needed to appoint a visionary principal, and Susie was successful against a strong national field and I cannot wait for her to join our leadership team.”

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Work starts on new technology and engineering academy

Posted on Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 10:18 am by SH (Editor)

Ceremony at the site of the new Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy.

Building work has started on the Bristol Technology and Engineering (BTE) Academy in New Road, Stoke Gifford, the first of its kind in the south west.

The academy will open in September 2013 to educate young people who are interested in a career in the engineering or environmental technology sectors.

As a University Technical College (UTC), the academy will give 14-19 year olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full time, technically-oriented course of study.

In its first year, the academy will have up to 120 students in Year 10 (14 year olds) and up to 60 in Year 12 (16 year olds). Once fully operational, in 2016/17, there will be 440 students and 33.5 full-time equivalent staff.

The academy has already had a large number of applications from a broad catchment area, from Weston-super-Mare in the south to Dursley in the north of the region.

Speaking about the new building, the academy’s newly-appointed principal Rhian Priest commented:

“The BTE Academy is part of a new style of education that will offer industry-related teaching, a direct link to top employers and a unique type of learning. All of this will be housed in a brand new, state-of-the-art building which is sure to inspire and engage students.”

More: Academy’s industrial sponsors are Airbus and GKN Aerospace »

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UWE to host count for Mayor and PCC elections

Posted on Wednesday 14th November 2012 at 5:03 pm by SH (Editor)

UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol.

The UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre will be the focus of the media this Friday (16th November) when it hosts the count for two important elections taking place the previous day.

Despite being outside the City boundary, the Centre has been chosen by Bristol City Council to accommodate the counts for both the Bristol Mayor election and the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election.

Polling takes place on Thursday (15th November), between 7am and 10pm.

Around 2,000 people are expected at the count, which will start at 9am on Friday.

The City Council has employed around 1,000 people to work at the count, including several hundred UWE students. They will be joined by up to 1,000 others, including the candidates, their supporters, political representatives and the media.

Information about the candidates standing in the local PCC election can be found on the Avon and Somerset page of the Choose My PCC website.

The local PCC candidates are:

  • Pete Levy (Liberal Democrat)
  • Ken Maddock (Conservative)
  • Sue Mountstevens (Independent)
  • John Savage (Labour)

Both elections will employ the supplementary vote system in which electors are asked to select their first and second choices for the role.

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