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Ratcliffe Drive Tesco Express store closes for redevelopment

Posted on Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 7:50 pm by SH (Editor)

The Tesco Express store in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford has closed temporarily.

The Tesco Express store in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford has temporarily closed today (23rd August) for a period of around six months, to allow redevelopment of the site.

According to plans approved by South Gloucestershire Council, the existing Tesco store will be increased in size by around 16% (adding 52sqm of floorspace ) and a new 106sqm retail unit will be added.

Customers of the Tesco store have been told that it is likely to re-open in the first or second week of February 2016.

An earlier planning application that would have also incorporated five residential flats (on a second storey) was withdrawn after officers advised that the lack of additional parking provision for the residential element was not compliant with the council’s updated parking policy.

A Tesco spokesperson said:

“We can confirm that our Stoke Gifford Express store is being temporarily closed for a few months to enable redevelopment work that will substantially improve our offer for customers. This includes creating more parking spaces, introducing a ‘Click & Collect’ facility and a new ATM.”

“All affected colleagues have been consulted on the changes and provided with  temporary roles in other stores. Customers will continue to be able to shop at our nearby stores but we apologise for any short-term disruption this may cause.”

“We look forward to bringing forward an even better offer for our customers soon.”

It is not known which business will occupy the additional retail unit once it is completed.

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Abbeywood Community School celebrates “positive” Post-16 outcomes

Posted on Friday 14th August 2015 at 9:18 am by SH (Editor)

Students at Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford, Bristol receive their A-level results.

Post-16 students and staff are celebrating positive outcomes at Abbeywood Community School this week, with more students than ever gaining grades to be accepted onto university courses.  The school has seen a slight dip in headline figures compared with previous years but has once again seen huge successes in BTEC and vocational outcomes.

Most students who were seeking places on higher education courses gained places or are currently seeking alternatives at other institutions and a number of others have secured apprenticeships.

The average A-level points score per entry was 185 (187 last year) and the average total points score per student was 670 (669 last year).  For vocational courses, the average points score per entry was 234 and average total points score was 807.

Significant individual successes highlighted by executive headteacher Dave Baker are:

A2 examination results

  • Kaya Baber ABB + A* (EPQ)
  • Freya Restall ABB

AS examination results

  • Joe Mansfield AAAA
  • Jamie Franks AAAA
  • Ethan Martin AAABB

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) reported “stability across the grades” at A-level, with A*-A declining marginally by 0.1 percentage points to 25.9 percent; A*-B increasing by 0.4 percentage points to 52.8 percent and the pass rate (A*-E) rising by 0.1 percentage points to 98.1 percent.

Photo (l-r): Jacob Peters, Ethan Dyke, Gemma Shafto (Director of Post-16), Emily Morris and Sophie Bailey.

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