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Misbourne School Exam Results 2017

Exam results – well done The Misbourne

Students at The Misbourne have achieved another set of great results.

At GCSE, 80% of the students achieved passes in both English and Mathematics.  In all other subjects, the school results were again higher than previous years with a continuing upward trend.  And for A Levels, the average points score has increased.

Below, Headteacher, Robert Preston, with twins Lauren and Mia Agar-Rea celebrating their GCSE results.

To see the full media announcements from The Misbourne,  Continue reading Misbourne School Exam Results 2017

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Group Spotlight – The Chiltern Academy

The Chiltern Academy was established in 1973 by Jane Anderson’s mother, Elaine, when she took over a High Wycombe dance school where Jane had been a student.   It was a wonderful challenge for Elaine to run her own business – her husband came up with the new name and Chiltern Academy’s journey began.

The Prestwood studio opened in 1976 and started with a handful of eager students attending class on Friday afternoons.  Little did they know that, over 40 years later, Chiltern Academy would still be thriving with nearly 300 students coming through the door each week.

What started as a local village dance school, offering ballet classes one afternoon a week, has since become one  of Buckinghamshire’s most prestigious performing arts schools with students travelling from as far as Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire to attend.  Numerous students go on to vocational colleges and successful careers within the dance world.  Continue reading Group Spotlight – The Chiltern Academy

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The Rock Project comes to Prestwood

Aspiring young pop and rock stars can start to climb the ladder of success with the launch of a new music school in Prestwood!

The Rock Project is the UK’s leading school for children’s contemporary music tuition. It offers group lessons in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals for young people aged 7-18 years old.

Weekly sessions at The Rock Project offer budding chart-toppers the chance to develop their musical talents as well as experience in playing together as a band. Continue reading The Rock Project comes to Prestwood

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Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April

PVA AGM Programme 250417

7.00pm  Doors open – an opportunity to visit displays

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – Notice of meeting AGM Calling notice 250417 including PVA AGM Minutes 2016 v.2  and proposed amendments to the Constitution PVA Constitution-2017 Final [Please read and print these off and bring with you].

We have a few vacancies for PVA committee members so if you’d like to contribute then please apply –  here’s the form AGM-Nomination-Form-Election-Committee-Members-2017 which needs to be back with PVA by 17 April.   For further information see here.
Continue reading Invitation to all PVA subscribers

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RUWise to It?

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.

Being aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and knowing where to go to raise a concern are two simple but important things.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that happens when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, money, drugs, gifts or alcohol. It is illegal, although young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed and manipulated by their abusers.   Visit www.RUWise2it.co.uk to find out more.

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Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  ivanlovegrove@gmail.com  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks.  www.prestwoodinfants.org/ 

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School Journey Survey

Message from Bucks County Council

Closing date for responses 3 February 2017.

Buckinghamshire County Councillors on the Transport, Environment and Economy Select Committee are undertaking an inquiry into the use of cars to get children to and from schools in Bucks and how schools and communities can affect behaviour change to encourage people to adopt more sustainable travel options and reduce car use for the school journey.

With the planned housing growth across Buckinghamshire, school expansion and new school building, Members feel it may lead to worse congestion and parking around roads serving schools.  It is believed that enforcement at pinch points around school roads isn’t always the most effective solution, so Members want to look at other methods that do work.

In this inquiry members will be exploring alternative, healthier modes of travel to school to reduce the use of cars for the school journey.  They want to consider how a variety of sustainable travel initiatives already in place have changed travel-to-school habits, and whether these could be harnessed more widely.  Through hearing about what’s being done, what works, and what more can be done, Members want to understand the opportunities, challenges and barriers to encouraging sustainable travel for the school journey.

On the 7th and 8th February, the BCC Select Committee will hold two days of evidence gathering from head teachers, travel planning co-ordinators, Junior Road Safety Officers, police, fire service community safety officers, and national experts.

Members would like to provide Local Councillors/Community Representatives with the opportunity to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following survey to give your views, experiences and knowledge of the schools within your local areas.

A final inquiry report will be published at the end of March and recommendations made to the Cabinet in April.

Committee Members would be most grateful if you would be willing to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following very short survey.  The survey will provide Members with your views and experiences of school travel, examples of successful activity and the challenges that takes place with schools and communities within your areas.

You can complete the survey following this link: https://www.research.net/r/SchoolJourneySurvey   The closing date for responses is the 3rd February.

 

 

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Youth Awards 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Chiltern District Council Youth Awards – the closing date for nominations is 3 February 2017 with presentation evening being 16 March.

Know a youngster in Prestwood who goes the extra mile, or has excelled in academics, arts, sport?  Or a young carer?  Nominate them in CDC’s Youth Awards 2017 and make their day.  It’s simple – do it online or download a form.

http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/youthawards2017

 

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Local Plan Consultation … and Prestwood

Another consultation?

Yes, and this one does affect the whole of  this area for years to come.  So it should involve us all now.

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Click on the map to see it full screen and then return to read more……

 

To help you, we have created user friendly maps for you to see how you are affected.  These highlight the sites under consideration and make it easy for you to get further official (CDC) information.

We have already informed you about the Local Plan Consultation which is reviewing 15 preferred Green Belt options a few weeks ago. As usual there is a lot of information to go through in the evidence base which is normal for these exercises.

PVA has extracted the current status around Prestwood and displayed them on a map. There are 22 of them.

But aren’t they all rejected?

Yes they are, however some of those have been rejected twice. As this process moves through to a conclusion we should remind ourselves of the current status of the plan as far as Prestwood is concerned.

Any of these can come back, and as you can see in one case; two adjacent areas next to Lodge Lane have both been rejected, the area was made even larger (10 Ha) and appeared again with a proposal for a school to be built there. See this item for area 2.02.

You can get the big picture here: Local Plan Nov-Dec 2016

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Gift A Book Prestwood Event

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Message from Prestwood Junior and Infant Schools

5th -19th December 2016

Our 2 local schools need your help to provide additional books for their libraries.

We are asking all parents and local businesses to gift a book from the Usborne range of 2700 fiction and non fiction titles starting at £1.99 to widen the range of topics available for the children to read and borrow from their school library.  If more than £600 of books are purchased, Usborne books will give the schools another 60% in FREE Usborne books of their choice!  If we raise £1,000, the schools will get another £600 to spend with Usborne books!

The schools have made a “Wish List” of books that the children would like to see in their library and these books will be visible on our Facebook Event Page.

All participating children who gift a book will be given a free silicone wristband in January showing their support for their school as a way of thank you. Parents and Business Donors will be thanked in a January Newletter

Contact your local school or Victoria Stacey or call 07525 084099 to find out more.

Part of this campaign is also aimed at businesses in and around Prestwood. Please download this information on Gift a Book which explains how it all works.

 

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All day fun in Prestwood – Saturday 3 December

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  • Small Business Day – A chance to support your local shops and purchase all your Christmas presents, hassle-free in Prestwood on Saturday 3 December.
  • FREE PARKING at the High Street Car Park, courtesy of Great Missenden Parish Council in association with Chiltern District Council.
  • Roll up to the Junior School’s Christmas Bazaar – 12 noon until 3pm.
  • Continue the day by joining in the fun at Prestwood’s Spirit of Christmas celebration at Chequers Parade from 5-6pm; includes entertainment, switching on the lights, fireworks and Santa.  Prestwood Junior School Choir will be in full song and there’s a competition to keep you busy in the local shop windows.  This year’s event is in aid o f MS Halton, Thomas Ball and Medical Detection Dogs.    PEG wishes to thank everyone who gives so generously to enable this event to take place annually.peg-sp-of-chr-poster-2016
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Prestwood Infant and Junior Schools are seeking the views of the local community on the proposal to federate the two schools from September 2017

creative-desk-pens-school-largeUnder the proposed federation, a single Senior Leadership Team and one Governing Body would be set up to oversee the Prestwood Village Primary Schools, but the two schools would keep their individual identity and operating sites.

Before proceeding further, both schools are seeking feedback on the proposed federation from stakeholders including parents/carers, staff, members of the community, unions, and the Local Authority over the next six weeks.

You are invited, and encouraged, to comment and feedback between Monday 7th November and Monday 19th December 2016. All the documents explaining what a Federation is, what the Governing Bodies are proposing and the benefits to both schools are available together with a response form should you wish to take part in the consultation. Please click here to access these documents.

Please send your comments and questions by Monday 19th December 2016. Both Governing Bodies wish to confirm that federation is considered as the best way of enhancing the education of young people in the village of Prestwood and surrounding areas.

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Reduction of Prestwood High Street Car Park?

(Comment from Prestwood Village Association: Many thanks to the community for providing your feedback on the end of this item we will ensure it is flagged up to CDC and the Parish Council should this come up for consideration. Immediately below is a comment from CDC Councillor John Gladwin, added 24th October 2016 on this subject)

“The development of affordable housing in the District is a Government Imposed Target for CDC. Since the formation of a Working Group to look at it, a number of sites have come forward, giving the opportunity to provide a significant number of affordable homes. However there are not unlimited sums of money to fund these all these opportunities. Thus there is a need for the opportunities to be reviewed in more depth. As such this will take time.  The proposal for a proportion of the Prestwood Car Park to be converted to Affordable Housing has not gone away, but is being considered as part of that further evaluation.

As said previously, any proposals will to be recommended by the working group, supported by the Council, and be subject of a Consultation.”

-John Gladwin

co_op-car-park2Some of you will have already heard that Chiltern District Council is looking at the need to provide Affordable Housing in the District and has set up a committee to review this.

As part of that review, Prestwood High Street Car Park has been brought forward as it borders the Paradigm housing in Maybush Gardens.  PVA understands that the proposal would be to take a small portion of the car park towards the rear.  This along with a large number of other sites is still under consideration by the committee, but no recommendation has been made.

Our local CDC Councillors, John Gladwin and Peter Martin, are members of the committee and tell us that before it can become a reality, it will need to be

  • Recommended by the committee
  • Considered and recommended by the CDC cabinet
  • Be subject to a local consultation

Please air your views by Leaving a Comment (see above in headings) and PVA will feedback to our local District Councillors.

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Children & Young People in Bucks – an opportunity to speak up

As a Young Person have your say – it means that funding for youth activities could be allocated for you for the next few years…..

Bucks County Councillors on the Children’s Social Care & Learning Select Committee are asking children and young people to help by completing a short survey as to how easy it is for them to give their views to the County Council and to what extent the Council uses those views to help shape and run services for children and young people locally.

The survey is at Children and Young People’s Views – Survey 2016 and the closing date for input is 20th October 2016.

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