Monthly Archives: February 2010

School admissions letters due this week

Parents of Year 6 (top junior) children will discover by letter this week which secondary school their have been allocated. Letters are to be posted on Monday 1st March by first class post. Parents have until Friday 17th March to inform the Council whether or not they are accepting the place offered. Parents who are not happy with the place allocated to them should contact the City’s School Admissions and Appeals Office on 0121 675 0555 before 17th March.


Four score Shane as Vale race to nine

Newly returned striker Shane Benjamin notched four goals today as his team galloped past Racing Club Warwick. Vale ran out 9-1 winners.
Benjamin has bagged seven goals in his last two games, having scored a hat-trick against Bolehall Swifts in the last game Vale managed to get played, in early February.
Joy also befell JKS. They beat Continental 3-1 at Farnborough Road,with goals from Cheslyn, Leach and Agbonlahor.
Five of the eight Midland Combination premier division fixtures this afternoon were postponed because of unfit pitch conditions.

Dromey gets Erdington’s Labour spot

Jack Dromey, Labour Party Treasurer,Deputy General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, and husband of Labour Chair Harriet Harman, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Erdington for the General Election. He is almost certain to replace the retiring Sion Simon as the constituency’s MP, as  Erdington is regarded as such a  safe Labour seat, with a majority of over 9,500.

Erdington Labour Party members voted by post for their preferred candidate. They had been given a short list of four by Labour’s Central Office.

Birmingham through to last four in City of Culture bid

Birmingham, Sheffield, Londonderry and Norwich have been shortlisted from an initial  list of 14 cities hoping to become the UK City of Culture for 2013.

Public meetings: Castle Vale Performing Arts College – School Trust bid

Three consultation meetings have been scheduled for Castle Vale School’s bid to become a ‘Trust’.
The meetings will be held at the School in Farnborough Road, on the following dates:

  • For Staff: Monday 8th March at 3.30 pm
  • For Parents and Carers: Wednesday 10th March at 6.00 pm
  • For Community Groups: Monday 15th March at 6.00 pm

The meetings are part of the first consultation period that closes on 12th April. Trust Status would mean that the school would be guided by a group of trustees headed by a senior educational partner. The school hopes that Birmingham City University wil provide the lead partner,as reported in February’s Vale Mail.
Stan Szaroleta, Chair of the School’s Governors, has said: “This is an important period in the school’s history and development, and the decision on whether or not to become a Trust School is a major one. The Governors believe that becoming a Trust School will potentially have a positive impact on the school and on the children of Castle Vale. They have decided to consult on this proposal subject to certain conditions, one of which is to take into account the views of staff, parents/carers and the wider community.”
He has invited people who would like to express a view but are unable to attend the meeting to submit their comments by e mail to:

City commitment to pools and waterspace…….. good news for Vale?

Birmingham Council leader Mike Whitby has announced today that his Council will be “enhancing our reputation yet further with our massive commitment to transforming community pools and waterspace in the City.” The claim came in his budget speech to the 120 City Councillors today. He told the elected members that the Council intended to make “efficiency savings” of £69 million this year, and reaffirmed that this could mean 1,500-2000 Council jobs being cut.
Castle Vale residents will be keen to know what he means by “transforming community pools.”
The situation with Vale’s pool is not simple. Birmingham Council is divided into ten constituencies (Vale is in Erdington Constituency). Each constituency manages some of its own services with its own budget. It is the constituency that has to deal with Vale’s swimming pool. The proposed cuts in services to the Castle Pool were made by Erdington Constituency Councillors because they had overspent their budget. In fact,Erdington has been the biggest overspender of all the constituencies in Birmingham. The crunch question is: what will the central City Council do if Erdington constituency fails to address its budget deficit? Will it lose patience, and demand that cuts are made? Will it take the matter out of local hands?
Councillor Whitby’s commitment to the city’s swimming pools is good news for swimmers….. but not necessarily for Vale swimmers.

Winter’s tale: same old story

Castle Vale FC’s Midland Combination fixture at Heath Hayes has been postponed tonight because the pitch is unfit – the team’s ninth postponement in seven and a half weeks.