Monthly Archives: August 2010

Boy racers continue to flout the law


A car screeches around Spitfire Island ready to race along Fort Parkway in one of the Sunday night 'meetings' earlier this summer

Despite interventions from the police, high-speed car racing on the dual carriageway between Spitfire Island and the Fort Shopping Centre has become a regular Sunday night event.
One local resident has said of last night’s events: “It’s almost midnight on a Sunday night and again we have again been subjected to about five hours of car racing along the A47 Fort Parkway.  I normally call the Police to report this but tonight I haven’t. It doesn’t appear to make any difference when I do.
“I have made statements to both the Police and BASBU, (Birmingham Anti Social Behaviour Unit) but still these racers flout the law and make Sunday nights a misery for residents living close to the race track, (sorry, road) that runs alongside B and Q.
“What I can’t understand is, if I got caught racing with someone else at excessive speeds, I would get at least 3 points on my licence each time, so why then, when this has been going on every Sunday night for about 5 months has there been so few disqualifications and car seizures?
“Whilst I appreciate that this is not in itself life threatening crime that is taking place, it is anti social and as such I thought it was a Police target for reduction, maybe I was wrong.”

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The boy racers made use of the bank holiday break by continuing their racing activities along Fort Parkway late on Monday evening and into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Last gasp Agbonlahor brace means replay for JKS


Two goals for JKS striker Charisma Agbonlahor, in the 85th and 90th minutes, mean that the FA Cup preliminary Round tie with Wednesfield will go to a replay. The teams drew 3-3 today at the Farnborough Road Stadium. The replay will be at Wednesfield’s ground this Tuesday, 31st August, kick off 7.45pm.

Are we just a bit thick up here in the Midlands?


17 of the top GCSE schools in the country are in London and the south east of England.
Schools from London and the south east dominate the list of high achievers in this year’s table of GCSE successes. Independent, grammar and single sex schools have outstripped state and mixed schools. The north of England is notable by its absence from the top table, and the Midlands gets barely a mention.
In a list of the schools that have got the highest percentage of A* and A grades this summer, King Edward VIth Camp Hill School for Boys in Birmingham is the highest Midlands school, in 12th place with 89% of students achieving A* and A grades at GCSE.
Altrincham Grammar School is the highest placed school from the north of England, and is the only school north of Birmingham in the top 50 – it comes in at 17th place with 86.83%. The only other school in the top twenty from outside London and the south east is Headington School in Oxford.
The top three schools in the country are all independent schools from the south east. The highest placed state school is The Henrietta Barnett School, an all girls school in Barnet, London.
Wolverhampton Girls High School comes 37th in the table, King Edwards Camp Hill School for Girls in Birmingham comes just behind in 40th place, King EdwardVIth Girls School in Handsworth is 48th, and Sutton Coldfield Girls Grammar School is 52nd.

Neck and neck in the Partnership Board elections


John Cooper and Pam Crocker have been voted onto the Neighbourhood Partnership Board following the recent elections.
The full results are:
John Cooper 300 votes  (elected)
Pam Crocker
289             (elected)
Danny Ryan
262
Maurice Smith
234
Gary Sturch
254

The election was carried out by the Electoral Reform Services for the NPB. Eligible residents were allowed two votes. 778 residents cast their votes, of which 5 were invalid. The voter turnout was 20.5%, a rise of just over 5% on 2009.
A more detailed analysis of the election will be featured in September’s Vale Mail.
The Neighbourhood Partnership Board oversees the health, education, housing, council and other services provided to Castle Vale following the end of the Housing Action Trust. Lord Corbett is the Chair of the Neighbourhood Partnership Board, which meets quarterly.

JKS get FA Cup go-ahead


FA Cup Preliminary Round: Castle Vale JKS v Wednesfield
Saturday 28th August .  Kick off 3pm
Castle Vale Stadium, Farnborough Road.

The Football Association have said that Vale Stadium is fit for the FA Cup tie between JKS and Wednesfield this Saturday. There had been concerns that the playing surface would not be ready because of the ground’s newly installed sprinkler system, but inspectors today have given the green light to the match.
This will be JKS’ first ever FA Cup tie. They were given a walkover result from their game scheduled a fortnight ago when Ledbury, their opponents in the Extra Preliminary Round,  were pulled out of the competition. JKS were automatically awarded the £750 prize money.
The stakes are higher for this round – a place in the First Qualifying Round on 11th September and prize money of £1,500 to the winners.
JKS are in the Premier Division of the Midland Combination; Wednesfield FC (from Wolverhampton) are in the Premier Division of the West Midlands Regional League.

GCSE success and relief for Vale School


31% of students at Castle Vale School have been awarded a grade A*-C in at least five GCSE subjects including English and Maths. That’s a jump of 9% on last year, and takes the school above the crucial 30% target set by the previous Government as part of the National Challenge. Headteacher Clive Owen said: “We are delighted, and it’s a credit to the hard work of the students and the teachers.”
The number of students who achieved 5 A*-C without including English and Maths has also risen. Last year it was 62%. This year, it is currently at 66% but that figure may go up to around 70% when all of the results are finalised. “It is a more complex system than in previous years,” says Clive Owen, “and it will take a bit more time to finalise the figures.”
The number of students with 5 A-G passes is currently at 96%, the same as last year, but the School is hopeful that this year’s figure may rise to 97% when all results are in.
The school had been under immense pressure to reach the 30% National Challenge target; schools below that figure had been categorised as ‘failing schools’ by previous Education Minister Ed Balls. Schools need to reach the 30% figure for two consecutive years to be out of the National Challenge category.

GCSE results out tomorrow


Tomorrow is a big day for many local 16 year-olds. They will be collecting their GCSE exam results from Castle Vale School from 9am tomorrow morning.