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Southern Railway Strike Information

This information has been forwarded to West Sussex County Council by Southern Railways regarding next week’s strike action-

‘Southern Railway regrets that despite our generous and improved offer to the RMT union, the union still intends to go ahead with strike action on the dates below, as previously announced, in opposition to our proposals for passenger service and reliability improvements:

  • Tuesday 11 October to Thursday 13 October
  • Tuesday 18 October to Thursday 20 October
  • Thursday 3 November to Saturday 5 November*
  • Tuesday 22 November and Wednesday 23 November
  • Tuesday 6 December to Thursday 8 December

While we regret that our passengers are likely to experience considerable disruption, we are pleased to be able to operate more services and serve more stations on these dates than has been possible on previous strike days (but please see the note below about Saturday 5 November). On the majority of routes you will be able to travel either on a Southern train, another operator’s train, or a bus. The following additional services will operate:

  • Two peak trains between Uckfield and London Bridge in the morning, returning in the late afternoon; and
  • Buses at peak times connecting Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough and Eridge with Haywards Heath and Tunbridge Wells (for rail connections to/from London)
  • A reduced train service between Dorking and Horsham
  • Later services to Redhill
  • Buses between Redhill and Tonbridge (during peak hours only)
  • Later services on the London Bridge to East Grinstead route
  • Later services on the Brighton to Eastbourne route
  • Buses between Chichester and Havant
  • Buses between Hastings and Eastbourne
  • Buses all day between Ashford International and Hastings

More details are available at http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/what-services-are-running/.

*Saturday 5 November: All current information relates to the services we intend to operate when strikes fall on weekdays. We are currently finalising the service we can offer on Saturday 5 November as it will differ significantly, particularly on the routes between Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne/Seaford. We will provide more information on our web site at http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/travel-advice/ as soon as it is available.

We recommend that passengers check our web site for updated information before travelling.’

An Update on Worth Less?

Along with every other Headteacher in West Sussex, we are pleased to be able to provide you with an update of Worth Less? and our campaign for £20m of transitional funding for West Sussex in the financial year starting April 2017. Read more here.

 

Help Us Secure Fairer Funding For West Sussex Students

Our campaign to secure fairer funding for West Sussex schools is being re-launched this week. Please see the attached letter from our Co-Head Teachers Sheila Carroll and Doug Thomas which details the steps you can take to support the campaign.

Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/WorthLessWestSussex and sign our petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/167761

 

 

Exam Success for WSAPC Students

WSAPC students are celebrating another successful year of examination results with provisional figures showing that 58% of Y11 students who were entered for exams achieved at least one A*-C grade, and 93% achieved 1 A*-G grade. 93% of pupils attained a level 1 or equivalent qualification in English, whilst 84% did so in Maths.

Co-Headteacher Sheila Carroll said- ‘We are very proud of the commitment and hard work shown by our students, often under challenging circumstances. Our staff have once again demonstrated that students at WSAPC can be assured of high quality teaching and learning, even with the backdrop of a more rigorous and demanding examination system.’

Co-Headteacher Doug Thomas added- ‘These results prove yet again that the hard work and dedication of our staff translate into positive outcomes for our students, who themselves should be commended for some great results.’

Individual successes included Max Davies- Teesdale who achieved 11 GCSE passes, 9 of which were at A or A* and Rachel who achieved 8 GCSE passes, 7 of which were at the highest grades.

Inter- Centre Sports Day

On 14th July we held our first annual Sports Day at Broadbridge Heath in Horsham, organised by Alex Jones. Competitors included students from Worthing, Chichester, Burgess Hill and Crawley.

Students from KS3 and KS4 took part in events such as 100m, 400m, long jump, high jump, discus, vortex toss, shot putt, relay and tug of war.

All students showed a great deal of effort and commitment and represented their centres well. They achieved points for taking part and for the three best places. At the end of a closely fought contest the winners were Burgess Hill, with Crawley coming a close second.

Well done to everyone who took part, students and staff. We’re looking forward to meeting again next year!

WSAPC Wins Dyslexia Aware School Award

We are very proud to report that the College has successfully met the criteria for accreditation to the West Sussex Dyslexia Aware School Award. Our participation enables pupils with dyslexic difficulties to access a more dyslexia friendly learning environment.

Parents and Carers can click on this link to read a letter to them from West Sussex County Council. This gives further details of how hard we have worked and of the commitment we have shown to achieve this accreditation.

Crawley Students Visit Lavender Fields

On Tuesday 12th July Crawley APC arranged a trip to Mayfield Organic Lavender Farm in Banstead, Surrey. Mayfield is a family run certified Organic Lavender farm situated in the lovely North Surrey Hills – less than 15 miles from Central London!  They have been growing lavender organically for over 10 years and have over 25 acres. Five students and three staff (including our own Mrs Lavender!) were given the opportunity of a tour of the farm on a specially constructed open top trailer pulled by a vintage tractor. We got to experience one of England’s traditional sights and smells as we walked through purple lavender as far as the eye can see. We got to see the huge range of products that lavender can be made into and some of the students bought plants from the on-site farm shop to bring home. We spent much of the day in the fields taking photos for the farms photography competition (1st prize £200). The soothing effect of lavender was evident on the return home as most students fell asleep in the minibus! We aim to return again next year when we will use the opportunity to dress up and bring props for the photography competition!

Update on Southern Railway Services

We have received this communication from Govia Thameslink regarding Southern Railway Services-
Temporary revised weekday timetable for Southern Railway services
We are introducing a temporary revised weekday timetable on our Southern services from Monday 11 July. This is to reduce the effect on our passengers of unpredictable and late-notice cancellations owing to the current train crew issues.
Full details of the timetable changes are available on our web site at http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/revised-timetable
What is happening?
The number of trains cancelled in the revised timetable will be broadly similar to current levels but:
• the bulk of the train service will be delivered when people need it most by targeting available train crew to the busiest lines and times of day, and by minimising gaps between trains wherever possible
• passengers will be better able to plan, knowing in advance what services should run
• the service will be more robust, allowing us to recover the timetable faster when problems such as signal failures occur
• longer trains and replacement bus services will also run whenever possible.
The revised temporary weekday timetable will run until train crew availability returns to normal.
Why are we doing this?
We are introducing this temporary weekday revised timetable with reluctance but it is the best thing we can do for our passengers, who have been suffering an unprecedented level of daily short-notice cancellations in recent weeks. It should give the majority of our passengers a better, more consistent service so that they can plan their journeys more confidently.
We appreciate that this has been a difficult time for many of our passengers. We continue to urge the RMT union to engage with us to introduce our planned customer service improvements on trains.

Strike Action Tuesday 21st June

For your information RMT strike action is planned, by its conductor members, for Tuesday 21st June. Southern Railway have informed schools it will have a significant effect on Southern services for the whole of the day, with no service on many routes and only a limited service between approximately 07.30 and 18.00 on others.

Updated timetable information for Tuesday 21st June day is now available on the Southern web site at www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/. This customer advice page also includes information about services to be affected, ticket acceptance and alternatives, and compensation and refunds; a map showing affected routes can be downloaded.

Services may also be affected due to a high level of conductor and driver sickness, Southern rail will continue to update live departure boards and the online journey planner at www.nationalrail.co.uk with service amendments for each day as soon as information is available.

WSAPC Becomes Stonewall School Champion

Stonewall Education Champions programme provides bespoke support and guidance to local authorities to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in local schools and support LGBT young people in their community. We are pleased to announce that staff have completed Stonewall training and the College now has membership of their Champions Award scheme. Follow the link to visit their website.