Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Leeds neighbours encouraged to become ‘Home and Away’ recycling fans

People in Leeds are being encouraged to become fans of ‘Home and Away’ this week - as part of a drive to make the city greener.

‘Home and Away’ is the theme of this year’s National Recycling Week, which runs until Sunday 26 June and signals the start of a year-long campaign by Leeds City Council to encourage everybody in the city to do more to recycle when they are at home, at work and at play.

A major part of the campaign is focused on those living in multi-storey flats, who are now being given their own dedicated recycling facilities which are being introduced all over the city.

Lincoln Green is one of the latest communities to benefit, with Leeds City Council and East North east Homes providing communal recycling facilities to all council-managed multi-storey flats which allow residents to recycle paper, card, plastics, cans and aerosols as well as glass.

The target is to have such facilities available to every council multi-storey flat by the autumn, as part of the wider programme to bring recycling to every home in Leeds. Communal recycling facilities like this have already made an immediate impact since being introduced with great success on the Beckhill Estate in Meanwood.

As the new facilities are being introduced in each area, residents are being given information to make them aware as well as tips on how to effectively recycle.

Leeds City Council executive board member for environmental services and licensing Councillor Mark Dobson said:

“Lincoln Green is the latest area of the city to benefit from these communal recycling facilities, but not only are we wanting to ‘put the green into Lincoln Green’ we want that message of how important recycling is to reach everyone in Leeds.

“Recycling is hugely important as it reduces our need to bury rubbish as landfill so it not only makes Leeds a cleaner greener place it also saves the city money. If everyone in Leeds could stop for a second and think when throwing something in the bin if it could be recycled instead that could make a real difference.”

For more information on National Recycling Week, visit the website at www.recyclenow.com


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

Outstanding Ofsted report for Wigton Moor Primary School

Pictured are: (back) Anna; (middle) Hanah, Maheen and Aadam; (front) Kshitija, Myra and Alina celebrating the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard, which was praised in the school's Ofsted inspection.

‘An outstanding school’ which ‘makes a considerable difference to the lives of young people in its care’ is the glowing Ofsted assessment of Wigton Moor Primary School.

The north Leeds school was recently visited by inspectors who were so impressed by what they saw they classed the school as outstanding, putting it in the top six per cent of primary schools in the country.

The inspectors’ report noted that ‘teaching is good overall, with some outstanding’ and the ‘curriculum is outstanding, providing pupils with experiences and opportunities to learn about the world’ with ‘highly tailored programmes for a wide range of groups’.

Pupils’ behaviour was classed as exemplary and it was noted that their ‘spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding, meaning they are prepared exceptionally well for the next stage in their learning’. It was also highlighted that pupils have very good relationships with teachers and that they feel safe in school and enjoy their learning.

The inspectors acknowledged that the ‘headteacher and other leaders and managers have an ambitious vision for the school’ and that ‘engagement with parents and carers is good’. They also classed the effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement as outstanding too.

Julia Norton, headteacher at Wigton Moor Primary School, said:
“We are delighted with the result, especially as only 6 per cent of primary schools nationally achieve this assessment grade from Ofsted. The result is of course the culmination of many years of hard work by our outstanding staff team who are fully supported by parents and governors and of course our greatest asset, the children.

“We are a truly multi-cultural school and we achieved the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard Level 3 last year. Since then we have acted as ambassadors for the standard in schools across Leeds so were overjoyed when the lead inspector described our racially harmonious and inclusive ethos as 'genuine and embedded' and an integral part of our outstanding curriculum.

“I have been at Wigton Moor for five years but this is the pinnacle of my career which spans 35 years in Leeds schools. I am proud of everyone connected to the school and look forward to building on this excellent achievement.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member for children’s services, said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for Wigton Moor Primary School. An outstanding Ofsted report is recognition of every aspect of the school being exceptional - something which is not achieved without a lot of hard work and dedication. This assessment is something that everyone at the school should be proud of and I would like to congratulate everyone involved.”

An area highlighted by the inspectors for improvement was the monitoring role of subject leaders so they have a more accurate picture of the quality of teaching in their areas and that their actions for future improvement are better informed.


For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577
Email: jon.crampton@leeds.gov.uk