Friday, 31 August 2012

Hannah Cockroft gold medal: congratulations from the Lord Mayor of Leeds

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle said:

“Congratulations to Hannah for her stunning victory and Paralympic record time in the women’s 100 metres. Her performance was fantastic to watch and it was great to see her perform at her best in front of her home crowd in the Olympic Stadium. We now look forward to seeing her in action in the 200 metres where hopefully she can make it a golden double.”

Leeds City Council’s response to Ofqual’s investigation into GCSE English grading

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“I am outraged that Ofqual have somehow reached the conclusion not to take adequate action to remedy this travesty. There are at least 400 young people in Leeds whose future’s have been left hanging in the balance because of the unfair grading by some examination boards.

“The option to offer a re-sit is absolutely unacceptable and totally misses the point. This is not an issue of standards it’s an issue of fairness in relation to work students have already completed. These young people who, if their GCSE papers had been submitted just six months earlier with the same mark would have been awarded a ‘C’ grade, but were given a ‘D’ because of changes to the grade boundaries.

“I am shocked Ofqual have suggested the grading in June was ‘fair’ – this does not help the thousands of young people who are now left without college places or apprenticeships through no fault of their own.

“We feel there is compelling evidence to formally pursue a judicial review against Ofqual and the examination boards responsible. We will contact the authorities and schools who have already approached us regarding joining forces on any legal action to ensure we get justice for the young people who have been so unfairly treated.

“We urge college leaders and Further Education providers to be sympathetic to the young people who are affected by this to ensure they are not penalised for the examination boards’ mistake and Ofqual’s lack of action.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Media opportunity - Leeds panto stars make mooooves to Temple Newsam

Panto stars will be getting their hands dirty down on the farm next week to launch ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ - this year’s pantomime at The Carriageworks theatre in Leeds

Members of the media are invited to photograph and interview the stars at Home Farm at Temple Newsam on Tuesday 4 September at 2.45pm, where the cast will be milking Fleur (a REAL cow!!) on the farm.

Please contact the press office on 0113 2474713 or 0113 2475472 to confirm attendance.

At the launch there will be:

Marshall Lancaster - starred in the smash hit BBC cult series Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars as DC Chris Skelton and will be joining the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk as pantomime bad guy Fleshcreep.

Jez Edwards - returning by popular demand, for the forth year running, from CBBC, playing Simple Simon.

Barry North - Dame Trott.

Allan Jay – Jack

Janine Pardo – Princess Amelia

Jack and the Beanstalk will run from 30 November to 5 January and tickets for are available now from The Carriageworks theatre, Millennium Square, Leeds by calling: 0113 2243801 or online at .

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713