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Update from Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is set to increase security measures in Windsor from this evening (27/3).

Specialist barriers will be put in place around Windsor Castle ahead of the Guard Change which is set to take place on Wednesday (29/3).

Security measures and activities, including those for pre-planned events in crowded places have been reviewed by the Force following the recent terror attack in Westminster.

Windsor MP welcomes an increasing number of good and outstanding schools

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the news from Ofsted that the number of schools graded as good or outstanding in England has reached a new record high.

In Windsor and Maidenhead the number of good or outstanding schools has increased from 47 to 53, a 13% increase on last year. This increase is greater than across the South East of England, in which the number of schools graded by Ofsted as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ has increased to 2,843, an increase of 234 schools, or 9%, compared to 2015.

Across England as a whole the number of good or outstanding schools increased from 17,256 to 18,607. This amounts to 89% of all English schools – the highest proportion ever recorded.

Every region saw an increase in the number of good or outstanding schools and only 3 local authorities saw a decrease in number. Since 2010 the number of children studying at good or outstanding schools has increased by 1.8m.

 

The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:

“These figures show that in Windsor we continue to have some of the best schools in the country– from academies like Charters, to free schools like Holyport College and Forest Bridge.

“To build a country that works for everyone I want children across the country to enjoy the opportunity to attend a school that allows them to get a solid education and exam results on which they can build a career.

“Recent Conservative education reforms to introduce competition, such as the creation of free schools, expansion of the academies programme and the modernisation of the curriculum, are raising standards across the board. But there is still more to do locally and nationally.

“I look forward to future reforms that will allow our children to achieve even greater social mobility that they can today, and that must include the flexibility to expand grammar.”

 

ENDS

Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
  2. He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
  3. He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
  4. He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
  5. Adam Afriyie has written at length on education and social mobility. To see his full record please see here and here.
Heathrow noise update

The letter below has gone out to constituents in response to queries about what is being done to tackle the airspace changes, that have increased noise over parts of the constituency.

The focus is:

  1. Pressing for a consultation on, and change to, NATs Guidance on airspace strategy.
  2. Asking for NATs to have responsibility for the level of ground noise imposed by aircraft
  3. Urging the use of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) to mitigate noise
  4. Calling for air traffic controllers to monitor flights up to 7,000 ft, rather than just 4,000 ft.

The letter can be read in full below. Click to enlarge.

Heathrow update letter (July 2015)

 

The Airports Commission is stuck in the past

While it is disappointing that the Commission’s first recommendation for a third runway at Heathrow reflects a backward looking view of aviation world, there is good reason for optimism. Gatwick remains on the table as a credible and commercially viable option.

With the door open for Gatwick we may finally be closer to a decision and I will be urging the Government to take the opportunity of a generation to choose Gatwick.