Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
KING’S High School for Girls, in Warwick, has appointed its first ever male headteacher since opening in 1879.
Richard Nicholson, aged 40, was announced yesterday (Wednesday) as the school’s new headmaster.
He will take over from current headmistress, Elizabeth Surber, in September 2015.
Currently the deputy head of Lady Eleanor Holles, an independent girls’ school in Hamp-ton, Middlesex, Mr Nicholson will be the first man to take charge of King’s High in its 135-year history.
Though his appointment might be seen in some quarters as revolutionary, Mr Nicholson told the governors his theme was very much “evolution not revolution”.
The school’s chairman of governors, Jane Marshall, said: “Mr Nicholson’s passion for girls’ education, his educational philosophy and his deeply held belief that the key to a fulfilling life is unlocking the potential in each individual student, are themes to which we can all relate.
“His goal will be to enhance an already excellent school. He simply wants King’s High to be the best King’s High that it can be.”
The new head has an MA in music from Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was an organ scholar.
An independent school, which includes a sixth form, King’s High was inundated with applications.
Mrs Marshall said: “In the end, Mr Nicholson made, what we thought was going to be a very difficult task, easy.
He was the unanimous choice of the selection panel.” Mrs Surber, 60, is the school’s tenth head mistress, and has been in charge since 2001.
“The governors were very fortunate that Mrs Surber gave us four terms’ notice of her intention to retire,” said Ms Marshall.
“Ample time for us to consider the qualities we are looking for in the new head and to plan a thorough recruitment process.
“I know that she and Mr Nicholson will work well together over the coming year to effect a seamless transfer.”
Opened on 29th April 1879 under the headship of 22-year-old Janet Fisher and her staff of three, King’s High initially taught 22 girls.
Now there are 610 pupils at the school, and in September there will be a bumper intake of 115 Year 7s.