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Haverfordwest schools struggle in latest performance data

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THE LATEST performance data for schools in Pembrokeshire from the Welsh Government has highlighted a great need for improvement in Haverfordwest schools.

Sir Thomas Picton, Tasker Milward and Haverfordwest VC School are ranked in the red category.

This means that they require much improvement and will receive increased support.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Pembroke Dock also joins them in the red category.

The majority of the schools across the county have maintained their positions.

In total, nine schools across Pembrokeshire have gone up a category, meaning they need less action to improve, but eight schools also dropped down a category.

The list in full:

GREEN
Cleddau Reach VC School
Fenton Community Primary
Lamphey Primary School
Manorbier VCP School
Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary
Monkton Priory CP School
Pembroke Dock Community School
Portfield Special School
Prendergast School
St Oswals VA School
Tavernspite CP
Templeton
Wolfscastle CP
Ysgol y Frenni
Ysgol y Preseli

YELLOW
Angle VC School
Broad Haven CP
Cilgerran Church in Wales VC
Coastlands CP
Cosheston VC
Gelli Aur/Golden Grove
Ysgol Ger Y Llan
Ysgol Hafan y Mor
Hakin Community School
Holy Name RC School
Hook CP
Hubberston Church in Wales VC Nursery and Primary School
Maenclochog CP
Milford Haven Junior School
Mount Airey Community Nursersy and Infant
Narberth CP School
Neyland Community School
Orielton Community Primary School
Pennar Community School
Puncheston C
Roch CP
Saundersfoot CP
Solva Community School
Spittal Church in Wales Voluntary Controlled School
St Dogmaels CP
St Florence VC School
St Francis RC Primary School
St Mark’s VA School
St Teilo’s Catholic Primary School
St Aidan’s VA
Stackpole VC
Stepaside CP School
Tenby Juniors and Infants
Meads CP Infant and Nursery
Ysgol Bro Dewi
Ysgol Glan Cleddau
Ysgol Gymunedol Eglwyswrw
Ysgol Bro Gwaun
Ysgol Dewi Sant

AMBER
Johnston CP School
Milford Haven School
Pembroke School
Ysgol Bro Ingli
Ysgol Brynconin CP
Ysgol Clydau
Ysgol Glannau Gwaun
Ysgol Greenhill
Ysgol Gymunedol Croesgoch
Ysgol Gymunedol Wdig
Ysgol Llanychllwydog

RED
Haverfordwest VC School
Sir Thomas Picton
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Tasker Milward School

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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence

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THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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Covid alert level lowered for whole of UK

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THE COVID alert level for all four nations of the United Kingdom has been lowered to alert level 4.

The decision comes following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in light of the most recent data.

In recent weeks, the R-rate and the number of covid cases has been on the decline.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.

“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.

“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

Under the Welsh Government’s Alert level 4 restrictions, schools and colleges, places of worship, community centres, playgrounds and public parks are among those that can be opened.

Theatres, entertainment venues, leisure facilities and outdoor visitors attractions are among the places that must remain close while the country is in Alert Level 4.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community.

“We are delighted that locals and so many other people have come together to save this essential facility in the village.”

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