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Governors face axe at Taskers

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taskers axeTHE GOVERNORS of Tasker Milward VC School, Haverfordwest, have been given a stark warning about the improvements required to the struggling secondary school.

A report to Cabinet given by Jake Morgan, Director of Children and Schools set out a difficult future for the school, which faces falling pupil numbers at a time when schools with surplus places face closure.

As The Pembrokeshire Herald revealed in December, Tasker Milward is one of two of our county’s secondary schools that have fallen into Wales’ bottom band of performance.

A withering assessment of the school seen by The Herald states that “The opinion of Estyn following its recent inspection of Tasker Milward VC School is that ‘the school is in need of significant improvement…; as a result, Estyn will monitor the school’s progress. The categorisation of the school by ERW as at December 2013 is ‘Causing Concern’ with ‘unsatisfactory’ Learner Outcomes and Capacity to Improve.”

By contrast the same report states that: “Sir Thomas Picton School is currently judged by ERW to be “Good and Outstanding”.

A formal notice to improve Tasker Milward School was given in November 2013. It states: “If the Governing Body fails to comply with the required actions and improvement is not secured to the Authority’s satisfaction by 31st August 2014, then the Authority will request permission from the Welsh Ministers to constitute the Governing Body as an Interim Executive Board.”

The notice means that unless that the School improves by the start of the next school year, the Board of Governors as currently constituted could be removed and an interim board parachuted in to try and pilot through future improvements.

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Death on Freemens Way

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A 56-YEAR-OLD man has died following an incident on Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday night (Jul 15).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A 56-year-old man has died following an incident at Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, last night.

“He was taken to hospital with severe injuries, but sadly passed away.

“His family has been informed and is being supported by local officers.

“An investigation is ongoing but the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“HM coroner has been informed.”

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Two arrested for shouting racist comments at BLM protest

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TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shouting racist comments at Black Lives Matter protestors, at the latest event in Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (Jul 15).
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Ross Evans said: “On Wednesday evening (July 15) a peaceful protest took place on Picton Fields, Haverfordwest, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The demonstration, which was attended by around 70 people, was overseen by local officers as part of appropriate plans in place to allow for peaceful protest.

“Sadly, officers present observed a man and a boy shouting a number of racist comments towards those attending the demonstration, and promptly arrested both, one aged 19 and the other 14, on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

“The comments understandably caused a great deal of upset and distress to those from the demonstration who heard them.

“The two men arrested have been taken to Haverfordwest custody, where they remain currently. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information is asked to contact police by emailing us at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty

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HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area.

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government.

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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