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Haverfordwest: Preferred site for new English Medium School not yet decided

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THERE will be further discussions about the preferred site for the construction of a new English Medium School in Haverfordwest.

Further to an officer report which recommended the adoption of the Tasker Milward site as the preferred option, the Council’s Cabinet have resolved to commission further feasibility work on the Sir Thomas Picton School site prior to making a final recommendation to Council.

Addressing Cabinet, Cllr David Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Education said: “I fully understand the context for the report’s recommendation. Having reflected on the narrow criteria that the report was working within, however, I would like further work to be undertaken within a six-month period specifically to explore:

  • The cost and time implications associated with the construction of a road link to the Sir Thomas Picton site from the Scotchwell roundabout.
  • The cost and time implications of the road link crossing a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • The cost and deliverability of a full decant of students from the STP site to the Taskers site during the construction of the new school in the event of the STP site being adopted.

“The proviso for such work to be undertaken, however, must be that it should not imperil the creation of a new school given the timeframes of Band B 21st Century Schools’ funding,” Cllr Lloyd added.

Supporting Cllr Lloyd’s proposal, Cllr Paul Miller, said: “In my view the case for the Tasker Milward site has not yet been made.  We need to ensure that the right site is chosen through this process and while I accept the arguments about costs are valid I don’t think an additional £2m for a new access road, within the context of a £50m new school which will serve the town of Haverfordwest for the next 50 years or more, is a particularly material consideration.”

Cllr Miller added: “We want the best site, to deliver the best school and I look forward to receiving the further information my colleague has quite rightly requested.”

Cllr David Simpson, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, also supported the call for a further investigation of the Sir Thomas Picton site in a unanimous decision by Cabinet Members.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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