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Analysis Topic: Local Issues

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Local

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sheffield Best Secondary School Clusters for 2018-19 Place Applications / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Firstly the deadline for making online secondary school Year 7 applications is noon 18th October 2018, that's in just 6 days time! Following which is the 31st October paper deadline.

Here is is your definitive answer to the question what are currently Sheffield's best secondary schools based on analysis which ranks the schools in terms of consistency of results, as results can vary from year to year. The graph represents Sheffield's Top 18 secondary schools out of a total of 38 rated in terms of consistency in attaining high rankings in the school league tables from 2001 to 2017 for 5 A-C GCSE's.

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Local

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Unintended Consequences of Expanding Sheffield's Best Ranking State Secondary Schools / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Sheffield's parents and their children have just 9 days left to submit their online secondary school place applications before the 18th October noon deadline, failing which they will have to submit a paper application to be delivered to by the 31st October. So it's better to deal with the submissions now to avoid missing these critical deadlines and thus being subject to ones child being placed in an out of catchment area school. Especially as demand for Sheffield best state schools remains extremely high, with all of the top ranking schools heavily over subscribed.

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Local

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Sheffield Best Secondary School Places 2018 League Tables Analysis / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

It's the time of the year when Sheffield's parents and students will have been busy visiting Sheffield's secondary school open days as they attempt to determine the best schools to apply to in the countdown to the 18th October online noon deadline and 31st October paper deadline for secondary school place applications with offers announced on 1st of March 2019. However, the school league tables can prove misleading as many of Sheffield's 38 or so secondary schools for whatever reason tend to exhibit volatility in performance from year to year. Therefore schools that currently rank high may rank lower in subsequent years i.e. by the time today's Year 7's progress to Year 11 GCSE exams.

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Local

Friday, October 05, 2018

Why Expanding Places at Sheffield's Best Secondary Schools is a Recipe for Disaster / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

It's that time of the year again when Sheffield's parents and students have been busy visiting Sheffield's secondary school open days as they attempt to determine the best school to apply for in the countdown to the 14th October online deadline and 31st October paper deadline. However, the school league tables can prove misleading as many of Sheffield's 38 or so secondary schools for whatever reason tend to exhibit volatility in performance from year to year. Therefore a currently high ranking school may rank lower in subsequent years i.e. by the time today's Year 7's progress to Year 11 exams. Therefore a better methodology in the ranking of schools is to evaluate performance in terms of trend.

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Local

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sheffield Secondary School Place Applications Over Subscription Fraud Crisis / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Despite the construction of several new schools and expansion of many others the crisis in school places continues where one of the primary reasons for which exploded across the mainstream press this week as parents and students of Firvale School went on the rampage as a mass brawl broke out resulting in the deployment of dozens of police officers, a police helicopter and a dog team all to bring the situation back under control as the following video from a popular Sheffield facebook page illustrates.

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Local

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Firvale School Mayhem to Impact on Secondary School Place Applications Across Sheffield / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

On Tuesday of this week there was literally mayhem on the streets of Sheffield, not because of a protest movement or out of control football fans but one of out of control secondary school 'children' running amok, fighting outside a Sheffield secondary school, Firvale Academy on Owler Lane. It took the deployment of over 40 police officers including a dog team and a police helicopter to bring the situation back under control as the following video from a popular Sheffield facebook page illustrates.

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Local

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sheffield School Applications Crisis Eased by New Secondary Schools Places / Local / Educating Children

By: N_Walayat

It looks like the city of Sheffield has finally turned the corner in respect of it's 8 year long self created crisis in school places with the opening of two new secondary schools Astrea in Burngreave and Mercia just south of Netheredge which will especially seek to take the pressure off of schools in the South West of the city Silverdale and High Storrs which have literally been swamped by over subscription, even after doubling the intake.

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Local

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sheffield Best Secondary Schools Rankings and Trend Trajectory for Applications 2018 / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Sheffield's students born between 1/9/2007 and 31/08/2008 will be busy with parents applying for their secondary school places in the count down to the deadline of 31st October 2018 for paper applications and 18th October for online. In preparations for which families will be attending open evenings across Sheffield's secondary schools, where many hope to gain a place at one of Sheffield's top ranked schools, which given the high demand not even in catchment area children are assured a place.

So students and their parents will have been scouring various Sheffield secondary schools performance league tables in making their application choices. However, the league tables can from time to time prove highly misleading as many of Sheffield's 38 or so Secondary schools / Academies for whatever reasons tend to exhibit volatility in performance from year to year. Therefore a currently high ranking school may not mean that the same level of performance will continue in subsequent years as it may have been subject to special measures, therefore a better methodology in the ranking of schools is to evaluate performance in terms of trend.

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Local

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Sheffield City Centre Then and Now - Town 1960 vs 2018 / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Here's Sheffield city centre, or Town as we like to call it, 1960 vs today (2018). How things have changed and continue to change with much work to be down for instance on the hole that once was Castle Market.

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Local

Friday, August 03, 2018

Sheffield Residents Urged to Water Dyring Replacement Tree Saplings in Summer Heat / Local / Sheffield

By: Anika_Walayat

Sheffield City Council's tree felling programme that targets the felling of half (17,500) of Sheffield's street trees to be replaced with small saplings that typically are near 1/200th of the mass of the felled trees, where many of which have been planted at the wrong time of year and many more are now suffering during the summer heat wave having as few as 10% of the leaf cover they should have by now as they are NOT being watered adequately i.e. recommendations are for 20-30 litres of water per day when the actual watering is likely that amount per month (if that) resulting in a sorry state for Sheffield's streets of dying replacement trees as this video illustrates the difference between saplings which are being watered by residents and saplings which are being left for Sheffield City Council's contractor Amey to water and look after which given the state of a large number of replacement trees is just not proving sufficient.

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Local

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Suspended Sentences for Sheffield Tree Protestors - Videos of the Incidents that Triggered the Court Case / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Four Sheffield citizens were in High Court this week for potential committal to prison as the Labour controlled council took the four to court for the parts they played in Sheffield's anti street trees felling protests that have seen more than 20 arrests this year alone which culminated in an halt to tree fellings announced late March in the run up to the May 3rd local elections that continues. At the conclusion of the trial Justice Males verdict was that the case had been proven against three of the campaigners - Simon Crump, Fran Grace and Benoit Compin that they breached the injunction banning direct action against tree fellings, whilst reserving judgement on the fourth person, Paul Brooke.

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Local

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Drama in Sheffield High Court as Labour Council Attempts to Send Tree Protestors to Prison / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Four Sheffield citizens are in court this week for potential committal to prison for the part they played in Sheffield's anti street trees felling protests that have seen more than 20 arrests this year alone which culminated in an halt to tree fellings announced late March in the run up to the May 3rd local elections that saw Labour lose 5 council seats as a consequence of the Labour council and it's contractor May's tree fellings programme. The halt in street tree fellings continues as the protest drama now plays out in the high court in Sheffield this week.

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Local

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sheffield Local Elections 2018 Forecast Results / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

The local elections will be held on May 3rd, 2018 when 1/3rd of Sheffield's city council seats will be up for election, that's 28 out of a total of 84 seats. The current make up of the council has the Labour party on 56 seats resulting in an a commanding majority of 28. Which has allowed the Labour council to basically do whatever they want to do in the city as it is impossible for the 28 opposition councilors to even come close to out voting Labour in the council chamber.

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Local

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abbeydale Park Rise Cherry Tree's in Blossom - Sheffield Street Tree Protests / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

The Cherry Trees of Abbeydale Park Rise are in Blossom to illustrate what thousands of Sheffield's residents have been busy trying to prevent the felling of for several years. Abbeydale Park Rise has been one of the key focal points for Sheffield's anti street tree felling protests, which has been witness to numerous arrests of protestors this year before tree fellings were suspended by the Labour controlled city council in advance of the May 3rd Local Elections.

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Local

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"Get off My Tree!" Sheffield Anti-Tree Felling Protest Ready to March! / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

The "Get Off My Tree!" Sheffield anti-trees felling protest of 7th April 2018 started as a march from Sheffield city hall and around the city centre. Where this video covers the lead up to and into the first few minutes of the march that also apparently includes the arrest of a Police officer for blowing a whistle!

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Local

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Jarvis Cocker Addresses the Crowd at Sheffield City Hall Anti Tree Felling Protest / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker addresses an estimated crowd of 4000 Sheffield anti street tree fellings campaigners at the "Get Off My Tree!" protest at Sheffield City Hall after the campaigners had marched around the city centre on the 7th April 2018.

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Local

Monday, April 02, 2018

Sheffield Tree Fellings Protest - Amey and Acorn Vehicles Slow Marched VR 360 / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Here's what tends to happen at the end of Sheffield's Street Tree fellings, as Amey and Acorn vehicles are are slow marched out of the felling site at Thornsett Road so that they have less chance of resuming fellings elsewhere on that day, with protestors themselves surrounded by Police, encouraged fasten their pace under threat of a Section 303 obstructing the highways charge.

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Local

Monday, March 26, 2018

Sheffield Tree Fellings Protest Virtual Realty VR 360 Experience / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

Sheffield's street fellings may have been suspended due to the forthcoming local elections. However here is about as realistic an experience as one can get without actually being at a Sheffield Street tree felling protest site, in virtual reality 360.

Whilst a VR headset will give you the whole immersed experience of being there, a VR capable browser such as fire fox or chrome will be able to give you a taste of what it's like to be there.

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Local

Monday, March 26, 2018

Labour Sheffield City Council Halts Tree Fellings Ahead of May Local Elections / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

The Labour controlled Sheffield City Council announced a halt to the controversial street trees felling programme today that had seen escalating protestor opposition on the streets of Sheffield against the felling of healthy trees that followed the revelation that half of Sheffield's street trees would be felled during the life time of the 25 year PFI contract with Amey..

Since the resumption of felling a month ago the streets of Sheffield have been witness to very heavy police and security presence at felling sites, with upwards of 30 police officers and 20 Hiviz security all towards enabling felling if a single tree. Which has galvanised the people of Sheffield to come out and protest in their hundreds each day against the felling of healthy street trees that tends to result in multiple arrests at each felling site on a daily basis.

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Local

Sunday, March 25, 2018

SY Police Hunting and Arresting Bunnies at Sheffield Street Tree Felling Protests / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

March has witnessed a further escalation in the aggressive policing of Sheffield's street tree felling protests with multiple arrests taking place each day. In this video of events on Thornsett Road the Police hunt down and arrest a Bunny which is a protestor who attempts to prevent a felling by getting close to a cordoned off street tree. However this arrest is controversial as the protestor may have had permission to be in the neighbouring garden to the tree as the video illustrates.

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