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COLSTON’S LEADING THE WAY IN EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

An innovative employability programme launched this year by Colston’s School which prepares students for life in the global economy, has impressed industry professionals from across Bristol at an outstanding project showcase event. The scheme named Future Leaders is the brainchild of Colston’s Deputy Headmaster (Academic) Dr Paul Hill and gives students a head start with preparations for university applications, career choices and of course the employability skills that are in…
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MERCHANTS’ ACADEMY WINS ‘NATIONAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR’

The music department at Merchants’ Academy in Bristol has been declared the best in the country. The Academy took the national title at a glamorous ceremony in London’s Knightsbridge, dubbed the Oscars of the music teaching world. Almost 300 teachers, musicians and VIPs were at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence event, hosted by Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor and attended by celebrities including Julian Lloyd Webber and Fanny Waterman. Merchants’…
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665 – COLSTON’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL RECEIVES HIGHEST NUMBER OF FIRST-CHOICE APPLICATIONS IN BRISTOL

Colston’s Girls’ School has received the highest number of first-choice applications in Bristol. A total of 363 families put the academy in Cheltenham Road as their top preference when applying for Year 7 places for September.  The secondary school also notched up 184 second preferences and 118 third preferences. Most of the 140 girls sent offers on March 1st were selected by random allocation. Applications come from across the greater…
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VETERAN RECEIVES LEGION OF HONOUR – FRANCE’S HIGHEST DECORATION

Second World War veteran John Horlick has received France’s highest honour for his role in the liberation. Mr Horlick, aged 91, is a resident with his wife Doreen, of St Monica Trust’s Cote Lane retirement community in Bristol. The French Government is awarding all surviving British veterans who took part in the liberation of France during World War II, the Ordre National De La Légion D’Honneur. Mr Horlick, a veteran of the 1944…
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COLSTON’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF HISTORY

Clara Guest, aged 12, daughter of local butcher George Guest, was the first girl on the register of Colston’s Girls’ School when it opened its doors on January 18 1891. In the 125 years since, the school has played an important role in educating a great many young women from across Bristol. Alistair Perry, Head of School and Executive Principal for Secondary Sector for the CGS Trust, is the first…
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MERCHANT VENTURERS INCREASE INVOLVEMENT IN BRISTOL SCHOOLS

Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers is putting in place plans to further increase its role in local education. The new strategy will see the organisation, which already oversees the education of more than 3,000 children at nine schools in the city, take over the running of further primary and secondary schools. At the heart of the expansion plan is the creation of the Venturers’ Trust, which is an innovative new…
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PLANNERS BACK NEW DEMENTIA UNIT IN WESTBURY ON TRYM

Plans by the Merchant Venturers to build an eight-bed dementia unit at Katherine House in Westbury-on-Trym have been endorsed by Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee.   Work will begin immediately to construct the £1.4m building adjacent to the existing residential home and will be completed by the Winter.   The new unit will be a single storey building designed to match the contemporary style of Katherine House. It will…
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SHEEP RETURN TO DOWNS AS COMMONERS EXERCISE HISTORIC RIGHT

More than 150 local school children will join with owners of some former farms adjoining the Durdham Down to exercise their historic right as ‘Commoners’ to release livestock to graze on one of Bristol’s most popular leisure areas. On 15 June local school children will watch the release of sheep onto the 122 acres of Durdham Down in order to preserve local grazing rights. They will be joined by representatives…
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UGLY BRISTOL CAR PARK TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO A COMMUNITY GARDEN

Bristol charity, Windmill Hill City Farm has been awarded a grant of £5,000 by the Society of Merchant Venturers to help fund the transformation of a car park into an inspiring new community garden. Formed in 1976 by a volunteer group of local residents, Windmill Hill City Farm is a wonderful attraction for local families that also offers educational, recreational and therapeutic facilities and activities for people with health and…
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MERCHANT VENTURERS ANNOUNCE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD EXECUTIVE

RETIRING TREASURER PRAISED FOR ‘DECADE OF TRANSFORMATION’ Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers has announced that Caroline Duckworth will become the organisation’s Treasurer in November 2015. The Treasurer is the most senior executive position within the organisation – equivalent to the role of Chief Executive in a commercial operation. Caroline has built a strong profile in the region in her current role as Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation, one of…
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