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Oakfield Junior School in Fetcham


Lots of compliment has been given to a junior school located in Fetcham. This comes after the school got awarded a good ranking from Ofsted. Oakfield primary school continued to set a positive record that matched that of the previous inspection conducted in December 2012.

Done on Tuesday, January 24, the inspection came a year following the inauguration of Debrah Willemse as the Bell Lane school head teacher. Debrah Willemse took over responsibility from Robert Hart – the former head teacher who led the school out of special measures back in 2010.

“The school is a positive influence from the fact that it’s one of the only two schools in the locality. What’s more, the teachers and staff are fit for the job, with the parents association being complimented for its tremendous support. The school looks and feels more like a group of friends, something that’s very admirable”

The report took note of some recent restructuring in the leadership team – an alteration that aimed to focus more on making improvement and upgrading the quality of teaching and learning in the school.

It’s a two form entry school (7-11 years and 3-6 years) that has a population of around 260 pupils, which excludes 16 in the Learning Difficulties Centre. The inspection took into account 72 parents responses derived from an online questionnaire and a further 19 responses gotten from teachers. Visits were made to each class not to mention meeting with the counsel of leaders and governors.

Inspector Lee Selby commented: “The school has an excellent cross-curricular approach to writing. School work is based on many different texts that are both interesting and challenging. And since they know what is required of them, pupils are making a good progress. Furthermore, the school’s interesting trips and extra-curricular clubs were commented for their spiritual, cultural and social development of the pupils.”

However, the inspector noted some areas that needed improvement. Teaching was not always that effective with pupils lacking a clear guidance on knowledge and skill improvement, something that makes them less engaged.

The M25, many a waste hour passed by there


The maligned M25, made infamous by the song “Road To Hell’, is in the news again, specifically around Junction 10, between Wisley and Cobham in Surrey. Traffic congestion has been a problem at this junction because of London commuter traffic, plus a load of vehicles using the A3 interchange and routes to the South coast. The gridlock created is recognised by the M25 operator, Highways England, as a top priority for a project to ease congestion. The site does have the highest rate of a vehicle collision in England after all.
A preliminary study completed by Highways England has presented two options for consideration by concerned groups and the public. The first option is a flyover system requiring 8 hectares, its’ aim to completely separate the different traffic streams. Option two, requiring 17 hectares, is to increase the number of lanes and extent of the current roundabout interchange, hence giving the traffic streams more room. The consideration period will last several months until one option is chosen towards the end of 2017. In-depth, planning would then proceed with construction taking place from 2020 until the new system is opened in 2022.
Highways England acknowledged the environmental sensitivity of the area in terms of flora, fauna and wildlife. A spokesperson stressed the consultations made with the landowners, Surrey County Council, and the Surrey Wildlife Trust who manage the land on the council’s behalf. Their efforts have been aimed at minimising the areas of private land which will be required and maximising the areas of undisturbed land, by grouping together small patches of access or common land. The 2 designs being considered both utilise land made available with that approach.
Also involved have been the Royal Horticultural Society who have one of their 4 properties in Wisley, almost adjacent to the junction. This famous exhibition garden, along with the academic and research centre, will not be directly impacted by the project. Traffic flow in and around the facility will be changed, however. The RHS spokesperson had no comment as yet.

Health advice for winter days


Along with the beauty, frost and snow winter brings a lot of unpleasant diseases. How to protect yourself from them, you need to know how to stay healthy. ENT Surrey gives you a few helpful tips.

1. Warm clothing. According to statistics, up to 30% of our body heat is lost due to lack of warmth and properly selected clothing. To avoid diseases, first of all, you need to wear a hat, it is especially necessary while the cold winds and frost. For reliable protection make sure that your warm clothes made of natural materials, creating the optimum heat transfer, because in a case of overheating sick very easily. For quality protection, it is important to keep in the warmth of wrists and neck. And for this, you need to wear gloves and scarves.

2. Hand hygiene. Everyone knows that the majority of viruses are transmitted through dirty hands, for example, by shaking hands. The most dangerous thing is that virus can pass to you without even tactile contact; you can just touch an object which was touched by an infected person. To protect yourself best you should wash your hands before eating and after the usage of public transport.

3. Stress reduces immunity. Prolonged stress, depression, constant negative emotions contribute to a decrease in immunity. It is important to strengthen the nervous system, to conduct an active and interesting life in order to maintain good spirit.

4. Proper nutrition. First of all the food during winter time should be rich in antioxidants. These products are fresh or frozen berries and vegetables, fruits and herbs. On a day to maintain the protective properties of the body you need to eat 7 different fruits and vegetables, and foods should be fresh.

5. Physical health. Strengthening body and exercising are also possible methods to significantly strengthen the immune system and minimize the possibility of disease. To do this you need regularly do exercises or have a walk in morning or in evening. You can also try hardening. Take care of yourself!

Surrey Hills 2016 CowParade


In 2016, decorated animals will be an important part of the famous Surrey Hills CowParade. As part of the parade, they will be a common sight in the country. On Sunday, 8th November, 2015, a couple of jockeys started off the Surrey Hills CowParade. The initiative was launched at the famous Sandown Park Racecourse. National Hunt jockeys Sam Twiston-Davies and Richard Johnson unveiled a beautiful chrome-painted cow to set off this charity event at the racecourse’s (Esher) inaugural Countryside Day.
Next year, this metallic cow will be seen across Surrey. It is just one of the several hundreds of bright-colored models at the biggest public arts event in the world. The leader of the event, Tim Metson, said this exceptional chrome cow has been painted by experienced metal work specialists working at Spray Chrome UK. The model aims to reflect the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills.

Details of the Event

With this event, organisers aim to encourage celebrities, schoolchildren, women, sportsmen, charities and businesses to take part in the huge fundraising event for several good causes. In addition to this, the organisers also aim to promote business and tourism in Surrey Hills. According to Tim Metson, the event has already been able to secure offers of support from various important players, including Surrey business organisations, schools and the National Trust.

Tim Metson also reported that the event will be powered by Surrey Hills Enterprises and Coverwood Lakes & Farm Enterprises. The event has support from the Surrey County Council and the Surrey Community Foundation. Sandown Park is planning to donate the funds raised from the event to the Injured Jockey Fund. The foundation aims to host several CowParade events next year.

During the Sunday launch, thousands of people were in attendance. The launch of the event was powered by the Surrey branch, Royal British Legion. A Poppy Appeal cow had already been created. After cows have been decorated by schools, companies and individuals, they will appear around popular landmarks, farms and hills in Surrey. They will be auctioned off at the much-awaited Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival in 2016. Some models will be saved for a ceremony in London.

It’s worth mentioning that cow owners have been allowed to choose their own charities. All the proceeds will split between the charities and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The latter supports community schemes and projects that benefit the area’s landscape and natural beauty. CowParade organisers are keen to get numerous schools involved. They will also provide a calf for decoration to get the schools started.

Once again, hundreds of bright-colored cows are set to catch your eye on the farms, hills, schools, towns and popular landmarks in Surrey next year. Reputed artist, Alexander Creswell, has even agreed to be patron at the event. The world’s biggest public art event has already been in the news. It has been designed to focus all the attention on the beloved and beautiful Surrey Hills. In 2016, CowParade aims to receive support from community groups and celebrities to raise a good amount of money for wellbeing and health projects.

As mentioned earlier, the event was official launched on 8th November, 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher on Countryside Day. The foundation for CowParade is that companies, schools and individuals will sponsor a full-size cow, and either call an artist to decorate it or do it themselves. Once the cows have been decorated, they will be displayed across the country. In the end, they will be auctioned off at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival.

The organisers have been really enthusiastic about the event. Thus, they have come up with an app, which allows you to track the location of the cows. Cow owners can choose from a wide range of charities to donate the proceeds, which will also be given to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. It’s a charity founded to preserve the natural beauty and landscape of Surrey Hills.

CowParade was first organised in 1998 in Switzerland. Since then, it has been organised in over 80 towns and cities around the world. More than 3,000 cows have been beautifully decorated by over 5,000 artists. John Rocha created the highest grossing cow in 2003 in Dublin. It was auctioned off for $146,000. Hopefully, next year’s event will get some good bids too.