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A TRIB­UTE To Year 6 Pupils

And so we ar­rive, once again, at SATs time. And this year is the fi­nal year in the cur­rent for­mat and the last time to be re­ported in lev­els.

So, all this week the year 6 pupils through­out Bolling­ton, Macclesfield, Cheshire East and the rest of the coun­try will be tak­ing the tests in Read­ing and Spell­ing, Punc­tu­a­tion and Gram­mar and Maths.

Writ­ing is teacher as­sessed in schools.

And, even though at this point in their lives, SATs are im­por­tant, we re­mind our chil­dren that SATs aren’t ev­ery­thing.

That the peo­ple who set the tests and mark the tests don’t know the chil­dren like we do.

They don’t know that they have been great bud­dies and role mod­els to the Re­cep­tion chil­dren in their first year help­ing them feel safe, se­cure and set­tled in a new school en­vi­ron­ment, they don’t know that they have been great am­bas­sadors for their re­spec­tive schools in terms of rep­re­sent­ing their schools in sport, mu­sic, trips, vis­its and school pro­duc­tions/ per­for­mances, demon­strat­ing their ‘other’ knowl­edge, un­der­stand­ing, skills, tal­ents, gifts and abil­i­ties… that SATs sim­ply do not mea­sure or take ac­count of.

They don’t know that th­ese chil­dren have par­tic­i­pated in count­less events for fundrais­ing for chil­dren’s char­i­ties and other causes dur­ing their past 7 years in school, col­lec­tively rais­ing colos­sal sums of money for dis­ad­van­taged peo­ples and com­mu­ni­ties far away and much closer to home in or­der to im­prove the life chances of oth­ers’ lives and that they make a tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion to mak­ing our so­ci­ety a fairer, more just, tol­er­ant and happy place.

They do not know that some of the chil­dren have had to over­come per­sonal dif­fi­cul­ties and bar­ri­ers at times dur­ing their young lives and have shown grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion, re­silience and per­se­ver­ance to suc­ceed and even ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions.

We also know that the over­whelm­ing/vast ma­jor­ity of th­ese Year 6 chil­dren demon­strate mu­tual re­spect for one an­other that they are kind, car­ing, sup­port­ive, con­sid­er­ate and com­pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als who in­spire and brighten up our daily lives as they laugh, sing, dance, play [and learn] their way through school.

So, to all the Year 6 pupils, ir­re­spec­tive of the out­comes of th­ese as­sess­ments, we think you are amaz­ing in­di­vid­u­als and re­mem­ber… those who set and mark the tests don’t know you like we do. John Da­ley Head teacher St. Gre­gory’s Catholic Pri­mary School


IN the state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing our coun­cil tax bill, East Cheshire proudly head­lined the £15.3m they are spend­ing on a new ‘Life­style Cen­tre’ for Crewe.

Yet we in Ket­tleshulme, can­not even get them to change a street lamp bulb. It is fun­da­men­tally un­fair that we must sub­sidise de­vel­op­ments across East Cheshire and yet have our own ser­vices re­duced.

Street light­ing is but one area of re­duc­tion, road re­pairs an­other, and a con­sis­tent re­fusal to en­force the speed limit in our vil­lage yet an­other.

At least in the days be­fore East Cheshire, we got our light­ing main­tained and roads re­paired and only had to sub­sidise the area around Macclesfield. Now we have to sub­sidise half of Cheshire. Lo­cal democ­racy has be­come a farce. Jon Ti­mothy Macclesfield Road Ket­tleshulme


WE would like to of­fer our sin­cere thanks to the vot­ers of the Macclesfield West & Ivy ward for elect­ing us last Thurs­day to rep­re­sent them on Cheshire East Bor­ough Coun­cil.

We are hon­oured to be en­trusted with this re­spon­si­bil­ity and prom­ise to work hard on be­half of ALL res­i­dents of the ward over the next four years, re­gard­less of how they cast their votes on May 7. Alift Hare­wood and Nick Man­nion Cheshire East coun­cil­lors, Macclesfield West & Ivy Ward


IT’S a great priv­i­lege to have been re-elected to Cheshire East Coun­cil and elected to the new Town Coun­cil to rep­re­sent the res­i­dents of Cen­tral Ward Macclesfield.

I will con­tinue to work hard for the peo­ple of Macclesfield and speak up for our com­mu­nity.

A big thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported and voted for me. Also much thanks to the lo­cal Labour party mem­bers who cam­paigned so vig­or­ously to re­turn a num­ber of Labour coun­cil­lors to Macclesfield.

We’re now look­ing for­ward to get­ting our new Town Coun­cil off to a fly­ing start. Janet Jack­son, Labour coun­cil­lor for Cen­tral Ward, Macclesfield


I HAVE been priv­i­leged enough to have been elected onto the newly formed Macclesfield town coun­cil and I fully ex­pect the Macclesfield Ex­press to write an ar­ti­cle on the lo­cal elec­tions.

I would like to say how fan­tas­tic all of the coun­cil staff and vote coun­ters were. It cer­tainly was a long three days for every­body but the big­gest toll taken would cer­tainly have been on the san­ity of the vote ver­i­fiers and coun­ters who bat­tled through the par­lia­men­tary, bor­ough and town/parish bal­lot pa­pers.

It was not an easy task and my eyes were glaz­ing over just hav­ing to watch the count!

They had such an im­por­tant task and gave it their un­di­vided at­ten­tion through­out the whole three days. Fri­day’s bor­ough count lasted nearly nine hours, with Satur­day’s not far off that too!

We must also not for­get the polling day staff who eas­ily worked at least a 15 hour day on the Thurs­day! Adam Schofield West and Ivy ward I WOULD like to thank all the peo­ple of Bolling­ton for al­low­ing me to serve as your lo­cal coun­cil­lor for the last four years. It has been a priv­i­lege.

I know I wasn’t re­elected but tried my best to sell my­self (as an out­sider!!) to prove I could on be­half of Cheshire East Coun­cil look af­ter Bolling­ton.

May I wish Coun­cil­lor Jon We­ston and Coun­cil­lor Amanda Stott all the best for the fu­ture, look­ing af­ter a won­der­ful vi­brant com­mu­nity with lots al­ways go­ing on. Bill Livesley Macclesfield

●● This week Becky Sid­well, from Macclesfield, sent us a pic­ture of her A-level course­work to share. Email your pic­tures to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­ or upload your pho­tos to­cpics. We’ll print the best ones

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