One of my many duties is to chair our Cabinet meetings. A key agenda item at last nights meeting was to review the end of year performance report, which highlights the Council’s performance in delivering its priorities. I’m delighted to say that our Council continues to make good progress fulfilling this.
My Cabinet colleagues presented significant findings within their portfolio areas. This information allows us to review any areas that may require improvement and focus where we need to prioritise our resources looking ahead.
One of our top priorities as a Council is to ensure all children and young people have the chance to achieve their full potential. So I’m really pleased to see there has been continued improvement at Key Stage 2. I was also delighted to see Ofsted inspectors have judged 100% of Poole’s early years childcare groups and childminders to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. This is all very positive news and shows the hard work and dedication to achieve this has certainly paid off. A couple of other key points to mention are the significant increase in the numbers of children leaving care through adoption and above national numbers of 16-18 year olds in education, employment and training. It is great to have this opportunity to share all the good things we are doing.
In my last blog, I focused on the outcomes of our Poole Residents’ Survey. A key finding from this survey was that Poole’s beaches and parks and open spaces topped residents’ satisfaction list. I believe these are amongst Poole’s greatest assets. This is clearly reflected in our annual performance report which highlights how we have retained blue flag status for four of our beaches. At the same time Upton Country Park, Poole Park and Hamworthy Park have kept their prestigious green flag awards this year. This is an outstanding achievement.
With all these outcomes from the performance report taken into consideration, we will continue to make progress and move forward in a positive and sustainable way.
Thanks for reading.