Over the last few days I have been thinking about Poole’s exciting future and the role our children and young people will play in helping to shape and influence the town in the years ahead. It is also important to remember the past and Poole has a proud and rich heritage that needs to be preserved for the future.
My latest blog reflects on these thoughts and the important work being carried out in these areas across the borough.
It seems a long time since the preliminary school results were published last summer, but we now have the final confirmed results for all key stages. I would like to congratulate our children and young people and all those involved in their education in achieving such a significant improvement in performance.
Our results have improved across all key stages but we cannot rest on our laurels as there is still more we can do. 100% of our early years providers are currently judged good or outstanding by Ofsted. Our early years, key stage 1 and key stage 4 overall results were all well above the national average, with Poole being ranked 10th out of 152 authorities nationally for key stage 1 phonics and 12th nationally for key stage 4 attainment.
At key stage 2 the percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard has increased but not as much as schools nationally. It is really good to see the improvements being made in most areas, but we will continue to make progress between key stage 1 and key stage 2 a priority area.
We are also beginning to see exciting developments take place on Poole Quay, where Poole Museum Service are working hard to ensure that Poole’s fantastic past is preserved for future generations.
The Our Museum project has been launched by Poole Museum Service and looks to restore and open up Poole Museum’s historic buildings.
Oakley Mill (where Poole Museum is currently located), Scaplen’s Court, the Town Cellars and Sea Music are all part of the Poole Museum Estate.
Both the Town Cellars and Scaplen’s Court are Grade 1 listed buildings and scheduled as ancient monuments, with the Town Cellars (also known as King’s Hall) being the only remaining building of its type in Northern Europe!
The Our Museum project proposes that all of these extraordinary buildings should be restored and opened, so that the public are able to visit everyday. Not only would this ensure that all residents and visitors of Poole would have the opportunity to enjoy Poole’s fantastic maritime heritage, the additional space would give Poole Museum Service the opportunity to exhibit more of our historic artefacts and relieve the pressure on the existing museum space.
We are just at the start of this journey, which is going to take a couple of years and a lot of hard work to complete, but nonetheless, it is going to be a very exciting journey indeed.
Thanks for reading.