Welcome to April’s newsletter. Chiswickschools is very proud to launch its new forum which we hope many will come to view and even review it. April has also been a very good month for Hounslow Council who have announced two very good pieces of news. Extra funding from the Government has secured more school places for reception children this September with three out of the twenty schools in Chiswick. The 2012 admission results have left many parents relieved as 83% got into their first choice school.

Ruth Wison, our local nutrionalist is hopeful the weather will improve and we can finally get our children out
and about and eating al fresco.

More funding means more places at three local Chiswick schools
Hounslow council has just announced they will receive an extra £16.7 million from the Government after submitting data to show increasing demand for school places in the borough. Approx 600 children will benefit as they are offered a place across twenty schools within the area, when they open an extra reception class p/school this September. Read more...

2012 Admission results
Despite statistics showing that many didn’t get into their preferred school across the country, Hounslow council proudly offered every one of their 3482 children one of their six choices (up from 3117 in 2011) with more than 94% getting into their top three schools. A staggering 83% of children were offered their first choice, a further 7.64% second choice and 3.39%, third choice – well above the average for London. Read more...

NCT nearly new sale
Spring is the perfect time of year to throw out the old and bring in the new. Well nearly new! Why not head down to the Chiswick Town Hall to the NCT Nearly New Sale to pick up some bargains. They are selling anything from children’s clothing to baby toys to nursery must haves. If that isn’t tempting enough everyone attending will receive a Goody Bags filled with local offers and information.

Chiswick Town Hall, Saturday 19th May 10am – 12 noon

Latest national news

Welfare reforms threaten access to free school meals
- Government plans to simplify the welfare system next year may mean thousands of England’s poorest children losing their entitlement to free school meals, according to research reported by the BBC and the Guardian.

Jamie Oliver attacks Michael Gove on school meal policy for academies - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has launched a scathing attack on Michael Gove’s flagship academy programme, accusing academy schools of lowering nutrition levels among pupils and profiteering from junk food vending machines. Coverage from the BBC, the Independent, and the Evening Standard.

Drinking water improves exam grades, according to research by the BBC.

Two-thirds of parents have witnessed bullying and intimidation on the school sports fields, BBC survey finds.


The weather may be changeable but the evenings are definitely lighter and children are outside much more. Longer days out are back on the menu and I thought it might be worth thinking about those snacks and drinks we take on our days out, to the park, to picnics and after school. What children eat can have a very quick and dramatic effect on their behaviour and stamina. Sugary snacks will provide an immediate high, but as blood sugar drops, it can bring on tiredness and irritability. The key to avoiding these dips is to add protein to your snacks. If you are providing fruit, maybe have a squeezy yoghurt, or some nuts and seeds or a carton of milk to hand. It’s OK if the quantities are small, but if your child can eat the same amount of carbohydrate as protein, it will balance their sugar levels out to provide slow releasing and consistent energy.

For personal nutrition advice, please contact Ruth Wilson -

Art and Culture

An awe-inspiring line up on Joasia’s show starting with the talented Mags who has been selected to perform
for the Regional Final of Live and Unsigned X Factor Style for Singers/Songwriters.

Micky Forster, Supporter Fundraiser @ Registered Charity Bowel & Cancer Research gives vital & invaluable advice.

Finally The Remarkable Mayor of Richmond, Clare Head talks about how she became Mayor, what happens in her Ward, her favourite chosen Charity: Citizens Advice Bureau. Reflections on Friends of Radnor and The Desecration of the Cenotaph, The UK Queen Art Competition and her exciting Functions & Fundraising events.

Listen to interview - Click on Radio and scroll down to 15th February.

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