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ROUND UP: Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted; Former firefighter awarded MBE; More than 100 companies attend Build Surrey event

Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted 

A Surrey County Council service providing education for adults, including those with disabilities and learning difficulties, is performing well, according to Ofsted.

The authority’s adult learning service was judged to be ‘good’ following an inspection last month.

Ofsted said “learners make good progress on all courses”, praised staff who “go out of their way” to provide the support needed and highlighted strong management and leadership.

Linda Kemeny, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “I would like to congratulate our staff and all our learners for their part in achieving such a good result. However, we won’t rest on our laurels and we’ll use this as a springboard for making further improvements.”

The report can be read in full here. The service was also rated ‘good’ in 2010.


Former firefighter awarded MBE

A former Surrey firefighter who served his community for 20 years has been appointed an MBE in the the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

John Kempton was recognised for his contribution to Oxted as a Surrey Fire and Rescue Service firefighter, first aider and a school governor.

He now represents the fire service as a ceremonial standard bearer at events in the UK and abroad, including award ceremonies, commemorations and service funerals.

Mr Kempton served as a first aider and instructor for the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance and also spent 27 years as a foundation governor at St Mary’s Church of England Junior School in the town.

In 2005, Mr Kempton joined the Oxted District Community Responders, who provide an emergency response to medical calls in the area and have helped to install eight public access defibrillators in Tandridge.


IN PICTURES: More than 100 companies attend Build Surrey event

More than 100 companies attended a Build Surrey networking event at Kempton Park racecourse.

It brought together consultants, contractors, clients and suppliers and gave them the chance to build new contacts and share experiences.

Nearly 50 organisations – including Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kier, Willmott Dixon, E W Beard Ltd and CoTrain – had stands at the event.

Online initiative Build Surrey, which helps local firms bid for and tender work, was launched in 2013 and has helped businesses win more than £70 million worth of deals.

For more information about future networking events contact [email protected].

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