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Parents invited to enrol children into schools

Enrolment week will take place between 17th and 21st November. Credit: PA

Parents in the Scottish Borders are being invited to enrol their children into local childcare and schools.

Enrolment week will take place between 17th and 21st November.

Parents are encouraged, by Scottish Borders Council, to visit their local catchment school during enrolment week and enrol for primary one, for children born between March 2010 and February 2011.

Three and four-year-olds, born between 1st March 2011 and 28th February 2013, can be enrolled into early learning and childcare settings of the parent's choice.

Children don't need to start school until the August after their fifth birthday. Parents or carers can opt to defer entry to a school where the child’s fifth birthday falls between 1st September 2015 and 28th February 2016.

Under the new statutory guidance for Early Learning and Childcare, only children who will be five between 1st January 2016 and 29th February 2016 are entitled to a further funded year in early learning and childcare. All other children are not entitled to further funded early learning and childcare.

Future discussed of school with no pupils

A public meeting will be held this afternoon to discuss the future of a Cumbrian school that no longer has any pupils.

Ravenstonedale School near Kirkby Stephen lost its last two children earlier this term. The school received a poor Ofsted report earlier in the year. The County Council says until the consultation has been completed the staff will continue to work at the school.


Double success for Sellafield sisters

The Kelly sisters are celebrating their successes in the nuclear industry. Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A Sellafield technician is celebrating winning 'best technician' just days after her sister won an 'Apprentice of the Year' award.

Lynsay, 22 from Whitehaven, was nominated by her employers for the Jack Edwards Prize for demonstrating outstanding performance for her role as a control systems engineer. The prize is awarded to the best technician in the nuclear industry and is in its tenth year.

It comes after her sister, 23-year-old Stephanie Kelly who is a trainee at Sellafield Ltd, won 'Apprentice of the Year' at this year's Golden Apple Awards.

Their achievements are a source of pride for father Alan Kelly, who also works at the Sellafield site:

“Both myself and my wife began our careers as apprentices at Sellafield in the early eighties, so when our daughters were offered advanced apprenticeships with Sellafield Ltd we were delighted and have encouraged them throughout their training.

We are very proud of their achievements in such early stages of their career, they have both committed themselves to do the best they can in their job and also work hard at their assignments and exams. We couldn’t ask for more than this as parents."

– Alan Kelly, father
Stephanie (left) and Lynsay are active ambassadors for women in engineering Credit: Sellafield Ltd

Safety training for children

Would you know how to react if your friend collapsed from too much drink or if a fire broke out in you living room? Those are just some of the scenarios children have been taught how to deal with at a safety event in the Scottish Borders.

Primary seven pupils from the region have also been learning about water safety, farm safety and ahead of the re-introduction of the Borders Railway, rail safety.

Jenny Longden reports.

Safety scenarios for Border pupils

Children in the Scottish Borders have been learning important safety messages during life-like scenarios.

The Crucial Crew event has been teaching more than a thousand children about fire, rail and water safety among other key messages. It's hoped that by acting out dangerous situations, children will remember the best way to respond.

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