Sutton Community Fund grants news….

Eleven local groups will share over £45,000 from the latest round of Sutton Community Fund grants to help them provide services and activities for residents of Sutton into 2017 and beyond.

The Community Fund programme, financed by Sutton Council and administered by the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (Sutton CVS), supports projects that benefit Sutton residents, meet local priorities and help build community and developmental assets in the borough.

The list of fund recipients for 2017 is as follows:

Surrey Youth Focus £5000

Knots Art £4595

RACE £1680

Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton £2662

Riverside Community Association £1975

Riverside Community Association £5650

Sutton Mencap £5467

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church £3200

Gary Mason Charity £3000

In Unity Ltd £5000

St Teresa’s Church £5000

Together We Create £3600

A full list of the awards and how they will be used is below.

David Hobday, CEO of Sutton Mencap, said:

“We would like to thank the Sutton Community Fund for its award of a grant to Sutton Mencap. This funding will enable us to continue to offer our very popular Breakaways service, which provides weekend activities for adults with a learning disability, whilst giving parents and family members a break from their caring responsibilities.

Having a local grants fund which understands the needs of local communities makes a huge difference for organisations like ours and the people we support. We are very grateful to Sutton Council for their support through the Sutton Community Fund.”

Hazel East, Session Leader at Knots Art, said:

“A grant from the Sutton Community Fund means that we can continue to provide fun and exciting sessions for girls with autism and social communication difficulties living in and around Sutton. For many girls that attend this is their only social interaction each week and it is vital that they have a safe space in which they can make friends with others who understand the difficulties that they face. We are hugely grateful for the support.”

Cllr Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council and Lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector, said:

“We want to congratulate the local organisations that have been successful in their applications. There is a strong voluntary sector in Sutton and this funding will go towards securing the future of these local organisations and supporting them to deliver their invaluable work in our community.

“We’ll be working closely with our partners across the voluntary sector as we strive to deliver brilliant and cost-effective services for Sutton residents in the years to come. The Community Fund grants will help them to prepare for this challenge.”

Applications for Sutton Community Fund grants of between £300 and £1000 from the next round of funding are open until Monday 3 April 2017. You can find out more on the Sutton CVS website here, and Sutton CVS will be happy to answer questions you may have or offer assistance completing the application form.

Notes to editors

The Community Fund awarded the following seven applications full grant funding:

1. Focus Surrey
Charity number: N/A Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £5,000

This project will help children with ASD improve their communication, social and play skills, provide a friendly, inclusive and sociable environment for parents/ carers and siblings and provide training for tutors and young volunteers.

2. Knots Art 
Charity number: N/A Company number: 8631074

Amount allocated: £4,590

Funding will support weekly social activity sessions specifically for girls with autism or social communication difficulties. Art, drama and games activities are tailored to support social interaction. They will also work closely with parents to find ways to explore issues relevant to the group.

3. RACE 
Charity number: XT36173 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £1,680

Funding allocated to support the sustainability of ongoing group exercise within the community for up to 12 people with cardiovascular disease.

4. Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton 
Charity number: 11050500 Company number: 08026961

Amount allocated: £2,662

Improving systems to allow more time giving advice to clients, reducing waiting times for clients and to improve monitoring of service performance.
5. Riverside Community Association Limited
Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270

Amount allocated: £1,975

Funding allocated to help achieve the PQASSO quality standard Level 1, which will help the organisation run more effectively and efficiently.

6. Riverside Community Association Limited

Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270

Amount allocated: £5,650

Funding will help them achieve the London Youth Quality Mark, Bronze Level: a leading quality standard for organisations working with young people in the voluntary sector. Organisations working in partnership under this bid include: My Time for Young Carers, The Springboard Project, In Unity UK and the Riverside Community Association.

7. Sutton Mencap

Charity number: 1080514 Company number: 03915936

Amount allocated: £5,467

Funding allocated to continue the Breakaways in-house service for a year. The service consists of alternate Friday night and Saturday day time groups for mainly younger adults with a learning disability. This bid aims to improve mental health and wellbeing through tackling social isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing for carers and help people with a learning disability play a greater part in community life.
The Community Fund awarded the following five applications partial grant funding:
1. Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church

Charity number: 1130318 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £3,200

Funding allocated towards providing a ramp for disabled access.

2. Gary Mason Rhythmical Charitable Foundation

Charity number: 1140518 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £3,300

Funding allocated towards the costs of hand drumming therapy session facilitation.

3. In Unity Ltd

Charity number: N/A Company number: 07808693

Amount allocated: £5,000

Funding allocated to support the delivery of a youth project held at the Phoenix Centre

4. St Teresa’s Church
Charity number: 235468 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: Up to £5,000

Funding allocated to develop an older people’s project aimed at alleviating isolation, increasing intergenerational work and improving life skills.

5. Together We Create

Charity number: 1140617 Company number: N/A

Amount allocated: £3,600

Funding allocated to help reduce anti-social behaviour, unite the Hamptons Community and improve parental engagement and support the development of family boundaries, so as to ensure that there is a long-term change in the area.

Sutton GCSE students celebrate another year of outstanding results


Sutton Council is congratulating pupils, staff and governors in schools across the borough as their GCSE results on their outstanding GCSE results.

This year 83.7 per cent of pupils across Sutton achieved five or more GCSEs. This is up slightly from 2015, when the figure was 83.5 per cent.

The proportion of Sutton students scoring five or more A*-C grades including Maths and English is 79.0 per cent.

Amongst the standout results were Carshalton Girls, Greenshaw, John Fisher, Nonsuch Girls, Overton Grange, St Philomena’s, and Wallington Girls, all of which saw an increase in those achieving five A*-C including English and Maths.

Stanley Park High celebrated its best set of GCSE results to date, with 67 per cent of students achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, and 62 per cent securing A*-C in both Maths and English. Fifteen per cent of students achieved A*/A grades, an increase on the previous year, while 13 per cent achieved at least 5 A*/As, double the 2015 percentage.

Nonsuch, Sutton Grammar, Wallington Girls and Wilsons had a 100 per cent pass rate, with all students receiving A-C in English and Maths.

Wendy Mathys, Chair of the Children, Families and Education Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Once again the GCSE results achieved by the young people in Sutton’s schools are outstanding. I want to congratulate all of the students on their excellent results and to thank all of our schoolteachers and the school governing bodies for all of their hard work. Results day is a big occasion in our young people’s lives and I hope they will build on their success, whether in an apprenticeship or further academic studies.”

Sutton students celebrate their tremendous A-Level achievement

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Sutton Council is congratulating pupils and staff in schools across the borough as they celebrate this year’s outstanding A-level results.

Sutton schools have maintained their high performance in the examinations, with results consistently above the UK average.

The proportion of students across the borough achieving the highest A-level A* and B grades is 65.5 per cent.

The percentage of students achieving an A-level pass grade (A* to E) has dropped slightly to 99.3 per cent from 99.4 (2015 figure) per cent last year. This is above the UK average as, across all UK students, the proportion achieving A* to E is 98.1 per cent.

Cllr Arthur Hookway, Vice Chair of the Children, Family and Education Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton strives to help all of our young people realise their potential and once more they have achieved some of the best A-level results in the country. This year’s A-level students have succeeded thanks to the dedicated support from the excellent teachers, school governing bodies and support staff in our schools, and of course from their parents and carers. The main credit, however, must go to the students themselves for attaining such high grades. I’m delighted to see the hard work of so many people pay off.”

Please note that the figures below are provisional figures and may be subject to change.

Across all UK students, the proportions achieving A-level grades in summer 2016 are as follows:

The proportion achieving A* has dropped 0.5 per cent from 2015, to 8.1 per cent.

The proportion achieving A* and A is down 0.1 per cent from 2015, to 25.8 per cent.

The proportion achieving A* to E remains the same as 2015 at 98.1 per cent.

Borough pupil uses Sutton residents to save energy and save the planet


Amaasha Silva, winner of the EcoLocal poster contest, shows her winning design to Mayor Richard Clifton and Tansy Honey of EcoLocal.

A poster designed by Sutton school pupil Amaasha Silva is to be used to promote energy conservation across the borough.

Amaasha, age 11, a Year 6 pupil at Stanley Park Junior School, was the overall winner of an art competition that saw entries from 264 pupils from across 10 Sutton borough schools.

The competition was organised by EcoLocal, a local charity, as part of a school energy project commissioned by Sutton Council in line with its One Planet Sutton aspiration to improve the quality of life of residents in a way that reduces our impact on the environment.

Last winter EcoLocal visited 10 borough schools to deliver assemblies and lessons about saving energy at school and at home. The schools were also advised on energy management to save energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and saved an average 7 per cent of energy through behaviour change alone.

The students took home an activity book that enabled them to carry out an energy audit of their home to see where they were wasting energy and record a week of energy-saving activities. The activity book also included a Home Energy Poster Competition.

A total of 264 borough pupils returned the activity book and entered the competition to design a poster to promote saving energy.

Amaasha_posterewinAmaasha’s winning poster design.

Amaasha Silva was the overall winner from across the 10 schools and has won an energy-saving kit for her home. She received her award from the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Richard Clifton during a school assembly on Friday 15 July.

The Mayor said afterwards:

“I was delighted to present this award to Amaasha as her poster gets conveys the ecological message in a clear and direct manner. In Sutton we all have to play our part and do our bit in saving the planet. This poster will remind all borough residents and businesses of the part they have to play.”

Tansy Honey, of EcoLocal, said:

“It was great that so many Sutton students got involved in saving energy at home through this project. We hope Amaasha’s brilliant poster will help encourage more people to save money and cut carbon dioxide. Amassha’s poster was chosen as the winner because it is well designed and drawn, has the simple and clear message of ‘Save Our Planet’, and demonstrates that she had learned that saving energy will save money at home and help the planet by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.”

Amaasha’s poster will be displayed across the borough in libraries and on noticeboards later this year.

One Planet Sutton is a vision for the borough where people lead happy, healthy lives with a fair share of the Earth’s resources. Sutton Council has committed to becoming a One Planet Borough by 2025. The council is working in partnership with a wide range of local voluntary and community groups to deliver this vision under the themes of cutting carbon emissions, cutting waste, valuing our natural environment, supporting healthy communities and supporting the local economy. Find out more about the One Planet Sutton initiative here.

A Vision for Young Londoners

Dear Cllr Hamish Pollock,

We are writing with a quick update with our Vision for Young Londoners, a vision statement that involves a cross-sector alliance setting out a unified strategy and set of values to help deliver a brighter future for London’s young people.

In the past two months we have:

  • Increased supporting organisations to over 87, and supporting councillors to 36. We also have six local authorities now signed up. See the full list here.
  • We have recently launched a new website, which we will be updating with new good practice as findings from our youth voice programme.
  • Our first mailing on the Vision and our youth voice programme, 25% of the population – 100% of the future, has also gone out to supporters, which you can read here. Let me know if you want to be added to future Vision mailings.
  • We are planning to take this forward with the GLA, the new mayor and London Assembly members, and will be meeting their different teams to see how we can help them provide better opportunities for young people.

The continued support of councillors and local leaders in the coming months is critical in showing a united appetite for youth policy to be on the agenda.

If you have any questions, or additional information, please let us know. We shall continue to keep you updated periodically as we go forward.
Kind regards,

Matthew Walsham Partnership for Young London

M : 07896 98634307896 986343


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Partnership for Young London brings together a community of professionals interested in improving the conditions faced by young people in London. We believe in a future that fulfils every young person’s right to wellbeing and with young people making up a quarter of London’s population, we recognise they are crucial today also.

School athletes run for Sutton in London Mini-Marathon

Sutton’s London Mini-Marathon runners at the David Weir Centre in Carshalton are, back row, from left to right: Gianluca Ercolano (top of his head only), Mohamed-Amin Fatah, Sam Sheppard, Ben Clark, Ricky Lutakome, Alex Galvin, Ryan Galvin, Samuel Hansen; second row, from left to right: Deborah Cotton, Georgia Bell, Emily Higgs, Lily Kyle, Fiona Wilson, Oliva Stillman, Hana Fatah, Alice Banfield, Mary-Kate Flynn, Li-Norah Flynn, Rachel Moran, Morgan Taylor Wells, Mariel Bastello-Kennedy, Georgia Hope; front row, from left to right: Jonas Zimmann, Jack Simpson, Adam Hudson, William Berry, Joseph Seal. The runners not in the photograph are Joseph Palmer, Callum Hockley, Dominque Corradi, Maisie Collis, Elsa Palmer, Amelia Stiff, Dario Kan, Nathan Sellick, Ryan Galvin.

Thirty-six borough athletes aged 11 to 17 represented Sutton at the Virgin Money Giving Mini-London Marathon last month.

On Sunday 24 April the Sutton runners competed against runners from all other 32 London boroughs and ran the last five km (three miles) of the famous London Marathon course from Blackfriars then along the Thames to the Marathon’s finish line in Pall Mall.

The runners, all of whom either live in Sutton and/or attend a Sutton school, were selected via trials in February organised by the London Borough of Sutton in partnership with Roundshaw Downs Park Run.

About half of the Sutton runners train regularly with Sutton & District Athletics Club at the David Weir Centre in Carshalton. For some of the athletes, this was their first year and first opportunity to run in a big high-profile race, whereas others had taken part in the London Mini-Marathon for several years in succession.

Sutton had some fantastic individual and team results. Maisie Collis came fourth in the Under-13 Girls London Boroughs Challenge (all 33 London Boroughs) and 12th in the overall race (which includes UK Regional teams) out of nearly 250 runners.

Ricky Lutakome came second in the boroughs’ Under-17 Boys challenge race, and 35th overall out of more than 200 runners.

The top team for Sutton was the Under-15 Girls. The team – Olivia Stillman, Elsa Palmer, Dominque Corradi and Alice Banfield – put in a very strong and tightly-placed team performance, coming in fourth, seventh, 12th and 48th individually and in fourth team place out of the 33 London boroughs.

Carshalton Central’s Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment & Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We want to congratulate all of the runners for doing so well and doing Sutton proud by representing the borough in front of crowds of thousands of people. We hope the occasion continues to inspire them and that as many as can will take part again next year.”

The runners attend the following 11 Sutton schools:

  • Sutton Grammar
  • Wallington Grammar
  • Stanley Park High
  • John Fisher
  • Wilson’s
  • Glenthorne High
  • Cheam High
  • St Philomena’s
  • Westbourne Primary
  • Nonsuch High School
  • Wallington High School for Girls

The six age categories were:

  • Under-13 Girls
  • Under-15 Girls
  • Under-17 Girls
  • Under-13 Boys
  • Under-15 Boys
  • Under-17 Boys

All Sutton children offered primary school place despite increased demand

All Sutton residents have been offered a primary school place for their child, with more than 95 per cent being offered one of their preferred schools, despite there being more applications than last year.

Parents in the borough have been told which primary schools have made offers of places for their children for the September intake.

Even though there were 44 more applications for primary school places this year than in 2015, 95.87 per cent of children have been allocated one of their six preferences for a school place in Sutton.

There were 2,711 applications for places this year compared to 2,667 in 2015. Of these, 83.18 per cent got their first preference and 93.69 per cent of the children are getting a place at one of their top three primary schools.

In September, Sutton’s children will start at primary schools that have been consistently ranked by the Government as being among the best in England for teaching and exam results.

The most recent research by the Department for Education (see Notes for Editors) ranks Sutton primary schools joint third highest in the country for pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics. The only boroughs in England to rank higher than Sutton are Kensington and Chelsea (91 per cent) and Richmond upon Thames (88 per cent). Sutton, at 87 per cent, tied in third place with Greenwich and Redcar and Cleveland boroughs.

Cllr Wendy Mathys, Chair of the Children, Family and Education Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We have worked together with our primary schools to ensure there are sufficient places for all our borough children. Parents can be assured that their children will receive a high standard of education from our borough primary schools, which are ranked third highest in England.”

Sutton is top-three London borough for secondary school place preferences

  Study books and a pen at a school table

Almost 80 per cent of students get places in their first-choice of secondary school in Sutton.

Sutton has the third-highest first-preference rate for secondary school places in London, with almost 80 per cent of its families receiving their first choice of school for their child – well above the London average of 68.52 per cent.

Sutton has once again achieved one of the best rates overall, with the percentage of families receiving one of their top-three preferences increasing to 94.5 per cent – up 1.5 per cent from 2015 and almost six percentage points above the London average of 88.64 per cent. Almost all Sutton families (97.5 per cent) now receive a preference secondary school for their child – which is almost four percentage points above the London average of 93.88 per cent.

Parents in the borough were told yesterday which secondary schools have made offers of places for their children for the September 2016 intake. In addition to Sutton’s 80 per cent first preference being much higher than most of the rest of London it was also an impressive 5 per cent rise on the number of pupils who got their first preference school in 2015. In September, these children will start at secondary schools officially ranked as being among the best in England for teaching and exam results. In 2015, the proportion of Sutton students scoring 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Maths was 76.9 per cent, well above the 2014 national average of 53.4 per cent. Across the borough, 83.5 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs.

Almost two-thirds (65.1 per cent) of students across the borough achieved the highest A-Level A* and B grades in 2015 and the percentage of Sutton students achieving an A-Level pass grade (A* to E) increased to 99.7 per cent from 98.5 per cent in 2014. This was above the UK average as, across all UK students, the proportion achieving A* to E was 98.1 per cent. The small minority of families without a preference school offer are being advised to reconsider all local schools and add these to their applications before further offers are made later this month.

Cllr Wendy Mathys, Chair of the Children, Family & Education Committee, said:

“We are delighted that preference offers for Sutton residents this year are once again well above the London average, and are some of the highest across the capital. We have worked hard with our secondary schools to plan for and provide additional places in Sutton’s excellent schools so that 79.67 per cent of Sutton’s pupils getting an offer for their first preference school, up from last year’s figure of 75 per cent. This is a tremendous achievement. Sutton has an increasing population of children who have reached or are nearing secondary school age and demand continues to increase for secondary school places due to the excellent schools we have in Sutton, which make our borough an increasingly popular place to live and raise a family. The only London boroughs to rank above Sutton for first preference places are Waltham Forest (81.19 per cent) and Havering (80.84 per cent). The percentage of first-preference places in neighbouring boroughs Kingston upon Thames was 75.95 per cent, Richmond upon Thames 67.16 per cent, Croydon 67.11 per cent and Merton 65.0 per cent.”

One Planet Sutton report shows borough continues to make good progress in key areas

Sutton Council is continuing to make steady progress in ensuring the borough meets its environmental, social and economic sustainability targets.

The One Planet Sutton Progress Report for 2014-15 published today (Wednesday) shows the council is continuing to meet key priority targets under five themes:

  • Cutting carbon emissions
  • Cutting waste
  • Valuing our natural environment
  • Supporting healthy communities
  • Supporting the local economy

The 24-page progress report says that of Sutton’s 32 targets, 21 targets have been exceeded, met or are on target to be met, seven are not on target and the remaining four targets do not apply to 2014-15.

Key target findings are:

  • Cutting carbon emissions
    • The council’s Carbon Management Plan has saved the council an estimated £1.9m in energy costs since 2010-11.
  • Cutting waste
    • Total household waste in the borough has decreased since the baseline from 77,045 tonnes in 2009-10 to 73,350 tonnes in 2014-15, representing a 4.8 per cent decrease. This is above the national average of 2 per cent waste reduction per household.
  • Valuing our natural environment
    • The Sutton Food Forum was formed in December 2014 to drive delivery of local and sustainable food targets. The Sutton Food Forum has achieved Sustainable Food Cities Status and Sutton is one of only seven London boroughs to have achieved this standard.
    • During 2014-15 a number of improvement projects were undertaken along the River Wandle to enhance habitats and biodiversity, and reduce river pollution, including a Silt n SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) project in Hackbridge to alleviate flooding.
  • Supporting healthy communities
    • During autumn 2014 the council and its partners ran 47 free One Planet Sutton-themed events across 20 venues as part of the Imagine Festival 2014.
    • Fourteen parks across the borough have outdoor gyms, nine of which were installed in 2014. These outdoor gyms give adults access to free exercise equipment aimed at all levels of fitness and deliver health improvements.
    • In March 2015 a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £1.52m was submitted to improve Whitehall Museum in Cheam and bring the heritage of Whitehall to life in the community.
  • Supporting the local economy
    • Opportunity Sutton, Sutton Council’s economic development arm, has attracted £330m investment into the borough and has contributed to the continued positive progress towards the Supporting the Local Economy targets.
    • On 1 April 2014 the council commenced payment of the London Living Wage for all employees, recognising the minimum income required for employees to meet their basic living needs.

However, the One Planet targets are ambitious and there are short- and medium-term goals of 2017 and 2025 respectively. Although all goals may not be reached by 2017, the overarching aim is for Sutton to become a One Planet Borough by 2025.

For example, while between 2007 and 2013 there was a 14.4 per cent reduction in CO2, which is on track to meet the 20 per cent target by 2017, the council has only been able to reduce carbon emissions from council buildings by 15 per cent between 2010/11 and 2014/2015 when the target was 50 per cent.

This is mainly because of an increase in the use of more CO2 intensive fuels by the UK power grid, however overall Sutton has the third lowest CO2 emissions out of the 32 London boroughs.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton prides itself on being a green borough and I am delighted we are meeting the majority of the One Planet Sutton targets. We are one of the best London council’s for low carbon emissions and our carbon management plan has saved £1.9m in energy costs over the past five years. There is no question that these targets are ambitious, and the work to meet them is made even harder in the current financial climate where our budgets are being cut by government.  However, we will continue to look for ways to innovate and improve our performance and the One Planet Sutton report is a useful guide to benchmark where we are and see which areas we are succeeding in and which require more work by the council and our partners.”

The council committed to One Planet Living in 2009, creating a set of challenging sustainability targets to enable Sutton to become a One Planet Borough by 2025. But targets have twice been revised since 2009 to reflect changes in national policy and funding to local government.

Over the coming year Sutton will continue to deliver a wide variety of projects to help the borough meet its One Planet Sutton targets. These include the start of renovation of Whitehall Museum to make it into a historical and cultural hub, holding recycling roadshows and workshops across the borough, and continue progress towards creating a low-carbon energy network.

  • The One Planet Sutton report can be found here.

Happy Recycled Christmas: Tree Sculpture

We have received this message and photo recently:

recyclingDear Councillor Whitehead,

The Art & Design students from Carshalton College have kindly created a Christmas tree sculpture from recyclable materials for us to use at our Recycling Roadshows throughout November and December. 
The tree was displayed at the first of these events yesterday at the Recycling Roadshow in Rosehill High Street. 
We hope the sculpture will provide a Christmas feel to our stand and encourage people to come and take a look and speak to our Waste & Recycling Advisers.
A photo of the tree shows the excellent work the students have done. We have been promoting the sculpture on social media this week and will continue to do so throughout December.