Trust RESIDENTS on Libraries, Schools and Education

Residents have told us “Our schools are full. We need school places that are local to us and we want choice” and “Our libraries and museums are important and we …read more →

Claim that ECC 10 Year Education Plan ‘Still Failing’ Uttlesford Families

After a review of the new Essex County Council 10-year education plan, R4U has said it is concerned that ECC is still failing to provide enough school places. ECC has …read more →

R4U and Saffron Walden Town Council support proposal by Saffron Academy Trust to take over former Friends School site

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) and the Saffron Walden Town Council are supporting a joint proposal by the Department for Education and Saffron Academy Trust, operators of the Katherine Semar and …read more →

BBC News Look East cover the impact of the closure of the Friends/Walden School

The Friends/Walden School is an important site for education and sports in Saffron Walden. It has announced that it is closing and it will be sorely missed. The parents are …read more →

Class sizes of 60? SWCHS head asks residents to think about education cuts when they vote

The Saffron Walden County High School (SWCHS) head has asked voters to think about education when they vote in June because local schools are facing £millions in cuts. She says …read more →

Reopen the Friends as a state school? We think so. And we’ve urged Essex County Council to take action

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has urged Essex County Council to adopt the private Walden School (formerly the Friends’ School) as a state institution when it closes in July. Last week …read more →

Keeping up the fight for fair school transport!

Dear Resident, Recently, parents who pay for Essex school transport received notification of the second large increase in costs in 12 months, so most will now pay nearly £1,000 a …read more →

R4U opposes £2 million cuts to Uttlesford Secondary Schools

Residents for Uttlesford is opposing the more than £2 million funding cuts being forced onto Uttlesford schools by central government. Anthony Gerard, R4U’s prospective candidate for the ECC Stansted Division …read more →

Refusal of school transport by Essex – call for evidence by the Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) are continuing to investigate Essex County Council’s school transport policy following a referral by R4U. The policy is to refuse free school transport unless going …read more →

Saffron Walden secondary students to go to Newport thanks to Tory UDC Cabinet Local Plan

The UDC Cabinet’s failing Local Plan will force new Saffron Walden students to Newport due to the lack of planned spaces. In its Local Plan UDC must find space for …read more →