News in brief: School told to improve

WHITEWAYS Primary School at Grimesthorpe has been given ‘notice to improve’ by inspectors after pupils were found to be making insufficient progress, especially in English and maths.

Pupils, who between them speak 19 different languages and mostly speak English as an additional language, were found to be starting school with abilities below expected levels.

By the time they left, their attainment levels were well below what they should have been.

However, improvements were recorded in some areas, the standard of teaching was getting better and pupils behaved well around school.

Anxiety support groups

TWO support groups are being launched in Sheffield to help people suffering from anxiety and panic disorders.

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust has teamed up with the national charity, No Panic, at Heeley Institute on Gleadless Road and at Shirecliffe Community Centre in Shirecliffe Road to complement the service at St Matthew’s Rooms in Carver Street in the city centre.

Contact No Panic Sheffield on 07505 712164 or 07505 712381.

Stop smoking centre

THE Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Alan Law, officially opened a drop-in centre, part of NHS Sheffield’s Stop Smoking service, in Charles Street in the city centre on Tuesday, national No Smoking Day.

Bakery raises £6,000

COOPLANDS Bakery has raised more than £6,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital by having charity tins in its shops.

Push for paramedics

RESIDENTS near East Park, Woodhouse, helped to push a paramedics’ car out of the mud after it became stuck on a call to a woman who had collapsed while walking her dog.