NEWS IN BRIEF: School's accolades

WISEWOOD School – soon to become Forge Valley Community School – is celebrating national recognition after being designated a National Support School, a High Performing Specialist School and its headteacher, Diane McKinlay, a National Leader of Education.

The accolades are a result of the school's excellent exam results and Ofsted report. Ms McKinlay said: "We already have very strong partnerships, particularly with Myers Grove, and this will help develop these further. It also means that our new school, Forge Valley Community School, will be opening next year as a High Performing Specialist School with sport and leadership as our specialisms."

Martial arts base backed

LOCAL politicians are lining up to support a proposed martial arts studio at halfway. An application to use a warehouse on the Holbrook industrial estate is backed by Clive Betts, who is standing as MP for Sheffield South East, and local councillors Chris Roslng-Joseph and Helen Mirfin-Boukouris.

The studio would be used as a base for Excel Martial Arts, which currently operates in Halfway, Beighton, Sothall and Waterthorpe, councillors are being told. There is a school of 120 students.

Councillors are recommended to give the go-ahead on Monday.

Memorial scholarships

STUDENTS at Sheffield University have been awarded nearly 150,000 worth of scholarships in memory of former Vice-Chancellor Prof Bob Boucher, who died a year ago. Forty-six students received scholarships as a result of the Bob Boucher Scholarships Campaign, which received donations from former students and colleagues from all over the world.

Prof Boucher's widow Rosemary and children Jeremy, Tim and Justine were guests at a presentation reception which took place on what would have been Prof Boucher's 70th birthday.

Developers' plea

DEVELOPERS of the former Gordon Lamb car showrooms site off Summerfield Street, near Ecclesall Road, are making fresh preparations after being given the go-ahead for housing and offices more than four years ago.

They are asking the council to amend some of the conditions of the approval for 205 apartments and offices, including the proposed phasing. Their consultants say they want to be ready to attract potential occupiers "with an eye to the recovery of the market".

Physiotherapy service

A NEW physiotherapy service has been launched in Sheffield city centre targeting people who live and work in the area.

It is being offered at the Sheffield City GP Health Centre in Broad Lane in a joint venture between One Medicare and Hallamshire Physiotherapy. Initial consultation, including treatment, costs 50 with follow-up appointments charged at 38 each at the centre which is open every day from 8am to 8pm. The opening ceremony was attended by Sheffield-based extreme mountaineer and climber Ian Parnell.

Jane's marathon effort

JANE Webber is counting the cost of taking part in the London Marathon – an injured knee but at least 3,200 for St Luke's Hospice.

The 50-year-old marathon novice, who lives in Hunters Bar, had injured her knee in training but went ahead and completed the course in five hours 38 minutes, after almost giving up when the injury flared again only two miles from the finish line.

She said the run was a great experience. "I've already said I won't be doing it again but I think it might be a bit like having a baby – the further you get from the memory of the pain, the more you think it wasn't so bad…"

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