John Whitehouse

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Congratulations to St John’s School, Kenilworth!

by John Whitehouse on 7 March, 2014

As a governor of St John’s Primary School, Kenilworth for over ten years, I’m absolutely delighted with the school’s latest Ofsted report which has been published today: As most people know, the latest Ofsted inspection framework for schools has “set the bar” even higher than before, and there have been a number of high-profile […]

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A Partial Victory over School Admissions Policy

by John Whitehouse on 15 December, 2013

      As the Lib Dem lead member for Children & Schools on the County Council, for some time now I have been supporting the “Siblings at the Same School” group ( in their fight to get Warwickshire County Council to adopt a better schools admissions policy, one which would help to address the […]

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Early Intervention Service Exhibition

by John Whitehouse on 28 September, 2009

Last week I attended an exhibition showcasing the achievements of pupils attending Warwickshire’s Early Intervention Service Teaching and Learning centres during the past year. Elizabeth Featherstone, Head of Service for Family and Community, showed me round the exhibition. The work exhibited is by students who have either been reintegrated back into mainstream schools, participated in work-based learning […]

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Concessionary Travel For Young People – A Result!

by John Whitehouse on 2 April, 2009

I was delighted to win the backing of the Cabinet today for the County Council to commission an external study of the feasibility and costs of introducing a concessionary travel scheme for young people in Warwickshire. The work will now be done in time to inform decision making at the time of the next County […]

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Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee

by John Whitehouse on 2 April, 2009

Yesterday we held the last meeting of the County Council’s Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee before the elections on the 4th June. I have been a member of the Committee for the last 4 years, the Lib Dem spokesperson for the last 3, and the vice-chairman of the Committee for the last […]

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SATS – Going, going ….. well not quite, yet!

by John Whitehouse on 14 October, 2008

Today’s announcement by the Government that it is to scrap all national schools tests (SATS) for 14 year olds from next year is welcome but long overdue. It seems (despite denials) that it has taken this summer’s marking fiasco to force a decision which the teaching profession has long called for. However, it seems that national […]

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County Tories in Disarray – Again!

by John Whitehouse on 3 July, 2008

The saga of the review of secondary education in Nuneaton & Bedworth took another unexpected turn at today’s meeting of the Conservative Cabinet of the county council. After eight months of review, debate and consultation, the Cabinet had been presented with detailed proposals to renew and redevelop secondary school provision in Nuneaton & Bedworth district. The […]

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University of Warwick

by John Whitehouse on 16 May, 2008

On Wednesday I accompanied Nigel Rock, our Lib Dem PPC for Kenilworth & Southam constituency, to a meeting at the University of Warwick with the Registrar and the Community Relations Manager. Half of the university campus is within Warwickshire (the other half in Coventry), and within my electoral division of Kenilworth Abbey. In addition the […]

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School Meals

by John Whitehouse on 24 April, 2008

Last year I took part in an in-depth review of the Demand for School Meals in Warwickshire, which resulted in the acceptance by the county council Cabinet of a wide range of recommendations to improve school meals and promote healthy eating. The background to this was of course the Jamie Oliver programmes on TV, that […]

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School Crossing Crisis

by John Whitehouse on 18 April, 2008

I am a governor at St. John’s Primary School and Nursery in Mortimer Road, Kenilworth. The road is part of the diversionary route for buses and other vehicles during the 25 week closure of the Warwick Road which commenced yesterday morning. It was therefore the worst possible morning for the usual school crossing patrol person to […]

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