The Mayor announced sad news that former Councillor and Mayor John Dodwell had recently passed away at home after a short illness. The Former Mayor was a Councillor for Wallington North for 12 years from 1994 to 2006. Working on a variety of topics for local residents, particularly in education and children services, he was especially concerned about support to the voluntary sector. As well as serving as deputy Mayor, he was then elected as Mayor the following year, from 2002-2003. The meeting observed a minute silence.
The Mayor made the following announcements:
The Mayor congratulated pupils and staff in Sutton’s schools following the year’s outstanding A-level and GCSE results. Sutton schools had yet again 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* (A star) and B grades is 65.5 percent. While the percentage of students achieving an A-level pass grade (A* to E) has dropped slightly to 99.3 percent from 99.4 per cent last year, this is still above the UK average of 98.1 percent.
In the GCSEs, 83.7 percent of Sutton pupils achieved five or more GCSEs. Among the standout schools 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, while Stanley Park High celebrated its best set of GCSE results to date.
Sutton High Street had recently hosted a creative Crafternoon and pop-up library to introduce residents to Sutton Council’s plans for Market Place Sutton. The north end of the High Street was transformed into an area where visitors took part in fun activities including temporary chalk stencil painting and hopscotch as the Council unveiled some ideas for the Market Place Sutton vision. Residents’ stories of Sutton were also showcased to look back at the history of the area and vote on designs for new artwork to be installed in the alleyways.
Thousands more photographic glass-plate negatives from the early 1900s are to be conserved after Sutton Council secured a grant of £95,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). More than 10,000 images of Edwardian women will be cleaned, digitised, researched, catalogued and made available for viewing by the public for the first time. The photographs were taken by local photographer David Knights-Whittome, who owned shops in Sutton and Epsom from around 1904 until 1918. The negatives are stored at Sutton Central Library and the digitising and cataloguing work will be carried out by volunteers and students.
Maria Kampioti, Waste and Recycling advisor team leader, won local authority recycling champion of the year in the letsrecycle.com awards for excellence.
The Mayor also celebrated the local sporting achievements of two athletes from Sutton. Joanna Rowsell-Shand had recently won gold at the Olympic Games in the team pursuit. Joanna was born in Carshalton and attended Nonsuch High School for Girls. David Weir, born in Wallington, was competing in five events at the Paralympics and the Mayor wished him good luck as well as sending congratulations on the recent birth of his son.
The Mayor also reported on the many events that had taken place in Sutton and which had been attended by the Mayoral team.
Finally, Amanda Beck of Sutton Shopmobility, was invited to speak as a representative of one of the Mayor’s chosen charities.