First steps towards 1st class Education

We know that starting primary school is a huge milestone in your child’s life.

It brings a multitude of emotions – anxiety for parents, excitement tinged with nervousness for the children as they start out on their educational path.

In West Berkshire, education is a key priority and we strive to help every one of your children reach their full potential.

The closing date for Primary school applications is 15 January. Applications can be made using our on-line application form.  This is the best route, as you’ll get a receipt when you submit your application, and you’ll find out which school has been offered on the offer day instead of waiting for the post. 

New Business Grants available

Are you a local business that could use a new piece of equipment to expand and grow? Or funding for full fibre access?

Then apply for our new Challenge Fund grant for up to £25,000 to pay for a project that will drive green growth and recovery!

Since November 2020, we’ve given over £5 million to businesses across West Berkshire through Additional Restriction Grants to help with the recovery from Covid.

Real Christmas tree collection

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, we’ve had a lot of questions asking what should be done with your Christmas trees and whether we will be collecting them. The answer is YES, we’ll be collecting real Christmas trees.

We have a temporary suspension on garden and food waste collections which ends on 8 January 2022,  so we’ll be collecting real Christmas trees on your next garden/food waste collection from 10 January 2022. Please put your real tree out for collection then.

Please remember to remove all decorations and pots. Trees larger than 4 ft must be cut in half.

If you can’t wait that long, trees can be taken to the household waste recycling centres. 

Well read West Berkshire

Reading is a top leisure choice for people of all ages in West Berkshire. In fact, it’s so popular that our 2021 Summer Reading Challenge had the highest level of participation in the South East of England reaching 16% of all 4-12 year olds across the district.  We’re bookmarking that as a great leisure achievement!

Wellbeing Passports for Primary Schools

We’ve teamed up with The School Sports Network and were very excited to deliver Wellbeing Passports to all primary schools in West Berkshire received for their year 5 and year 6 pupils before Christmas.

The passports are full of fun activities and learning based around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and support the Health education curriculum. They can be used to help deliver Health education lessons and have interactive and reflective activities for children throughout the academic year, supporting national campaigns such as Children’s Mental Health week in February.

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