Author: Laura Joffre

The Man on the Bench at Irlam Station. Photo Laura Joffre

New life-size statue unveiled at Irlam station

The local community gathered at Irlam Station on Monday morning for the unveiling of a new artwork, known as the Man on the Bench. The 200kg life-size statue of an old man resting on a Victorian bench is a bronze cast of a work originally created 40 years ago, by a then pupil of the local high school, Simon Law.

Pupils at Walkden High School

New figures show over two thirds of pupils in Salford state secondaries are attending underperforming schools

Almost seven in 10 children in secondary state education in Salford are attending an underperforming school, new figures reveal. The latest school performance tables show that only three state-funded secondary schools in Salford have achieved progress scores above average, while nine showed scores “well below” England levels.

Salford City Council leaves autistic woman without adequate support

Salford City Council leaves autistic woman without adequate support

An autistic woman was left without adequate support for months after Salford City Council failed to carry out its statutory duties. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman issued a report last week following a complaint by Mrs W, who has not been named, a Salford resident with autism.

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Parents in Irlam are asking for a school bus to end “nightmare” commute for children

Parents from Irlam and Cadishead are calling for a direct school bus service to bring their children to school “safely and on time”. A petition set up three days ago for a school bus to be routed from Irlam and Cadishead to Culcheth High School had already received 137 signatures at the time of writing.

Alex Ganotis, GMCA lead member for the Green City Region portfolio

Interview: Alex Ganotis, the man behind GMCA’s five-year environment plan

Alex Ganotis, the man behind the man behind the five-year environment plan says everyone can take simple steps to make a difference to climate change. 

Young campaigners given prime position as Salford hosts green summit

Young campaigners given prime position as Salford hosts green summit

Young green campaigners were given prime position at the Greater Manchester Green Summit on Monday, following the success of their Youth Strike for Climate on March 15.

Photo Liam Shaw

Breaking: Fire near the University of Salford

Fire and rescue services are attending a fire near the University of Salford. Witnesses have spotted a small fire under the bridge between the Old Pint Pot and the University’s Maxwell building.

Photography - Nick Harrison

Salford children vote for their favourite book at the Children’s Book Awards

Pupils from 10 different schools across Salford voted for their favourite book at this years’ Salford Children’s Book Award. The winner, The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford.

“This strike is vital” – Member of Youth Parliament for Salford supports Youth Strike for Climate

“This strike is vital” – Member of Youth Parliament for Salford supports Youth Strike for Climate

Young people in Greater Manchester are planning to join a second school strike for climate on Friday as part of a global day of protest by young people to demand action against climate change. Alex Derbyshire, 17, Member of Youth Parliament for Salford, is a strong supporter of the movement.