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End of an era as Hospital Radio Crawley announces its closure

The station will broadcast its final show on Sunday 8th September.

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Announcing the closure on their Facebook page, the acting chair of Hospital Radio Crawley outlined the sad decision had been made to shut down the station.

Beginning life in the early 70’s the station offered music, news and chat to patients and staff within the hospital.

Over the years they have also raised thousands of pounds for charity and run events for the town.

Despite the station launching on the internet the hospital owners have not appeared to have invested in the technology to allow streaming to the patients and staff.

In addition, with the change of service the hospital offered the dedicated listeners deminished making the terms of the service almost unachieveable.

The acting chair also says:

” higher running costs also took their toll, to a point where it sadly becomes impractical to continue”

Hospital radio has always been the starting block for many DJ’s but as times change, as technology grows and as listener habits continually adapt it us unlikely that this will be the last of these stalwarts to bite the dust across the country.

While other stations have come and gone over the decades Hospital radio managed to continue and the news of its closure will tug at the heart strings of many leaving the town without any station at all.

But with community stations either side of the town there is still hope that a local service will filter its way to Crawley.

A 30 hour marathon broadcast in conjuction with St Catherines Hospice is set for the station before their final show.

You can read the stations full statement here.

Education

Tilgate Primary School praised by Ofsted

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, The Oaks Primary School and Nursery was judged as continuing to be a good school that is highly ambitious for its pupils.

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The inspection took place on the last Wednesday of the school year in July and the report states that the school has a:

cohesive, knowledgeable and influential team of senior and middle leaders who are highly ambitious for pupils”.

The report also acknowledges how positive the pupils and parents feel about the school:

“Pupils enjoy school. They are enthusiastic, keen and inquisitive learners…(the pupils) said that lessons are fun and make them think hard”. “Parents praised the staff’s efforts to provide children with good opportunities to learn and ensure that they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. One parent said, ‘My daughter loves the school.’ Parents particularly value the way staff support their children to develop good personal and social skills”.

There is also praise for The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) and the impact of collaborative work between the TKAT schools:

“Leaders at all levels benefit from their collaborative work with The Kemnal Academies Trust. From schools within this multi-academy trust (MAT), leaders meet together to share good practice and update their knowledge”.

Alan Gunn, Headteacher of the school said,

“We are all absolutely thrilled with the report. We have a highly dedicated and skilled staff who are all committed to giving all our children the best possible start to life.

Everyone works very hard to ensure The Oaks is a fantastic place for our children to learn and grow as successful, confident and responsible individuals. I am so proud of our children and the staff and it is great that our efforts have been acknowledged by Ofsted.

The report has highlighted a number of our strengths and that we continue to strive to provide good level of education. It has also confirmed ways that we can continue to improve on to ensure even greater success in the future.”

The full report can be read on the School’s website by clicking here.

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