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20.04.22 – Primary School Choice, £150 rebate scam, SEND, The Queens Platinum Jubilee

Written by on 20 April 2022

The majority of parents in Staffordshire have been allocated their first-choice primary school.

Nearly 95 per cent of parents have been allocated a place at their top preferred primary school, with more than 98 per cent being offered one of their top three.

Figures revealed show that out of a total 8,808 places allocated, 8,348 received their first-choice primary school while 8,717 were allocated one of their top three.


The council are warning that scammers are seeking to exploit the £150 energy council tax rebate that has been announced. They are cold calling residents asking for bank details so they can pay the energy rebate directly.

This is a scam, all those who are eligible for the rebate will receive the payment directly into their bank account and anyone who does not pay by direct debit will be sent a letter with details on how to claim.

If you unexpectedly receive a text, email or phone call seeking information or payment you should never give out personal information, including bank details, click any links or respond until you are sure it is genuine. If in doubt, find the correct contact details online of the organisation claiming to be in contact and check with them directly.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit their website at


Green-fingered youngsters in Newcastle-under-Lyme are planting 100 extra trees to help celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Newcastle’s “Green Team” is organising additional gardening sessions for schools and groups at a number of locations across the borough over the coming weeks following a donation of a selection of British native trees by Staffordshire County Council.

The project links into the Queen’s unique Green Canopy campaign which is encouraging people from across the United Kingdom to enhance their environment by planting a tree for the Jubilee.


Families in Staffordshire are being reminded about an activity programme for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities – known as SEND.

With more than 16,000 pupils in Staffordshire diagnosed with a special educational need, SEND’s relaunched ‘Aiming High’ programme provides a range of activities to help young people build confidence, become more independent and learn new skills.  The scheme is available to young people up to the age of 18 who live in Staffordshire.

Activities are available to children of different abilities and include sensory experiences, day trips, sports, youth clubs, nature and outdoor activities.

The updated webpage at has details of the activities available.