Maidenhead United’s ground, York Road, is one of the oldest in the world, being founded in 1871. This historic ground has had its fair share of enjoyment and stress and in this 2016-17 season they have been on an undisputed run of form and are currently first in the Vanarama Conference South, thanks to one man, David Tarpey.

David Tarpey, of 28, has scored 35 goals this season for the Magpies and without a doubt he is going to score more. It is not only due to Tarpey’s excellent run of form that Maidenhead are where they are now, but it is also down to the unbreakable team mentality of the team, thanks to Alan Devonshire, age 60, Maidenhead United’s current manager.

Harry Pritchard, Maidenhead United’s left midfielder has played a vital role into keeping Maidenhead top of the league table, scoring some fantastic goals in the season and keeping the crowd happy with the beautiful football the team has been playing.

Here in Maidenhead we are all wishing Maidenhead United to carry on their form for the rest of the season and cannot wait until we make it to the conference!

 

By Michael Batey.

Cox Green canteen offers a wide variety of food for students- but is it good value? We decided to investigate…

Our first stop was the canteen itself to check out the prices – we chose the following popular items:

- Sandwich £1.85

- Water 60p

- Flapjack 65p

- Wrap £1.80-£2

- Baguette (hot) £2

- Pizza £1.30

- Brownie 85p 

- Fizzy Drink £1

- Juice £1.30

In comparison, if you were to bring a packed lunch from Sainsbury’s here are the prices:

-One loaf of bread costs 85p. 

-On average there are 20 slices in one loaf so that could last 10 days if you   froze it.

 -Ham costs 60p for one brand own packet.

-Tuna costs 65p per tin.

 

This may be cheaper; however, the inconvenience of making your own lunch could be time consuming and this could outweigh the cost benefit.

Our first interviewee was a Year 9 student, Annabel. She says the canteen is “too expensive” and the prices have “increased but the portions have shrunk.”

We interviewed a teacher, Mrs Mirkovic, who regularly uses the cafeteria. She says – “The canteen prices are fair comparing to alternatives such as Starbucks or Costa.” When asked about possible improvements to the canteen, she replied – “I think there could be a greater range of fruit/fruit salad and an extension to the salad bar.” 

Our last interviewee was the canteen Chef Manager, Joao Costa. He explained to us that the prices and portions were set by the company – Innovate. When asked if he believed the food was healthy, he replied that “the canteen food is healthy and made fresh every day.” He also stated that on Mondays & Tuesdays dishes vary between British classics and world favourites, for example cottage pie, and on Wednesdays they serve roast dinner. Thursdays they serve curry and Fridays are fish and chip days.

Overall the canteen prices seem to remain controversial, and some food is more expensive than local shops, however the canteen is more readily available and convenient to students & staff. 

A new canteen is expected to open in September 2018, with an extension to the Innovate kitchen. A new menu is also currently under testing by students, but it is still unknown how the menu will change.

 

Written by reporter Ethan Dennis, with contributions from Michael Batey, Josh Chivers and Sean Dixon

A new one-way system was introduced in Cox Green School in September 2016, but where some people see its benefits others see it as controversial. Our BBC school reporting team thought this was worth investigating.

This system was set up by the head teacher Mrs Swidenbank to stop congestion in the hallways and to stop people being hurt because there were people going both ways and this posed a risk of them crashing into each other.

We interviewed students and teachers about the system.

Teacher Miss Winchcombe said, “I like it because it reduces congestion so it is easier to get around.” 

Year 9 student Brady said, “We don’t need it because there is no need for it. They need to focus on teaching not how to walk around the school.” 

Teacher Miss Gray said, “It is useful because students are now not getting hurt.”

Teacher Mr Bilsborough said, “The one-way system only annoys me when people don’t follow it.”

Year 10 student Michael said, “I do get annoyed by the system because some teachers don’t follow it. I also get annoyed because you sometimes arrive late to lesson because people stop on the stairs.” 

The one-way system may be changed or expanded after the new build in 2017-18.

By Matthew Smith