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Burst water main closes five schools

Huxlow Science College, Irthlingborough is closed because of the burst water main Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five schools in Northamptonshire have been closed today because of a burst water main.

Finedon Infant School, Finedon Mulso CEVA Junior School, Huxlow Science College, Irthlingborough Junior School and Irthlingborough Nursery and Infant School have all been shut.

The two schools in Finedon say they will text parents when the water is back on.

More information can be found at the county council website.

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£7 million expansion for school to keep up with growing demand for places

Gladstone Primary officially unveiled its new building Credit: ITV News Anglia

Parts of our region have some of the fastest population growth in the country and in some areas that's putting pressure on services like schools.

Milton Keynes and Peterborough are the fastest growing places in the UK.

Peterborough has the second highest birthrate and it's seen a 50% rise in school population in the last 5 years.

Now one primary- Gladstone school, has tackled the huge demand for places with a £7.4 million expansion.

The expansion cost £7.4 million Credit: ITV News Anglia

£2.6 million came from Government grants and another £4.8 million from Peterborough City Council to fund the new school facilities.

Sudbury school reveals winner of mock election

More than 1,100 students have taken part in a mock election at Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury this afternoon.

It followed a special debate which involved a panel of local parliamentary candidates from the area.

Student posting their vote in mock election Credit: ITV News Anglia

Full results of mock election below:

  • UKIP - 272 votes (23%)
  • Conservative - 252 votes (22%)
  • Labour - 247 votes (21%)
  • Lib Dem - 246 votes (21%)
  • Green - 151 votes (13%)

Students give MP candidates an election grilling

School election debate at Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students at a high school in Suffolk have been questioning the candidates hoping to be elected as MP at the General Election in May.

Among the topics covered in the hour-long debate were the economy and jobs, ending the monarchy and the question of leaving the European Union.

Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury has also been holding a mock election.

Watch the full debate between students and candidates by clicking below

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New school for 2,200 to be built in Northampton

One of the largest free schools in the country is to be built in Northampton as part of the Government's latest expansion of its flagship education policy.

The Northampton Internation Academy will take 2,200 pupils. New free schools will also be built in Peterborough and Hertfordshire

David Cameron says if the Tories win May's election they'll roll out another 500 free schools across the country.

Click below to watch our report from Russell Hookey

Parents fight plans to close small rural schools

Mileham Primary School Credit: Mileham Primary School

There are fears that schools with just a few dozen pupils could soon be a thing of the past in rural Norfolk.

Councillors claim small schools don't perform as well as bigger ones and cost more to run.

In 2014 just under 68% of 10 and 11 year olds achieved the expected level 4 in reading, writing and maths at schools with fewer than 50 pupils.

That was more than six percentage points below the average for Norfolk schools - which was 74%.

Mileham Primary School in Mid Norfolk, which has just 28 pupils, is one that's ear-marked for closure. However parents and governors there say it would be a crime if it was shutdown.

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