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Compliments to the young Kelso chefs

Albert Roux judged the Rotary Young Chef Competition Credit: Phil Wilkinson Photography

Pupils from Kelso High School in the Borders have had a Home Economics class to remember.

Sixteen teenagers have been competing in the Rotary Young Chef Competition judged by world-renowned chef Albert Roux.

Mr Roux, the first chef in the UK to win three Michelin Stars said:

I was overwhelmed by the standard of cooking by our young cooks, who have shown they have the raw talent and determination to become the chefs of the future."

– Albert Roux, celebrity chef
Karrie Petty from Kelso won the competition Credit: Phil Wilkinson Photography

Pupils from Kelso High School have been working towards the competition throughout the school year with support from the home economics department.

Karrie Petty, 16, was the winner with her grilled mackerel, butter cabbage and sweet potato with an autumn raspberry tart with almond pastry for dessert:

I'm really pleased. I didn't expect to win."

– Karrie Petty, Kelso High student and winner of the young chef competition

Karrie and the runner up Katie Fairgrieve will now got through to the next round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition.

Albert Roux will be the judge of that

Celebrity chef Albert Roux will judge the competition Credit: PA

Pupils from a Scottish Borders school will be trying to impress a legendary celebrity chef with their culinary skills today.

Albert Roux is judging Kelso High School's Rotary Young Chef Competition.

There are sixteen pupils competing. They will cook a two-course meal with the hope of being crowned the winner.

Energy Coast college re-opens after illness

The college was closed. Credit: ITV Border

A college in Workington has re-opened, after it was closed, and the emergency services called, because of a sudden outbreak of illness.

The Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington had to be evacuated on Thursday.

Emergency services were called, and one pupil was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Tests did not find any cause for the problem, but it has been suggested the illnesses were caused by a virus.

School: concerns with uniform 'resolved'

William Howard School have released the statement. Credit: ITV Border

The head of William Howard School says "all our students have now had any outstanding concerns with uniform resolved".

The school released this statement today:

The first day of term saw only eighty students not complying with the advised uniform guidelines. This was a small percentage of our overall student number and more than half of the discrepancies were resolved that day.

Today we have continued to provide help and assistance to the small number of students who arrived at school this morning with minor uniform infringements.

I am now pleased to confirm that all our students have now had any outstanding concerns with uniform resolved at William Howard School and all have settled into the new academic year with enthusiasm.

Students, parents and staff reacted quickly and positively to resolve any problems and I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved.”

– Domenic Volpe, Head of William Howard School


Pupil misses lessons because 'trousers too tight'

The school uniform debate is continuing today, with tens of parents, and pupils, contacting ITV Border about being excluded from lessons at William Howard School.

The school says that 80 pupils were spoken to about their uniforms on the first day back from term, and that it's helping parents to ensure their children have the right uniform.

Hollie Coopey, 14, is a pupil at the school. She was told her trousers were too tight:

Well, apparently they're too tight, and they're not the same length all the way down.

It's ridiculous, it's not fair. It's just frustrating, because they're saying they teach us like individuals and they've always taught us to express ourselves, but they're practically saying that we can't express ourselves any more."

– Hollie Coopey, pupil at William Howard School

School uniform debate: your views

School uniforms are sparking a fierce debate. Credit: ITV Border

Parents say hundreds of pupils at William Howard School, in Brampton, were put in isolation because of problems with their school uniform.

The Head at the school denies this, and says 80 pupils were spoken to on the first day of term, and 40 the following day.

You've been posting your views on our Facebook page, and there's been a mixed response, with many parents speaking about their own children's experiences:

If the school has a uniform all pupils should wear it properly, it's the parents that should supervise the children's dressing before they leave the house."

– Trudi Harris on Facebook

A lot of these students have their own minds and no matter what the parents say they are going to do what they want.

Why don't the teachers wear some sort of uniform, if the kids have to. It will show that they can follow rules too. It's all about learning not what they are wearing or what they look like surely."

– Hazel Barnes on Facebook

Over 400 children at William Howard put in isolation yesterday including my 12 year old daughter, for 6 hours, because her trousers were too tight fitting over her thighs.

Went in and demanded a meeting with the head. They gave me new trousers."

– Anna Stewart on Facebook

My granddaughter had spent the day in isolation as her trousers were too tight, why did they take four hours to phone parents?

400+ pupils taken out of lessons is outrageous, some children were in there because they had the wrong socks on!!"

– Sue Atkin on Facebook

Parents know what the uniform is, they buy it. No skinny trousers, charcoal grey means just that! It's your fault just buy the correct uniform."

– Nicola Woodmass on Facebook

School: only '80 pupils' spoken to about uniform

The school has hit back. Credit: PA

The head of William Howard School has rejected claims from parents that hundreds of pupils were sent home, or put into isolation, because of their uniform.

Domenic Volpe says that 80 pupils were "spoken to" about their uniform on the first day of term, and 40 students the following day.

He says no pupils have been excluded, and "no students were sent home as a result of uniform policy".

William Howard is one of the highest performing secondary schools in the county, with 1500 students. We pride ourselves on fostering a positive working environment offering not only academic success but also opportunities for students to experience a whole range of exciting activities. The school has always set high standards in all areas, including uniform. Our expectation is that all students should attend school in the approved uniform.

In July 2015, in preparation for the new term, a letter was sent out, reminding parents of our expectations in relation to school uniform. This was overtly welcomed by many parents. Students were also reminded of the school policy at assemblies prior to the summer break. This was followed up in our welcome assemblies on Tuesday, 8 September when we reiterated our expectations about uniform to the students.

On the first day of term - Tuesday 8 September - there were 80 students, mainly in the upper school, who unfortunately did not return with the correct uniform. After the morning assembly, these students were spoken to about the lack of conformity with the policy. The school then made every effort to resolve any issues, including assistance with providing school uniform including shoes.

Today, Wednesday, 9 September, the numbers have dropped to 40 students who are still not wearing the correct uniform. This rapid reduction has been achieved because of fantastic support from parents and carers who have been working with the school to endorse our uniform policy.

The school will resolve the small number of outstanding concerns with parents in the next couple of days.

During this period any students affected have been given appropriate work to complete. The aim is to get students fully integrated back into the school community as soon as possible. This approach has been warmly welcomed by the vast majority of the school community. I would like to thank all parents for their support.

No students have been excluded from school while the uniform issues are being resolved.

No students were sent home as a consequence of the uniform policy.

– Domenic Volpe, Head of William Howard School
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