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Open water swimming champ speaks to ITV Border

Adam Walker, the UK's premier open-water swimmer and an ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Society, is a man who has achieved some incredible feats.

As the only Brit - and one of four people in the world - to swim the Ocean Sevens, Adam's open-water swimming challenges have taken him all over the world.

He's been visiting our region to teach open-water swimming, and to inspire more people to take part in the sport.

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11-year-old students get a GCSE in maths

The students, Mia Oakes and Jack Byers, passed their GCSE maths exam five years early Credit: PA

Two students from Whitehaven have proved they're budding brainboxes, after passing their GCSE maths exam five years early.

Mia Oakes and Jack Byers took the exam this summer at the age of just 11 - after their school recommended them for the challenge. They now hope the results will help them in their new secondary schools.

Dumfries student aims for the moon

A student from Dumfries High School has beaten off hundreds of others to win a place at Nasa Space School in Houston.

16-year-old Jennifer Morris will fly to America next month to take part in the week-long programme. She'll meet astronauts, learn about space and find out how to make a career out of her passion.

Free meals for 15,000 Cumbrian children

Around 15,000 children in Cumbria from reception class to Year 2 got a free hot lunch when they went back to school today.

The Government has given Cumbrian schools more than a million pounds to spend on kitchen refurbishments and dining room extensions, to accomodate the extra numbers.

Some schools say they'll be out of pocket in paying more staff but for others it means they can provide free school meals for the first time. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

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Free school meals 'unacceptable' cost to taxpayers

Free school meals will be available to those in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Credit: PA

Around 15,000 children in Cumbria in reception to year 2 will get a free hot lunch when they go back to school.

Cumbria County Council says some children wouldn't otherwise get a hot meal so it's important to give children a good start in life, and helps their concentration in lessons.

However, the Institute of Economic Affairs warns it won't benefit families most in need:

“The launch of universal free school meals is an unacceptable use of taxpayers' money. Avenues of support already exist for those households in need and implementing such a policy will see the taxpayer fund the children of affluent families. The government would be better placed to introduce a £437 tax cut each year and provide parents with some choice.

If the government is serious about easing the cost of living for low and middle earners, providing free school meals is a poorly targeted tool which will do little to help those feeling the squeeze. Planning liberalisation and deregulating the energy sector to bring down the cost of fuel and property, is a far more effective way to reduce the financial burden on families.”

– Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs

Meal scheme allows school 'to think differently'

Around 15,000 children in Cumbria in reception to year two will get a free hot lunch when they go back to school.

The government's given Cumbrian schools £1.15million to spend on kitchen refurbishments and dining room extensions. Some schools say they'll be out of pocket in paying more staff but for others it means they can provide free school meals for the first time.

£7m unique school opens in Cumbria

Cumbria's newest secondary school has opened for business. Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington is the first of its kind in Cumbria.

The school focuses on engineering and technology and has close links with a range of employers. It's also different from traditional secondary schools in a number of other ways, as Katie Hunter reports.

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