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Royal Mail 'pulls out all the stops' to ensure exam results arrive on time

Scottish pupils celebrating their exam results Credit: PA

Thousands of exam certificates will drop through the doors of pupils across the South of Scotland today.

4000 teenagers in Dumfries and Galloway and 2500 in the Scottish Borders can expect the postman to deliver their SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority) results.

Derek Keir, Royal Mail's Head of Special Events Planning, said:

This is a massive day for every pupil in Scotland, waiting for their results.

All of our postmen and women, many of whom have children themselves, understand just how important this day is for families.

Our people pull out all the stops to ensure the results are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible.

– Derek Keir

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University of Cumbria staff go on strike

Exams will not be affected according to staff Credit: ITV Border

Staff at the University of Cumbria are walking out today as part of a wave of nationwide strike action in a row over pay and conditions.

The dispute comes after a pay rise offer of just over one per cent from the university's governing body.

According to the university, the strike will not affect exams during the one-day walkout.

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Exams 'won't be affected' by university strikes

University of Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

Strikes by staff at the University of Cumbria will cause disruption tomorrow, but will not affect exams, according to the university.

The forthcoming strike action proposed by UCU is part of a national dispute.

The University of Cumbria has discussed the matter constructively with UCU locally, and all parties are committed to handling the action and any associated impact in a responsible and sensible way.

The industrial action could potentially cause some disruption to formal teaching but submission of coursework and assignments as well as examinations will not be affected. The university is making every effort to mitigate any impact on students.

– A spokesperson for the university

Teachers Strike: Cumbrian school closures list

The National Union of Teachers, (NUT) has orchestrated the one-day strike. Credit: PA

Thousands of children in Cumbria are missing school today because their teachers are on strike.

Members of the teachers union the NUT are walking out as part of a national dispute with the Government over funding.

The strike means many schools across England are either shut or partially closed.

  • All Saints CofE School
  • Appleby Primary School
  • Barrow Island Community Primary
  • Bishop Harvey Goodwin
  • Brampton Primary School
  • Brook Street Primary School
  • Broughton Moor Primary School
  • Dent CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School
  • Derwent Vale Primary School
  • Kirkby Stephen Grammar School
  • Millom Infant School
  • Monkwray Junior School
  • Norman Street Primary School
  • Orgill Primary School
  • Ormsgill Primary School
  • Pennine Way Primary School
  • Robert Ferguson Primary School
  • Seaton St Paul's CofE Primary School
  • Shankhill CofE Primary School
  • St Begh's Catholic Junior School
  • St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School
  • St James' CofE Primary & Junior School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • St Patrick's CofE School
  • Thwaites School
  • Vickerstown School
  • Westfield Nursery and Primary School
  • Workington Academy

Borders school with five pupils left closes

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Eccles Leitholm primary school in Kelso has closed its doors after being left with just five pupils.

Scottish Borders Council has now decided to mothball the building for 12 months before deciding whether to close it for good.

Children have been educated in Eccles for the past 142 years, but pupil numbers have fallen steadily over the last three years.

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