Hundreds of pupils took to the streets of Sheffield today to form a human food chain from outside their school gates , a mile across the city, to a charity's warehouse.
All 1400 children from All Saints Roman Catholic High School linked up to pass tinned food down the line -and they were all kept in line by a mobile banana, as Martin Fisher reports.
A row has broken out over plans to expand schools in Guiseley in West Yorkshire. A consultation process is underway, but parents say the two existing schools are not big enough to redevelop. Instead they want a new school to be built to cope with the growing demand for places.
A North Yorkshire primary school and a secondary school from Lincolnshire are among some of the best in the country when it comes to attendance records. The Department of Education has published statistics on absence for the 2011-12 academic year.
And they show that Great Ouseburn Community Primary School is fifth in the table of primary schools with the best attendance records in England, and Caistor Grammor School in Lincolnshire ninth in the table of Secondary schools.
Almost 60,000 fewer children were persistently absent from school last year. The decline follows the Government’s decision to lower the persistent absence threshold from 20 per cent of school missed to 15 per cent of school missed so that heads can step in earlier to tackle problems.
If children are are not in school they cannot learn. Too many children are still missing too many lessons. We must continue to tackle poor attendance and make sure every pupil gets a good education.
Sheffield City Council is backing plans to rebuild two primary schools. Fox Hill Primary on Powey Road will be rebuilt on the same site as the existing school. The old school will then be demolished.
Prince Edward Primary School, on City Road, will also be rebuilt on part of the existing school site and part of a cleared Council housing site. The future of the cleared site will be discussed at a later date.
Pupils will be able to continue with their studies in both cases and will have minimal disruption while work is carried out. All staff will retain their jobs as well.
"It is great to be able to rebuild these two schools that need lots of improvements. Research has shown a good educational environment improves educational attainment and behaviour."
For a list of school closure in East Yorkshire click here
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School closures in Derbyshire so far:-
Matlock Bath Holy Trinity Primary School
Park Infant and Nursery
Park Junior School
Bramley Vale Primary School
Frederick Gent School - but open to pupils takeing GCSE ICT Exam only.
Whitwell Primary School
For the latest school closures in Leeds, click here.
Only one in five children in Barnsley is attending a good or outstanding secondary school.
It is not much better news in Bradford, according to a report out today by Ofsted. The two authorites came bottom of a table showing the percentages of pupils attending good or outstanding secondary schools in their local authority.
And Wakefield was amongst the worst when it came to primary education. Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says children are victims of a postcode lottery in gaining a decent education.