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Student village plans are rejected by council bosses

Plans to build a waterfront village which would have housed more than a thousand students in Hull have been rejected by Hull City Council.

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The campus would have been built on a 14 acre site at the now-derelict former St Andrew's fish Dock. But Hull Council's planning committee has voted unanimously against the development, saying the area was too remote for students and posed safety risks.

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Calls for controversial pub crawl to be stopped

Carnage UK Credit: Calendar

Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield and students union chiefs have joined the growing call for a controversial student pub crawl in the city to be scrapped.

Carnage UK, was behind a notorious event which ended with Sheffield student Philip Laing in court for urinating on a war memorial. Their latest Pimps and Hoes pub crawl has been branded offensive.

Lincolnshire GCSE results buck national trend

Provisional figures released today by Lincolnshire schools, including academies, show the overall number of pupils getting 5 or more A*-Cs (including English and Maths) in their GCSEs has increased this year by 0.8% to 63%. This compares to a national trend that shows a fall in GCSE grades.

Two schools, Caistor Grammar School Academy - for the third year running - and Boston High School, achieved 100% at 5+A-C (including English and Maths). Grantham Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School students achieved the highest grades A/A in at least five subjects.

Five schools made huge improvements of 10% or more on their results from last year in 5+A*-C grades – The King Edward VI Humanities College in Spilsby, William Lovell CE School at Stickney, Monks’ Dyke Technology College at Louth, Castle Academy in Lincoln and Banovallum School in Horncastle.

This is yet another outstanding year of results for Lincolnshire schools. It’s a truly incredible achievement by all young people, their teachers, parents and carers, especially in light of the national fall. The students should feel exceptionally proud of all their hard work._

– Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services

North Lincolnshire reports better than ever GCSE results

North Lincolnshire Council says pupils have achieved better than ever GCSE results with 56% of students achieving more than five grades at A* to C including English and Maths, a 4% increase on last year. The number of pupils achieving five A* to C grades in any subject is up from 87% to 91%.

Schools singled out for particular praise for their A* to C grades including English and Maths are:

  • Baysgarth School in Barton – 51% (6% increase)
  • Frederick Gough School in Scunthorpe – 60% (5% increase)
  • Sir John Nelthorpe School in Brigg – 75% (10% increase)
  • St Lawrence Academy in Scunthorpe – 55% (7% increase)
  • Vale Academy in Brigg – 70% (14% increase)

I want to congratulate students and our schools for collectively producing the best results ever. Student, teachers and support staff have worked hard to achieve these fantastic results. They all have a lot to be proud of. We are committed to driving up standards in education and we will continue to work with all our schools and academies to produce even better results.

– Cllr Rob Waltham, North Lincolnshire Council

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Racing driver has formula for success

William Foster gets his results online

Up and coming young racing driver William Foster is celebrating six A*s, three As and a B. The 16-year-old, who is a pupil at the Grammar School at Leeds, has been racing single-seater racing cars in Formula Vee this season and finished third in the national championships.

William started racing karts at the age of eight and progressed to cars at 14. He is currently the youngest driver in Formula Vee and has raced at major circuits all over the country. He is hoping to progress to Formula Renault next season with the ultimate aim of racing in Formula One.

William Foster on the race track
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