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Nottingham school Principal: Justice has been done

The Principal of the school in Nottingham, who has been told today that his school will finally be rebuilt, says justice has been done.

Staff and pupils at Top Valley Academy have been waiting for more than four years for areas of the site to be rebuilt.

Peter Brown says the announcement that contractors have been appointed to start work next year means that children at Top Valley will soon be 'on a level playing field' with those at other nearby schools where improvements to buildings have already been made.


Picture shows how Nottingham school could look after rebuild

This picture shows how a school in Nottingham could look after it is rebuilt.

How the school is expected to look once rebuilt Credit: ITV News Central

Top Valley Academy has been waiting for four years, but it has finally been told that contractors have been appointed to rebuild the site. Work is due to begin in Spring.

Top Valley as it looks now Credit: ITV News Central

Warwick student protestors ordered to leave by High Court

Student protestors at the University of Warwick have been ordered by a High Court repossession order to end their sit-in.

Protesters were occupying the Roots Building at the university for more than a week.

The protest was held over the way a previous anti-fees demonstration was broken up.

West Midlands Police is investigating whether 'disproportionate force' was used in the original protest.

Three people were arrested during the disorder at the original Coventry campus protest on Wednesday 3rd December.

We are glad the protest has now ended peacefully

– Peter Dunn, University of Warwick spokesman

People have been forced to go because the university has effectively made them criminals if they stay.

– Hattie Craig, national campaigner against student fees

Main headlines from OFSTED report in West Midlands

The main headlines from the OFSTED report for the West Midlands have been revealed.

The quality of secondary schools is inconsistent across the region Credit: PA
  • The proportion of good or outstanding primary schools in the West Midlands continued to increase in the past year
  • Nearly eight out of 10 children in the West Midlands attend a primary school that is good or outstanding. However, almost 100,000 primary aged children attend schools that are less than good.
  • The West Midlands performs broadly in line with England as a whole at secondary level, with 70% of schools judged good or outstanding
  • The quality of secondary schools is inconsistent across the region; only in five local authority areas have there been improvements in the past 12 months. In some local authorities only just over half of secondary school pupils.
  • Despite a strong improvement in the performance of further education providers, 12 colleges are still not good enough
  • School-to-school support needs to be extended to all LA areas to help headteachers develop their knowledge and leadership
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships need to engage more meaningfully with the FE sector
  • Birmingham will remain a focus of Ofsted’s work in the region to ensure a safe learning environment for young people


Main headlines from OFSTED report in East Midlands

The main headlines from the OFSTED report for the East Midlands have been revealed.

79% of primary schools are rated good or outstanding Credit: PA
  • 70% of secondary schools are rated good or outstanding
  • 79% of primary schools are rated good or outstanding
  • But this is slightly down on the national average
  • Only 33% of children who get free school meals obtain 5 A* - C grades at GCSE
  • That is compared to 63% who don't take free school meals obtaining 5 A* - C grades

Amnesty slams police over Warwick sit-in actions

File photo. Amnesty International has said it is concerned West Midlands Police is becoming 'trigger happy' in its use of Tasers Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Amnesty International has criticised police action against students at a Warwick University demonstration.

In a statement the charity, which works to protect human rights against state abuse, said it was worried West Midlands Police were becoming "trigger-happy" with Tasers.

Protest group Warwick For Free Education said it was staging a peaceful sit-in at Warwick University's Senate House over rising tuition fees and high wages for university management when police arrived with Tasers and CS gas.

But a spokesman for the university said that security staff who were supervising the sit-in were subject to a "shocking and unprovoked act of violence" which forced them to call in police.

A 24-year-old protester was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a security guard and two others, aged 19 and 24, were arrested for obstructing police.

All three have now been released on bail.

"Videos of the incident and accounts from several eyewitnesses raise serious concerns about whether the police acted heavy-handedly and seriously endangered people at the scene.

"Eyewitnesses report that CS gas was used in a relatively confined space against peaceful protesters posing no threat, while one police officer is clearly seen discharging a Taser into the air for a prolonged period - an action that could have caused serious injury if gas had been ignited.

"A Taser is only supposed to be used by police as a 'distance-control' weapon when confronting dangerous individuals - it should never be used as a crowd-control device.

"West Midlands police already use Tasers more than any other police force in England and Wales and we're increasingly concerned that its officers are misusing the weapon. "We're not against CS gas or Tasers if used by well-trained police officers trying to prevent a death or a serious injury, but we're worried that West Midlands Police are becoming increasingly trigger-happy with Tasers."

– Amnesty International UK arms control director Oliver Sprague

Police said they would investigate the contents of the videos and have insisted that the Taser was drawn as a warning, but was not pointed at anybody, and was not fired.

Police release statement on Warwick student protest

File photo. Police have released a statement defending their actions at a Warwick University student protest Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Midlands Police force has released a statement defending its actions at a Warwick University student protest yesterday.

The force says officers were sent to Senate House because they were told that a member of university staff had been assaulted.

Three men were arrested and have been released on bail. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a security guard, while the two others - who were 19 and 24 years old, were arrested for obstructing police.

Police say although a taser was drawn during the altercation, it was not fired and it was not pointed at anybody. But officers did use CS spray against a group who were "advancing on officers".

The group had been staging a sit-in protest at the university's Senate House building over tuition fees.

"Police officers are highly trained in dealing with all public order situations and using appropriate levels of force. "We are aware of videos of the protest being circulated on social media sites.

"We expect the highest standards from all officers, and if any officer is found to have fallen below these standards, they will be thoroughly investigated."

– Coventry Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Claire Bell
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