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Leicester school pupils enjoying free school meals as part of new Government measures

Children starting at primary school have one extra thing this year to look forward to - free school meals.

It was brought in as part of a raft of government measures to try to improve what children eat. The hot meals will be available to all four to seven year olds at state schools.

Nancy Cole's been to one primary in Leicester to see how they've been tickling the youngsters tastebuds.

New school to open after £26m transformation

The transformed City of Leicester College, which will be opened today Credit: City of Leicester College

The City of Leicester College will be officially opened later, after a £26m transformation.

The new school includes an outdoor performance space.

The three mascots from the city's football, rugby and cricket teams will be there.

The transformed City of Leicester College, which will be opened today Credit: City of Leicester College

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Chatsworth trainee scheme for unemployed teens

Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme to give young unemployed people the opportunity to gain skills Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Chatsworth has launched a traineeship programme for unemployed youngsters, to give them the experience they need to secure a job.

Working with national training provider Babington Group, Chatsworth has introduced the 20-week programme to the first cohort of 12 young people aged from 16 to 19 years.

Designed for young unemployed people who have no work experience, the programme gives candidates the opportunity to work within different functional areas across the estate.

Traineeships involve visitor guiding, gardening, retail, and working in the farm shop and warehouse.

"Here at Chatsworth, we're keen to take an active part in helping young people in our local area into work."

– The Duke of Devonshire

Adee Phelan shows you can still achieve without top GCSEs

With GCSE results out today, what happens if you don't get the results you want?

Adee Phelan is an example of what you can still achieve. He quit school at age ten - and is now hairdresser to the rich and famous, including the Beckhams, with a TV show on the way.

And while he wouldn't advise it as a life choice, he says he is proof you can still become successful - without those A-C grades. Mark Gough has been talking to him.

Student with incurable genetic condition earns 5 A-C grades

Aisha attends Beauchamp College in Oadby Credit: ITV News Central

No-one was more delighted with their GCSE results today than 16-year-old Aisha Seedat.

The student from Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire has Morquio's Syndrome, a rare and incurable genetic condition which affects bone development and internal organs.

Aisha has spent her life going in and out of hospital and was also very poorly during the exams in June.

Aisha was pleased with her 5 A-C grades Credit: ITV News Central

With the support of her teachers, she has managed to complete her GCSE studies in mainstream education and was today rewarded with passes in five subjects, gaining an A, a B and three Cs. It means she can now stay on to take her A-levels.

Nine A* GCSEs for Derby cancer research student

Ellie Mandale from Derby picked up 9 A* grade GCSE results today Credit: Derby High School

A Derby student who is working in cancer research has been awarded 9 A* GCSE grades.

Ellie Mandale, of Longford, was one of the top achievers at Derby High School and said she was thrilled with her results.

The 16-year-old is in the middle of a work placement at a Nottingham University laboratory where scientists are looking at ways of detecting lung cancer early using blood tests.

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PICTURES: GCSE results day across the Midlands

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results Credit: ITV News Central

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results following a huge shake-up in the exam system.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed in module units and the January exams were also scrapped.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed Credit: ITV News Central

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire saw a slight fall in the number of students gaining 5 A*-C grades but experts say comparisons with previous years are virtually meaningless because of the scale of the reforms.

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the changes to exams though it was a record year for GCSEs at Haywood Academy in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent.

Haywood Academy Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of students get GCSE results today

Students will get their GCSE results today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Thousands of students across the region will get their GCSE results this morning.

They come after a major shake up to the exam system.

Students sat their exams at the end of their two years of study, instead of taking modules during their course.

Thomas Telford School celebrating achievement on GCSE results day

Pupils at the Thomas Telford School have achieved a UK first Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

As pupils across the West Midlands get their GCSE results this morning, one school in Telford will be celebrating an extra special achievement.

Thomas Telford School today becomes the first comprehensive school in the country where every year 11 student has achieved the benchmark of at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C, including Maths and English.

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