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GCSE results day in the North West

Students at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results.

We'll have a full roundup on the tears and joys of GCSE results day in the North West on Granada Reports at 6pm.

Students receive their GCSE reults at Wade Deacon High School on the Wirral Credit: ITV Granada

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Watch: Parents who beat the council who tried to fine them for kid's absence

These parents are calling on others who've been fined for taking their children out of school for holidays, to fight back.

Hannah and Neil Hynes hoped to save at least a thousand pounds on their holiday to Spain in May - but they were warned they faced a fine of £240.

But they challenged the fine and Manchester city council backed down.

This from our correspondent Amy Welch:

Watch headteacher get a flashmob style dance as she retires

A headteacher who was leaving her job after 34 years was treated to a surprise dance routine by pupils and staff.

Mrs Julie Heaton joined St Michaels CE Academy in Chorley in 1982 as a teacher of PE. She retires this year after being headteacher for 5 years.

Pupils of the school suggested organising a surprise dance routine to show their appreciation of Mrs Heaton's dedication to the school.

All pupils (over 1200 of them) and members of staff were taught the routine to Simply the Best by Tina Turner and on Thursday 21st July everyone gathered to surprise the Head.

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Parents project in Greater Manchester wins special award

A parents project in Greater Manchester is getting a special award. The Key To The Door Toys scheme provides vital advice and support to parents who're under 25.

The award is being presented by singer and TV presenter Kimberley Wyatt. Kimberley, who has an 18 month old daughter, will join one of the workshops and meet young parents and staff from the project.

The courses aim to improve parenting, life, and employability skills and enable people in the same situation to share their experiences.

Singer and TV presenter, Kimberley Wyatt Credit: pa

Watch: Youngsters across the region get their A-Level results

Students across the region have experienced the highs and lows of A-level results day, so important to the future of tens of thousands of young people across the north west. Record numbers of students have been offered places at university.

In our region there was a small increase in the exam pass rates, and in those awarded the top grades of A and A star. One girl even got offered a place at Oxford after overcoming mental illness.

This report from our correspondent Rob Smith.

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