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Hambledon Primary School celebrates new classroom

Improvements were also made to the outdoor part of the school. Credit: Hambledon Primary School

A brand new extension onto Hambledon Primary School was celebrated yesterday afternoon.

The school changed its age limit from seven to 11 in September 2013 and has since been expanding. This is the first year the school will have full classes up to year six.

Honoured guests and members of the local community joined pupils and staff in celebrating the new learning space yesterday.

The new classroom provides a wonderful environment for learning and will help our growing school provide the very best education for our pupils.”

– Paul Davies, Head Teacher

£10 million for Southampton’s ‘digital centre of excellence’

Southampton General Hospital continues to achieve excellence. Credit: ITV News

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust will receive £10 million on being named a ‘digital centre of excellence.’

The trust is one of twelve across the country that has been given the title by the Department of Health.

The £10 million will be spread over a period of four years to pioneer innovations in information management and technology.


Record-breaking number of students for Reading

A record-breaking amount of students for Reading Credit: ITV

More than 4,000 undergraduate students have enrolled at Reading University this September - 300 more than last year. The university saw a 74% growth in offers.

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: "I am delighted to see the University of Reading bucking national trends with a record high intake.

"Against the uncertainty of Brexit, the outlook for Reading is good. We have, and will always have, global ambitions and an international outlook.”

Analysis: Grammar school debate: the view from Westminster

The issue was debated in Parliament today Credit: ITV

The Prime Minister's told Tory MPs she wants to open new grammar schools if local people want them. But she says they must attract pupils from less well-off backgrounds.

There are 45 grammar schools in Kent - That could change - but not without a huge political row.

Phil Hornby sent us this from Westminster.

We heard from Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary, Dover MP Charlie Elphicke, Darren Johnson MP for Dartford and Helen Whateley MP, Faversham and Mid Kent


New grammar schools on the cards?

Speculation is rife that the government will repeal 40 year old laws banning the setting up of new grammar schools within weeks. It follows the sighting of a confidential document yesterday The new Prime Minister Theresa May attended a grammar school for part of her education - and has backed the idea of a grammar school expanding in her constituency. But as the academic year gets under way, the latest developments are igniting old arguments about a two tier education system. Here's our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford

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