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Test results for 11-year-olds announced

Test results announced today Credit: ITV

Thousands of schools across the South will find out how they fared in national tests for 11-years-olds this morning.

This year, they had to meet tougher new standards set by the government - nationally around 800 schools are thought to have not made the grade.

Primary school classes to protect children from harm

Children in Oxfordshire are being given classes in how to protect themselves against bullies and anyone else who may mean them harm. The new initiative called 'Values Versus Violence' is being trialled at twelve primary schools across the county.

Among the problems they are being taught to deal with are trouble at home, and how to speak up if they or their friends are victims of abuse.The authorities in the area have come under criticism in recent years over how they tackle child protection. Kate Bunkall was at the launch:

New clock tower unveiled at Brighton College - 125 years late!

Clock tower ready for unveiling Credit: ITV news

Brighton college is to unveil a new clock tower, later which will greet students and visitors at its entrance. The construction of the gatehouse tower, which was funded entirely by donations, was delayed by 125 years - due to lack of funds.

The Gatehouse Tower was supposed to be the crowning glory of architect Sir Thomas Graham Jackson's late 19th century additions to Brighton College (which was built in 1845) but a shortage of funds meant his creation was never finished. Last year, the school engaged historic building specialists to complete the original design of the tower externally.

The unveiling will be a colourful affair, with Mandarin teacher Thomas Godber leading the ceremony, which will see him arrive on a horse-drawn carriage and dressed in 19th century costume. He will conduct a blessing of the tower with the help of pupils and the entire school community will sing a specially-composed "Tower Rap" and do a dance to honour to welcome the tower. This will be followed by an Indian-themed electric violin solo played from the top of the tower. The climax of the event will be the releasing of hundreds of balloons and the purple cloth removed from the tower to reveal it in all its glory. A particularly stunning facet of the new tower will be the elegant clock on the north side and sundial on the south side.

Parents protest for new school in Benenden

Benenden school pupils protest over new building Credit: Benenden CEP

More than 50 parents and children waving banners and placards have protested on the green in Benenden about the need for a new village school.

Benenden Primary has planning permission for an entirely new school to replace its crumbling buildings – but no funding.

The school is currently split across two sites - one dating back to the 17th century - and children have to cross the busy main road through the village to walk between them. It currently has no school hall or dining hall, and no kitchen.

The Department for Education is in the process of considering which schools will be awarded funding for new buildings.


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Latest People's Millions winners celebrate

For the ninth year running, ITV has teamed up with the Big Lottery Fund - to give away up to fifty thousand pounds to a project that could enhance a community near you.

Sarah Saunders presented a cheque for £50,000 to winners Base Camp, for their project at the Royal British Legion village in Aylesford. She spoke to campaigner Liz Rickaby.

Students pay up to £10,000 in rent

Now how much would you be prepared to pay for your son or daughter's university digs? How about ten thousand pounds a year? Providing top quality halls of residence is now being seen as one of the most effective ways to attract students who pay rent of hundreds of pounds a week on top of tuition fees.

In the Meridian region in the last three years alone more than three thousand extra rooms have been created for rent. And it's so lucrative, some private companies are even getting in on the act - one block has just opened in Southampton that charges rent of around £250 a week for its most exclusive student apartments. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford spoke to students at the University of Reading, the university's Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, University of Sussex student union representative Mark Segalov and student Shlok Sachar who lives in a Vita Student apartment.

How many new rooms for students in the South?

Universities across the South are investing heavily in student accommodation.

Good quality halls of residence are being seen as a key battleground in the fight to attract students.

Here are details of how some of our universities are expanding provision this year: University of Oxford - 200 new rooms; University of Kent - 416 new rooms; Buckinghamshire New University - 180 new rooms; University of Reading - 649 new rooms.

Many universities are investing heavily in new student accommodation Credit: ITV Meridian

School relives the wartime experience

The whole school is taking part in a week long commemoration of World War 1, there are various activities taking place all week. Activities include performances and workshops presented by the Groundlings Theatre Company and the creation of a piece of artwork made of a clay that will serve as a permanent commemoration.

Children ended the week by taking part in football matches to recreate the Christmas Day truce. The week started with the whole school dressing up in period costume for assembly. In the grounds of the school children had the opportunity to experience what life in the trenches was like, with a mock up of a section of a trench system. There was also a large military marquee turned into a museum featuring artefacts from WW1.

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