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History for free this weekend

They're normally closed to the public or charge admission but this weekend, venues across the south-east will be throwing open their doors to the public. The Heritage Open Days scheme is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with guided walks and tours throughout Kent, Sussex and Essex.

David Johns has been for a preview, speaking to historians Caroline Stanford and Chris Jones; heritage walks coordinator Fiona Woodfield and shop owner Sue Luck.

New Schools Commissioner for region promises tough action

The South East has its first Regional Schools Commissioner. He'll decide who gets to run academies and free schools and he's responsible for making sure they do a good job.

But it will be a tall order for Dominic Herrington - our fragmented education system means that in his region there are now more than 100 different organisations running over 650 academies as more and more schools opt out of local authority control.

* Two organisations running academies across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire have recently been heavily criticised by Ofsted for poor performance.

* The first failing free school to be shut down in the country was here in the South in Crawley earlier this year.

* And there's a vociferous campaign in Hove opposing academy conversion.

As his challenges begin - he gave his first exclusive interview to our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford.

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Two 15-year-old girls go missing from care home

Have you seen missing teenagers Sarah Eldridge and Chloe Newman?

The 15-year-olds have gone missing from a care home in Worthing and police are becoming increasingly concerned for their welfare.

Sarah is also 5' 5" and has very long dark brown hair. She was wearing a green jacket with a fury hood, black leggings and black Nike trainers.

Chloe is 5' 5" and has shoulder length curly blond hair. She was wearing a green jacket with black sleeves, jeans and black Adidas trainers.

Sarah Eldridge and Chloe Newman Credit: Sussex Police

The girls left the care home at about 4pm on Tuesday 9th September and we believe they travelled up to North London, probably on public transport. We think they could be in London but are unsure where they are staying and who they have been staying with. Because of their age, we are concerned for their safety and need to get in touch with them to check they are ok.

– PC Mark Green, Sussex Police

Anyone who sees either Sarah or Chloe should call 101 quoting serial 1560 of 09/09 to speak to Sussex Police or serial 2157 of 10/09 if you speak to the Metropolitan Police.

Dial 999 if you see either of the girls and believe they could be in danger.

Could Haydn's Wish be a Pride of Britain winner?

Emma Wileman, from Telscombe Cliffs near Brighton, set up the charity Haydn's Wish to research and highlight the link between allergies and asthma in children.

Her son Haydn's life was cut short at the age of just nine - due to an undiagnosed allergy to peanuts. She's now been nominated for a Pride of Britain award.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Emma, Dr Somnath Mukhopadhyay of Royal Alexander Children's Hospital, and we also hear from Dr Hilary Jones.

Police station converted into primary school

It's the first full week back at school for children across our region. And this year there's been huge pressure on places, especially at primary schools.

That's meant creating new classes and, in some cases, even more radical solutions. At Hove in Sussex, a disused police station has been converted at a cost of more than £2m. Malcolm Shaw reports.

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New test for schoolchildren in Kent

New test for Kent children

Thousands of ten and eleven year olds are tonight preparing to sit a new test to decide whether or not they win places at grammar school.

Kent County Council is changing its version of the Eleven Plus exam this year to try to ensure children pass on natural ability rather than because they've been coached to answer certain types of question.

But that hasn't stopped many parents spending over £2,000 on private tutoring.

Children to pass exams 'on natural ability'

Thousands of ten and eleven year olds are tonight preparing to sit a new test to decide whether or not they win places at grammar school. Kent County Council is changing its version of the Eleven Plus exam this year to try to ensure children pass on natural ability rather than because they've been coached to answer certain types of question.

Missing teenage girl 'travels by train' between towns

She is described as white, 5' 4" with very long blondish brown hair. She was last seen wearing a blue and black top, black leggings, black trainers and possibly carrying a brown bag. We know Emme travels by train between Bognor, Littlehampton and Chichester areas so we are appealing to people in that area to get in touch if they see her. We are becoming increasing concerned for her welfare. If anyone sees her or has information please call 101 quoting 1516 4/9.

– Sussex Police spokesperson
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