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More schools needed in Southampton, says parents

Nearly 80% of Southampton parents have said they want a new school in the city, a new poll has revealed.

Over 100 parents responded to the poll carried out by New Schools Network, which found:

  • 54% felt schools could do more to adjust the curriculum to pupils' needs
  • 71% rated the lessons in local school as either good or very good
  • 63% thought their local school was good or very good at helping children succeed in exams
  • 49% felt schools could do more to maximise chances of pupils getting into university or getting a good job
  • 80% would welcome a new school in their community

Natalie Evans, Director of the New Schools Network, said:

Over 500 primary school places will be needed in Southampton by next September and the secondary school age population is expected to grow by 1,600 by 2019.

Despite this, Southampton currently has just one open free school. Rosewood Free School is a brilliant example of how free schools use their independence to provide a brilliant education to local children that is in keeping with the needs of their local community.

– Natalie Evans

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Duke of Gloucester to visit Primary School in Bracknell

Pupils and teachers at Crown Wood Primary School are preparing for a special visit from The Duke of Gloucester next week.

His Royal Highness, who is the grandson of George V and a first cousin of The Queen, will be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school on Tuesday November 18.

The Duke will be shown the new facilities, which include four classrooms, an extended dining room and much improved teaching accommodation and play areas.

The Dukewill be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school. Credit: PA

Janette Karklins, Director for Children, Young People and Learning, said:

Following extensive improvement works as part of the council’s Education Capital Programme, we are delighted to be welcoming The Duke of Gloucester to Crown Wood Primary School.

The improved facilities have already proved a hit with pupils at the school and they can’t wait to have a VIP in the building.

– Janette Karklins

Kent school opens memorial garden on Armistice Day

The Robert Napier School has opened a memorial garden

The Robert Napier School at Gillingham in Kent opened its memorial garden to day to mark Armistice Day. The garden has 64 remembrance crosses to commemorate the First World War. Students did the planting and the individual form classes raised money for a cross each.

The opening was done by the school's Junior Leadership Team, led by Head Girl Louise Parker and Head Boy Ryan Filtness.

Members of the school's Junior Leadership Team opened the garden

Record number of applications for Surrey schools

Surrey County Council has received a record number of applications for secondary school places.

Nearly 11,000 people applied for spots for next September - up more than 300 on last year.

It is the highest number since the online application system launched in 2004.

The council says unprecedented demand for extra places has left them facing a £215m funding gap.

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Surrey receives record number of secondary applications

Surrey County Council has received a record number of applications for secondary school places.

The 10,975 submitted by last Friday’s closing date (31 October) for places next September was the highest number since the launch of the online application system in 2004.

That figure was also nearly 300 more than the number submitted last year, early admissions figures indicate.

Staff at five universities in the South East go on strike

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University lecturers are due to go on strike today as part of an ongoing row over pensions .

Reading, Oxford, Brighton and Southampton Universities are all taking part, alongside seventy others around the country.

Hundreds of thousands of students could be affected by the disruption, which the University and College Union (UCU) has said will continue until the dispute is resolved.

The boycott means that students will not be set coursework, or receive formal marks and feedback on work. It will also bring any planned exams to a halt.

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