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School celebration as extension is officially opened

A Hampshire school has has its new extension officially opened.

Locks Heath Infant School's new facilities include three new class rooms, improved staff accommodation, an enlarged accessible toilet and a canopied pathway.

Today the school held a celebration fayre where parents and pupils at both the infant and junior schools were invited.

ITV News Meridian spoke to Headteacher Catherine Butcher.


Students pay rent of up to £300 a week in luxury studios with ensuites, gyms - and even a cleaner

As the shortage of rented accommodation grows and students demanding ever higher standards, business is booming for private landlords who build purpose built blocks and offer top-end luxury. Christine Alsford reports on the rise and rise of the luxury student pad costing up to 300 pounds a week. She spoke to tenants at Unilife and Vita Student in Southampton about why they're prepared to pay upwards of £10,000 a year for a roof over their heads.


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Plea from father of autistic girl

A father from Kent says his wife killed herself after the strain of looking after their autistic daughter became too much when they didn't get the help they wanted from social services.

Daniel Barnett's wife Carol had a history of depression and alcohol problems but, he says, the authorities should have done more for their daughter.

He wants Kent County Council to send her to a specialist residential school to help her develop - the council says she's better off at home. David Johns has the story.

Surrey named University of the Year in national survey

The University of Surrey in Guildford has been named University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times 'Good University Guide'

It came top in the 'best teaching' and 'best student experience' categories, and eighth in terms of academic league tables.

Credit: University of Surrey

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 praised the University for being one of “the most innovative universities in the UK: reducing its dependence on state funding, investing £400m to develop the campus in Guildford, and launching a joint venture in China”, as well as “a new £45m veterinary school”.

It also commended its low dropout rate and commitment to undergraduates from poor socio-economic groups.

Oxford dropped from joint first to second in academic achievement Credit: PA

Oxford University dropped from joint first place to second, behind Cambridge in the league tables, while the Universities of Southampton and Sussex both made the top twenty.

In terms of student satisfaction, Buckingham came 7th over all.

One million visitors to Mary Rose Museum

Mary Rose museum has welcomed its one millionth visitor Credit: ITV Meridian

It's only been open for two years but the Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard has welcomed its one millionth visitor.

The £35m building has re-united Henry VIII's flagship with thousands of the artefacts found when the 16th Century hull was raised from the Solent 31 years ago.

£35m building has re-united Henry VIII's flagship with thousands of artefacts Credit: ITV Meridian
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