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Apprenticeships attract more "smart" students

With students typically leaving university with debts of over £40,000 more and more teenagers are looking at apprenticeships as an alternative. One company in the Thames Valley has expanded its programme from just 6 young people to 58.

Christine Alsford went to meet a high flying quartet of apprentices in Reading who opted for earning and learning - and say they'll have skills, experience AND a degree.

New CCTV patrol to target parents who flout school zigzag rules

Children are being put at risk by people who park their cars on zigzag lines Credit: ITV News

A local authority is introducing new measures to clampdown on drivers who flout the rules by parking on zigzag lines outside schools.

From September, Southampton City Council's new CCTV-equipped car will patrol the city targeting vehicles that stop unlawfully outside school entrances.

Parents and teachers are set to welcome the move, introduced following complaints and concerns that children's safety is being put at risk by people who park irresponsibly.

The council will also be using the CCTV car to clampdown on illegal parking at bus stops.

We work closely with schools and the police to tackle irresponsible parking, but the problem tends to return once patrols have left the area. We are committed to improving road safety around our schools and at bus stops and we hope the presence of the highly visible camera car will act as a deterrent to those who break the rules and encourage them to park safely and legally.

This initiative is about stopping dangerous parking not about collecting fines so our message is clear - park legally and responsibly and you won’t face a fixed penalty notice.”

– Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport


Man behind controversial IOW 'inbreeding' comments resigns

David Hoare has resigned with immediate effect Credit: PA

An education chief who made controversial comments about people living on the Isle of Wight has resigned.

David Hoare, chairman of Ofsted, had branded the island a "ghetto", claiming there had been "inbreeding". His comments, made earlier this month, caused offence to the island's residents.

Hoare contacted the leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Jonathan Bacon, to make a personal apology.

Today, he announced he will stand down from his role. Here is his statement:

I have today informed the Secretary of State that I will be resigning from my position as Chair with immediate effect.

It has been a great privilege to chair the Ofsted Board for the past two years. I am pleased that the organisation now has an excellent Board in place with expertise across all of our remit areas, including early years and further education.

I am also pleased that Ofsted has recruited a strong new Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, who is due to take over from Sir Michael in January. We have also been able to agree the strategic priorities for Ofsted, focusing on improving the life chances for the disadvantaged children of our country. I will miss working with an excellent team, making a real difference.”

– David Hoare

Emotional day for thousands of A-level students

It's been an emotional and nerve-racking day for thousands of teenagers - and parents - across the region as A-level results were published.

In the South, the overall pass rate was slightly up, while the number of students getting the top grades of A and A-star was down a fraction.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford was with students as they found out how they'd done.

Interviewees: Alice and Florence Sanders White, identical twins.

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A-Levels results day in the South East

Two years of learning and revision end with a nervous wait. Today students across the South East lined up to find out their A-level results.

Despite warnings grades could be unpredictable this year a record number of students have been accepted on university courses

Students from Vardean College in Brighton have cause for celebration. The overall pass rate was more than ninety eight per cent with eighty one per cent achieving A-star to C grades - improving on last year's results. And Sarah Saunders report begins there.


Sparkling results on the Isle of Wight

Ben Currie received outstanding results Credit: Cowes Enterprise College

Sparkling performances from Ben Currie and Henry Pritchett were the headlines from Cowes Enterprise College sixth form.

Ben achieved an outstanding triple A* result in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics, supported by an A grade in AS-level Chemistry.

Ben has a pick of university courses, and has decided to read Physics at Imperial College, London.

Henry Pritchett came very close to matching Ben’s performance, with A* grades in Mathematics and Physics and A grades in Further Mathematics and AS Chemistry.

A-level successes for Queen Anne's School

Special honours for Gabby Woodward Credit: Queen Anne's School

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, says it is pleased to report another year of excellent academic success with a set of A-level exam results for 2016 that the girls can be extremely proud of.

"We congratulate all of our Upper Sixth on their tremendous achievements, which have delivered 64% of all grades at A*, A or B. In true Queen Anne’s style, we have some outstanding stories of brilliant academic achievement alongside real sporting, musical anddramatic triumphs.

Gabby Woodward from Beconsfield, Buckinghamshire, will go on to study Music at Worcester College, Oxford University, with a choral scholarship having received 2 A* grades in English Literature and Music and an A grade in Mathematics.

She composed a piece which premiered at a special 100th year anniversary concert commemorating The Battle of Jutland and The Battle of the Somme.

Anxious night ahead for A-level students

For thousands of A-level students who took exams at the beginning of the summer, the wait is nearly over - as tomorrow they get their results. Every year grades seem to improve, so will 2016 continue the trend?

With some headteachers warning results could be the most unfair in a generation because of changes to the appeals process, students will be on tenterhooks. Christine Alsford reports.

Interviewees: A level student and rally driver Catie Munnings; Ben Edmonds and Alisha Brown, A-level students; Timothy Jackson, College Principal at Andover College in Hampshire; and Professor Alan Smithers, Director, Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham.

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