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Headteacher says '... we'll pick ourselves up and move forward' after school fire

A school in Sussex is due to reopen again today after a suspected arson attack. The Yapton Church of England Primary School near Arundel was shut after an outbuilding was set alight on Saturday.

The Sussex Police and the fire service are investigating. The headteacher, Nick Sharp, thanked the local community for its support and said the school would open today, and the reception classes would be moved to the hall instead.

A statement on the school website said that there are fenced off areas on the way onto the school grounds and reception class children will need to be dropped off at the main hall doors on the playground.

Head resigns amid row over school's future

The headteacher at the centre of a damaging row about plans for the future of her school has resigned.

Jane Robinson had planned to turn Simon Langton Girls Grammar School into an academy but an investigation was launched after accusations that she had failed to follow proper procedures - and complaints were received about her leadership. Sarah Saunders reports from Canterbury.


Drivers to lose jobs after being caught in mobile crackdown

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Almost one hundred drivers have been caught using their phone at the wheel in week-long crackdown across Dorset.

Officers issued ninety-two fixed penalty notices during the campaign which ran from Wednesday 1st to Tuesday 7th March, with offenders being handed six penalty points and a £200 fine.

From 1st March 2017, the government double the penalties for the offence from three penalty points - to six - and from a £100 to a £200 fine. In addition, drivers are no longer eligible for a driver awareness course and have to either accept the penalty or take their case to court. New drivers now have to retake their test if caught within two years of getting their licence.

We began the campaign week with a targeted operation involving a team of 12 traffic officers who caught 42 drivers in just six hours. This enforcement involved the use of both marked and unmarked vehicles, and spotters in plain clothes a distance away from our check point.

As a result of using their phone at the wheel, several drivers will now be losing their licence and a few people will even lose their jobs.”

– Sergeant Joe Pardey, Dorset Police traffic unit

Headteacher warns of school 'funding crisis'

An Oxfordshire headteacher has warned that her school and others like it face a funding crisis that will mean bigger class sizes and extra work for teachers.

Catharine Darnton, of Gillotts School, in Henley-on-Thames, says she's already made huge cutbacks.

Teachers today raised their concerns at the Association of School and College Leaders conference, saying they may have to move to a four day week, or ask parents to donate cash.

Sam Holder takes a look at what it means for schools and their pupils.

Sam spoke to the headteacher at Gillotts School, Catharine Darnton, science teacher Simon West and the headteacher of Forest School Mary Sandell who was speaking last month.


Alfie gets into the spirit of World Book Day

Alfie is dressed up as Harry O'Hay Credit: Natalie Boare

Thousands of children across the region are dressing up in celebration of World Book Day.

Three-year-old Alfie Boare from Southampton is dressed up as Harry O'Hay from The Scarecrows' Wedding.

Each year schools are invited to embrace the event. The World Book Day Award challenge also encourages schools to create their own 'world of stories' inspired by a children's book.

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