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Fiver-year-old academy relaunched in Bexhill

A new school in Sussex was opened to great fanfare only five years ago, with almost forty million pounds being spent on the project. Its theory was unique - teaching three lessons at once in a giant classroom.

Bexhill Academy soon, however, ran into trouble, with poor Oftsed reports. Now the Academy has been relaunched, with another six million pounds due to be spent.

The school's new sponsor is assuring worried parents that it will learn from mistakes of the past. Andy Dickenson reports.

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Confused about who is saying what on education? You're not alone....

Each political party is offering something different on education at this election. But do voters know who wants to scrap tuition fees all together - and who wants to just fund degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine? Christine Alsford finds out...

Interviewees include: students in Portsmouth, parents at the Footsteps playgroup in Hayling Island, education experts Professor Daniel Muijs (University of Southampton) and Neil Carberry, (Director of Education and Skills at the CBI) plus students from City College in Southampton.

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Kent Kids learn in London in capacity crisis.

For the first time, children in parts of Kent are being allocated school places in London, because there aren't enough places locally.

Kent County Council has sent letters to 53 pupils in Dartford saying there aren't enough places at any of their secondary school choices, and that the London Borough of Bexley is the nearest and best alternative.

David Johns reports, speaking to parents Sue Bull, Richard and Tracey Robertson, and Kent County Councillor Roger Gough.

Sir Anthony Seldon leaves Wellington for Buckingham

Sir Anthony has been at Wellington for nine years Credit: Wellington College

The distinguished headmaster of Berkshire's Wellington College, Sir Anthony Seldon, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham.

Sir Anthony is a historian and one of the country's most respected education experts.

He'll take over in September.

Sir Anthony will take over in September Credit: University of Buckingham

“We are very pleased indeed at this announcement. Sir Anthony has transformed two large independent schools, Brighton College and Wellington College, and made each of them formidably strong institutions. He is also a distinguished academic in his own right, and pioneer in the fields of contemporary history, political science and positive psychology. We believe he has the mixture of leadership, innovation and academic track record to make the University of Buckingham one of Britain’s leading universities.”

– Lady Keswick, Chancellor

“I am delighted to be taking over at the University of Buckingham, which my father, Arthur Seldon CBE, helped to found 40 years ago. There are many exciting developments already in train at Buckingham, including the new medical school. I am looking forward to building on the excellent work of Professor Terence Kealey, and working with the outstanding staff to make it a truly pioneering academic institution.”

– Sir Anthony Seldon
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Thousands of school places handed out

It's been a tense day for parents whose children go to school for the first time this September - as they've been finding out if their sons and daughters have got into the infant and primary classes they wanted.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on the relief and disappointment. She spoke to mum Charlotte Howard and other parents, Ty Goddard from The Education Foundation, Hampshire County Council's Director of Children's Services, John Coughlan, and headteacher Libby Wyatt.

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Public survey open for the Heights Primary

People can now have their say on a permanent home for the Heights Primary in Reading Credit: The Heights Primary

The Public Survey phase of the on-going consultation to find a permanent home for The Heights Primary School is now open.

The survey opened at 9.30am this morning and can be filled in at http://beta.reading.gov.uk/schoolsite

The Government’s Education Funding Agency (EFA) has selected five possible sites for a permanent location for the school and has asked Reading Borough Council to carry out a public consultation on its behalf.

The Public Survey is now the opportunity for people to tell the EFA which of the five sites they prefer, and the reasons for their choice.

The EFA’s five preferred sites are:

  • High Ridge, Upper Warren Avenue
  • Mapledurham Playing Fields
  • Albert Road Recreation Ground
  • Shipnells Farm (better known as Bugs Bottom)
  • Dysons Farm (Land at the junction of Shepherd’s Lane and Kidmore Road)

The Public Survey is open for just over one month and the deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday May 1st. When the survey is complete, Reading Borough Council will pass all responses to the EFA. It will then be up to the EFA to select which location for The Heights Primary School it will pursue, based on public responses received.

Residents filling in the Public Survey are also being asked to provide a name and address. This is so that the EFA can take all geographical data into account when making a final decision on the permanent location for the school.

For people without access to computers, hard copies of the Public Survey are being made available at the Civic Offices in Bridge Street, and local libraries and leisure centres.

Meeting to be held over future home for Free school

A public meeting is due to be held on the search for a permanent home for a Free school in Reading.

The Heights Primary is a Free School in Reading Credit: The Height's Primary

The Heights Primary is a Free School, currently located on a temporary site in Gosbrook Road, Central Caversham. Under Government rules, only the Education Funding Agency can select where a Free School can be located.

The EFA has identified five possible locations. They are:

  • High Ridge, Upper Warren Avenue
  • Mapledurham Playing Fields
  • Albert Road Recreation Ground
  • Shipnells Farm (better known as Bugs Bottom)
  • Dysons Farm (Land at the junction of Shepherd's Lane and Kidmore Road)

The Council is sending out 67,000 letters across all of Reading Borough and the Parishes of Mapledurham and Kidmore End, with details of the consultation process.

An independently chaired open public meeting takes place at the Rivermead Leisure Centre at 7pm.

School expresses 'deepest regret' over shot put injury

The Judd School in Tonbridge has expressed its deepest regret over the an accident in which a student was hit on the head by a shot put thrown by another student.

It is a relief to all that the injured student has been attending school full-time since September.

The Judd School accepts the verdict of the Magistrates’ Court today that it has breached the Health & Safety at Work Act. In particular the School’s organisation of the PE lesson in which the incident occurred did not fully comply with the guidance of the “Association for Physical Education”.

The School has been fined £10,000 for this breach.The Judd School provides an extensive programme of PE, Games and competitive sport, enjoying a national reputation in rugby, cross-country and athletics having won National Schools’ trophies in each in recent years.

The safety record is exceptionally good; however this incident has led to a major review of safety by staff and governors. We have re-examined all our safety procedures in PE and are in the process of doing the same across the whole school.

– The Judd School
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