Secondary school league tables are revealed

Almost a quarter of a million fewer children are being taught in failing secondary schools compared with three years ago, new figures suggest.

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  1. Christine Alsford

Meridian West: Secondary School league tables

Some schools in the South have shown dramatic improvements in performance according to tables published today.

At the Charter Academy in Portsmouth, results are up by a staggering 44 per cent for the number of pupils achieving five A star to C passes including English and Maths.

Cantell School in Southampton and Hove Park School in Sussex have also made huge steps forward. All are in the country's top 200 most improved schools.

The government says better results prove that the controversial academy programme is working. ITV Meridian's Social Affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

  1. Christine Alsford

Thames Valley: Secondary school league tables

School performance in the Thames Valley is improving dramatically - according to tables published today. Several towns and cities - including Oxford and Reading - now have NO schools left below government targets set for GCSE results.

The tables are published on the day that another new free school has been announced for the Thames Valley area - independent of local authority control. ITV Meridian's Social Affairs Correspondent, Christine Alsford, reports.

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  1. Andrea Thomas

Meridian East - Secondary school league tables

Performance tables published today show fewer secondary schools failing to meet Government standards - but dozens are under-performing, some to a 'scandalous' extent says one education expert.

Many of Kent's grammar schools are under attack for 'coasting', and failing to get the best out of bright pupils. Meanwhile there are mixed results for the region's academies: schools that opted out of local authority control.

Kent's top performers include Folkestone School for Girls. Bottom of the league - Castle Community College in Deal, the High Weald Academy at Cranbrook and The Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate.

At the top in Sussex - Brighton College, where 100 percent of pupils achieved A star - to C grade GCSEs - for the third year running. In Essex, the performance of Westcliff High School for Girls is the second best in England. Our report is by Andrea Thomas.

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Detective Fulcher expresses 'thanks' for support

A joint statement from Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher's lawyers and the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales has been released.

Steve Fulcher wishes to express his thanks to those who have supported him throughout this very sad case. At all times Steve Fulcher has been motivated by a desire to serve the public and do the best that he can for the victims, their families and for Wiltshire Police.

He is grateful for the support he has received from many people and in particular, humbled by the support he has received from Becky’s mother, Karen Edwards, and Sian’s partner Kevin Reape, when they have suffered such tragic loss.

– Lewis Hymanson Small LLP Solicitors & Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales
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Steve Fulcher wants to return to work soon

Steve Fulcher is a dedicated police officer and is fully committed to the Wiltshire Police. He wishes to return to work as soon as possible to continue serving the public and to move forward from this upsetting and stressful episode in his life and that of his family.

– LEWIS HYMANSON SMALL LLP SOLICITORS & POLICE SUPERINTENDENTS' ASSOCIATION OF ENGLAND AND WALES

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Schools in Hampshire not meeting secondary school targets

In Hampshire, the schools achieving below the Government's 40 per cent target for GCSE results, are:

Testwood Sports College - 31 per cent

Portchester Community School, Fareham - 33 per cent

Bridgemary School, Gosport - 35 per cent

The Connaught School, Aldershot - 36 per cent

Winton School, Andover - 36 per cent

Mill Chase Community Technical College - 38 per cent

Quilley School of Engineering, Eastleigh - 39 per cent

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