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Schools across the south selected to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup 2015

Choirs from schools across the south have been selected to be part of the ceremonies that will officially welcome the teams to Rugby World Cup 2015.

The ceremonies will also include the formal presentation of official Tournament caps and Rugby World Cup 2015 participation medals.

The schools were chosen following an application process, led by leading independent charity Youth Sport Trust, which was open to all schools in England and Wales.

With over 100 applications, the standard was very high resulting in a competitive judging process, which was carried out by Tournament Organisers, England Rugby 2015, the Youth Sport Trust and the RFU.

The successful schools include a mixture of state and private schools with both primary and secondary age groups involved. With schools selected from all around England and Wales, the Tournament reach continues to broaden with people across the UK joining to celebrate Rugby in its biggest year.

  • Westdene Primary School from Brighton will welcome Japan in Brighton
  • Eastbourne College will welcome South Africa in Eastbourne
  • Queen Elizabeth’s School from Wimborne Minster, Dorset, will welcome USA in Portsmouth

“We were really pleased with the response we’ve seen from schools wanting to be part of the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply. We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic Tournament experience.”

– Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Stephen Brown

"We are very excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity for schools to be involved in the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. We hope that it will impact not only the pupils performing, but the whole school to engage with the Tournament in a way that inspires learning. The Youth Sport Trust is delighted to support and work with England Rugby 2015 and we look forward to seeing great creativity in the school performances."

– Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive, Ali Oliver

Hampshire school offers education across the ages

The Westgate School in Winchester has opened Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire's first state school offering a new model of education right across the ages has officially opened its doors

The Westgate School in Winchester will teach children between four and 16. It has brand new primary school buildings.

The Westgate School in Winchester has opened Credit: ITV Meridian

It's hoped that it will help children make a smooth transition between primary and secondary education.

The school will share specialist teachers across the age range and older pupils will be role models to the little ones.

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Yesterday a parking warden was pushed to the ground by a parent outside the Rudyard Kipling school when they were asked to move their car.

Parking enforcement officers and police are issuing fines to parents who park dangerously.

"Our Safer Routes to School programmes are encouraging more and more children to travel to the classroom on foot, bike or scooter. Therefore it is vital to ensure that nearby pavements and junctions are kept free from obstruction, and motorists behave considerately to enable everyone to travel safely to and from school."

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