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New sixth form centre should be complete for next term in September

A brand new state-of-the-art sixth form centre is on schedule to open in Berkshire for the start of the new school year in September. T

The project to construct the building at Garth Hill College in Bracknell has cost more than £6 million. It will have capacity for 400 students. Education officials are hoping it will help to ease the pressure on school places in the local area.

Police help prepare children for secondary school

An event to equip primary school pupils across Thanet for life at secondary school - and beyond - has been held by Kent Police.

Get Safe for Secondary was a two-day fair held at Margate Winter Gardens, and was open to all year six pupils in Thanet mainstream schools.

It was a multi-agency event, with local organisations on hand to offer advice and support to the 10 and 11-year olds about keeping safe.

Officers offered advice to school children on keeping safe Credit: Kent Police

Issues such as road safety, basic first aid, internet safety and the risks of drugs and smoking were covered during the event, with pupils taking part in exercises and scenarios to encourage their awareness of how to deal with certain situations.

They were also given the opportunity to find out more about youth groups in the area.

Officers offered advice to school children on keeping safe Credit: Kent Police

"The aim of the event was to raise awareness of some of the challenges that will be facing these pupils as they get older, and provide them with good solid information which in turn will build their confidence to make informed choices. It gave them a chance to consider how their own behaviour can have an effect on the community they live in. It was a great day to see so many organisations coming together to build towards the future of Thanet."

– Inspector Pete Swan of the Thanet Community Safety Unit

Among the other agencies attending to support the event were Kent Fire and Rescue Service promoting fire safety; the RNLI promoting beach and water safety; the KCA (Kent Council on Alcohol) charity promoting drugs and alcohol awareness issues; and local sixth form students who gave advice on e-safety and stranger danger.


  1. Rachel Hepworth

Secondary places offer day for parents & pupils in the Thames Valley

Thousands of parents have been finding out whether their children have been accepted into the secondary schools of their choice.

Nationally - around eighty percent of youngsters will go to the school they chose as their first choice in September 2014. In the Thames Valley area, the figures appear higher.

Advice for parents on school applications

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council member for education, has some words of re-assurance for families whose children aren't successful in getting a place at their first choice of school.

Of 12,700 applications in Hampshire, 12,100 got their first choice. Only 100 families didn't get any of their first three choices.


96% get offered first choice school places in Medway

Nearly 96% of primary school children in Medway have been offered their first choice places at secondary school, new figures show.

Families across Medway will receive the news today.

Nearly 3,000 children were offered places, with 82% offered their first choice in secondary school, more than 10% offered their second choice and nearly 3% offered their third choice.

More than 86% of families used the councils online application process to submit their choices.

  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.

  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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