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  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.

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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.

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  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.

  1. West Country (E)

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
  1. West Country (E)

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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