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Bristol school axes 10% of its staff

22 staff at Brislington Enterprise College have been made redundant as it becomes an academy this weekend Credit: ITV News

Parents of children at one of the region's largest secondary schools are outraged at a decision to axe 22 members of staff.

We've got pupils in the school sitting GCSEs. Are they going to have extra support who needs it? Not just our children but every child that attends this school.

– lynn clements, parent

The redundancies come as Brislington Enterprise College in Bristol converts from local authority control to academy status this weekend. Its new principal says she must cut costs, but there are concerns about the impact on pupils.

The head, who is also the regional director for Oasis, told me the school has been failing its pupils for years.

We had a structure which was complex and wasn't serving the needs of children already.

I inherited a school where the financial position was very troubled and it needed to be addressed regardless of who was responsible for the children within the college.

– rebecca clark, Executive Principal, Brislington Enterprise College

VIDEO: Sherlock star spotted in Bristol city centre

The cast and crew of Sherlock have been back in Bristol today.

They were filming scenes on King Street for a Christmas special of the popular TV series. Horses and carts and actors in full period costume transformed the city centre.

The stars, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Gatiss and Martin Freeman, have been spotted at various locations around the West in recent weeks.

Our cameraman nipped into a local pub to get this shot of the actor playing Dr Watson.

School mistakenly lists UKIP as a racist organisation

The slide featuring UKIP alongside far right groups was used in a class discussion about tolerance Credit: SWNS

A school in Bristol has apologised for listing UKIP as a racist organisation in a lesson.

The party was featured on a slide of far-right groups for a discussion about tolerance. Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe says it was a mistake and has taken steps to ensure it won't happen again.

The school says it has apologised to UKIP which has thanked it for its "prompt and appropriate response".

The slide was used in a class discussion about community relationships and tolerance, and was designed to stimulate debate among our pupils.

It was a mistake for UKIP to have been listed along with the other groups, and I have apologised to the party for its inclusion.

The reference has been removed from the slide and the teacher concerned has apologised and we have taken steps to ensure it will not reappear in future.

– Mark Davies, Chief Executive, Bridge Learning Campus

ITV West Country nominated for RTS Award

Ian Axton has been nominated for 'Regional Presenter of the Year' Credit: ITV News

Our very own Ian Axton has been nominated for 'Regional Presenter of the Year' at the RTS Television Journalism Awards.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18th February.

We wish Ian the best of luck!

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Gloucestershire Cricket appoint Richard Dawson as Head Coach

Richard Dawson playing for Yorkshire in 2006 Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gloucestershire Cricket have announced 34-year old Richard Dawson as the new Head Coach.

The former Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and England off-spinner, will join up with the squad with immediate effect.

Dawson, who ended his playing career with Gloucestershire at the conclusion of the 2011 season stayed on as their specialist one-day coach, before taking the opportunity to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club at the beginning of 2014.

Somerset teenager isolated after shaving his head for charity

The head teacher took a dim view of the teen's shaved head Credit: Stan Lock / Facebook

A teenager from Somerset who shaved his head to raise money for charity has been put into isolation for breaking school rules.

14 year-old Stan Lock from Churchill Academy shaved his head in an attempt to raise £100 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Unfortunately the head teacher took a dim view of the teen's shaved head and has placed him in isolation ever since.

The 14-year old has now raised nearly £4000 Credit: Stan Lock / JustGiving

Stan's story has erupted over social media and led to many people donating to his JustGiving page.

The 14-year old has now raised nearly £4000 and the figure is still climbing.

Locals want say over future of chocolate factory site

Developers say they are unsafe and need to be pulled down Credit: ITV News

Many of the buildings on the former Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory site in Bristol are to be demolished.

Developers say they are unsafe and need to be pulled down.

But some people nearby say they wanted to be consulted on the demolition.

No demolition before consultation! Credit: ITV News

What's happened is that the generator group South West have put in a sneaky application for the demolition of the buildings before completing the planning process with local people in the area who have strong feelings about exactly what should happen on this site when we're going to have to live with the consequences for decades to come.

– Anna McMullen, Local Campaigner
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