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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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