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Struggling South Gloucestershire school will close

Councillors have voted to close the troubled Grange School at Warmley, which is in special measures and a poor state of repair.

The government has promised money for a Studio School to be set up on the site specialising in hi-tech engineering and creative media.

The admissions criteria for the new Studio School are set to be the same for other South Gloucestershire secondaries, so it looks likely that all Grange pupils who wish to move on to the studio school will be able to do so.

– Lib Dem Education spokesman Ian Blair
The Grange has been in special measures since 2013 Credit: ITV News

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Prince Andrew in Swindon

The Duke of York at UTC Swindon Credit: ITV News

The Duke of York is in Swindon today, opening the University Technical College.

He has been chatting to students at the new college, which will educate 600 young people, helping to prepare them for work or university.

The Duke is patron of an educational trust, and has said he is passionate about creating opportunities for young people in engineering and manufacturing.

Ofsted: Somerset Children's Services 'inadequate'

Two of Somerset's Children's Centres were judged inadequate by Ofsted Credit: PA

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset.

The education watchdog says the county council is "not providing good enough support for its most vulnerable young people and families".

One third of the 39 places inspected were seen as less than good with six of them judged inadequate. Somerset county council says it will make urgent improvements.

We looked at provision for 13,500 children - that's the number of children whose lives are touched by those children's centres and both those centres were inadequate. So really quite shocking statistics in terms of the number of children who are not getting what they need.

– Bradley Simmons, Ofsted Regional Director

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Prince Charles opens engineering festival in Stroud

Prince Charles samples a milkshake - part of a competition sponsored by Dairy Crest to interest local schoolchildren in creating new products Credit: ITV News
The Prince meets local schoolchildren at the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering Credit: ITV News

The Prince of Wales has been out and about in his home county of Gloucestershire.

He met schoolchildren, business reps and organisers before opening Festomane, The Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering. It was founded in 2012 to promote Stroud's heritage and showcase local employment and training in the sector.

Prince Charles takes a close look at a school engineering project Credit: ITV News

Moorland village hall reopens 9 months after flooding

Moorland and District Village Hall Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

A village hall on the Somerset Levels has reopened nine months after being flooded.

Moorland and District Village Hall has been officially reopened at a ceremony this evening. There has been a portable building in its place for nine months. 120 people from the local community were invited to the event.

Marking boycott at Bristol and Bath universities

An assessment and marking boycott at the Universities of Bath and Bristol will begin today.

University and College Union members will stop marking work and conducting examinations - but will continue to carry out other academic duties.

The dispute is over changes to staff pensions. Staff from 67 other universities across the country will also be taking part in the boycott.

Wills Memorial Building, Bristol University. Credit: PA
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