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632 new primary places in North Somerset next term

Up to 634 new primary school places will be available in North Somerset at the start of term this September.

Building work is taking place at a number of schools across the district during the summer holidays to expand and enhance current facilities and meet the demand for primary school places.

North Somerset Council’s £10m expansion project covers schools in Portishead, Backwell, Long Ashton and Weston-super-Mare. It will create new places for a range of year groups this September, with the largest increase in places at St Peter’s C of E Primary School, Portishead and St Anne’s C of E Primary School, Weston-super-Mare.

Specially trained horses help boy with autism

Just a year ago Ollie Wilson's family say they were hardly able to lead a normal life. Ollie who is 6 years old is autistic. Typical days out were nearly impossible and his parents thought he would be moved to a special school.

But all that changed when Ollie's family discovered the charity Horseshoes and Handprints in Somerset - and for the first time in his life, Ollie even smiled. Ellie Barker has the story.

Horse charity changes life of autistic boy

Ollie Wilson, who is autistic, at "Horses and Handprints"
The charity "Horses and Handprints" in Ilminster has transformed the life of six-year-old Ollie Wilson Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A charity in Somerset has completely changed the life of a six-year-old autistic boy.

Ollie Wilson's parents said days out were almost impossible because of their son's behavioural difficulties. But with the help of Horseshoes and Handprints near Ilminster, they've seen him smile for the first time.

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Parents protest at school's iPad plan

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iPads are used widely in schools Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Parents at a Dorset school have started a protest campaign after being asked to pay £400 for iPads for their children.

A letter was sent out by Gryphon School in Sherborne recommending that pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 should buy iPads for use from September.

Following complaints the school has said that this is not a "requirement" but is "entirely optional."

Bristol teenagers warned about the dangers of skin cancer

Teenagers across Bristol are being warned about the dangers of sunburn and skin cancer.

Skin cancer cases have tripled in the city in the last five years. Secondary schools are using a short film by the Teenage Cancer Trust to educate students about ways to stay safe. It's the last full week of term before the school summer holidays begin.

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