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College principal 'desperately sad' over failure

Personally and professionally this is really upsetting. I feel desperately sad we've let these students down. That's why I'm concentrating on the students to try to make it right for them.

I've launched an investigation to find the root cause of this. When that's concluded I'll be talking to the Chair of Governors to see where we go from there.

– Lynn Merillion, Principal of City of Bristol College

Student has nothing to show for two years' study

Tom Sarney Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

Tom Sarney should be on his way to a career in aeronautical engineering. Instead he has nothing to show for two years of studying.

The 19-year-old from Falfield in South Gloucestershire was one of 26 students on a course at the City of Bristol College who've just discovered their work hasn't been marked.

There's nothing to show for two years which have been wasted. I have no paperwork to show I was there. Nothing to show to potential employers.

– Tom Sarney

Tom says others pulled out after just a year, so disillusioned were they by the standard of the course.

We had tutors disappearing with work. One tutor with our hand written work just disappeared. None of us have back-up copies of the work. Every time we asked what was happening we were told 'if it hasn't been given back to you assume it's been marked'. That was it.

– Tom Sarney

Tom's stepfather says he raised concerns with the college over a year ago and is now considering legal action against it.

I'm just shocked t the way the course has been run. The total lack of commitment to the students and the attitude that 'we know there's a problem, we're trying to sort it out'. You never got a straight answer from them.

– Tom's stepfather


Bristol City College lets down students

Aeronautical engineering student is one of many who haven't received their qualifications Credit: ITV West Country

A major inquiry is underway tonight at the region's largest further education college after it emerged some students have not received qualifications for the work they've done.

External assessors are refusing to issue grades because of concerns over the quality of teaching offered by the City of Bristol College.

ITV News has heard allegations that some work wasn't taught properly nor correctly marked. Some staff even failed to turn up for lectures. The college's principle has admitted the students have been badly let down.

Aardman favourites help children learn English

Aardman have teamed up with the British Council to create educational films for children Credit: Aardman Animations

Bristol-based Aardman animation's well-loved characters Shaun the Sheep and Timmy are to help children across the globe learn English.

The British Council has teamed up with the animators to create stories and films for children under six-years-old. They'll start being used in Singapore and Chile later this year.

Can you spot the signs of an unhealthy relationship?

This reconstruction is highlighting the signs of an unhealthy relationship Credit: Fixers

A woman from Somerset is producing a pack for schools, educating young people to recognise signs of an unhealthy relationship.

Cat King from Martock near Yeovil says often lessons focus on the physical side of relationships, but damage can also be done by partners who are too controlling or undermine self-esteem.


Schools struggle to meet demands for school dinners

Yesterday saw thousands of children across the West go back to school, and for many infants there was the added bonus of a free lunch.

The Government wants to ensure all 4 to 7 year olds get a hot dinner. But not all schools met yesterday's dealine. In Somerset alone, 15% of children will only have a cold lunch, because kitchens aren't ready. And a quarter of the new kitchens in Bristol schools have been delayed as suppliers struggle to meet demand. Ken Goodwin reports from a school in Gloucestershire.

GCSE success for Prior Park College students

Prior Park students celebrate GCSE success Credit: Prior Park College

Prior Park College in Bath reported 54% of all GCSE students passed at Grade A or better with a quarter of all passes being at the highest A* grade.

“It is a genuine pleasure to see the reactions of students who are so deserving of these excellent results – not just those who achieve the highest grades, but those who exceed their own expectations.

Prior is a busy school and so much is asked of the students in all areas of school life. These excellent grades are therefore testament to a year group that truly understands that making the most of your opportunities, contributing your talents and working hard, ultimately do bring the very best of rewards.”

– Headmaster James Murphy-O’Connor

City Academy celebrates GCSE results

Thousands of pupils across the region have been opening their GCSE results.

At the City Academy in Redhill in Bristol, 41 per cent of students achieved 5 A star to C grades - a six per cent rise on last year. It's the first year since Government reforms made final exams count more towards their grades than course work.

Principal Gill Kelly spoke to ITV News:

GCSE results day

Students will open their GCSE results this morning Credit: ITV West

Thousands of teenagers across the west country are due to collect their GCSE results today.

It's the day many students will decide whether to continue with education or to start work. We'll be at one academy in Bristol as they get their results.

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