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.
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.”
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:
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.
Ross Sangar from UCAS says there are still plenty of opportunities to study at University for those who haven't got the grades they expected:
For more information about UCAS and what to do if you haven't got the results you were expecting visit the UCAS website.
Staff at the university clearing service UCAS are expecting up to 25,000 enquiries when A-level results are revealed tomorrow. The number of workers at the Cheltenham offices have more than quadrupled to 200 to cope with the demand as students search for university courses.
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.
The Deputy Prime Minister has visited a private cookery school in Taunton where he's banging the drum for free school meals for under sevens.
Nick Clegg was at Cookability which specialises in teaching cookery skills to young people.
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.
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.