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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.


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

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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