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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.

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.

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