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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.

Fire in Bristol flat started accidentally

The cause of a fire at a flat in Bristol started accidentally.

One man died in the fire at Carolina House in Kingsdown on Saturday 6 September. Avon Fire & Rescue has been working alongside a number of other agencies, including Avon and Somerset Constabulary, to ascertain the cause of the fire.

After a thorough investigation, we are satisfied that the fire started accidentally, most probably as a result of cooking inside the property.

We have passed our findings to HM Coroner in order for a full inquest to be carried out.

– Avon Fire & Rescue Service

Person hit by a train between Gloucester and Parkway

A person has been hit by a train between Gloucester and Bristol Parkway.

There is disruption to the cross country train between Bristol Parkway and Gloucester. All lines in the area are currently blocked. Services may be cancelled or delayed until around 09:45.


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.

NHS England work to keep Bristol GP Practice open

St Martin's Surgery had faced closure earlier this year. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

NHS England are in the final stages of agreeing temporary contract to keep a GPs Practice in Bristol open. St Martin's Surgery in Knowle faced closure after partners there resigned. Now Doctors from Concorde Medical Centre, based in Stoke Gifford, could take sessions. NHS England says opening hours and services will remain the same.

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