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Plymouth University is the greenest in the UK

The University of Plymouth has been revealed as the greenest in the UK Credit: ITV News

Plymouth University has been ranked the most sustainable in the country. It's the second time the university has topped the People and Planet Green League in five years.

Plymouth University understands the unique role a university plays in creating social justice, tackling climate change and equipping graduates with the understanding and skills we need to build the fairer low carbon future we all want.

– Hannah Smith, People & Planet

Plymouth has been on a journey to explore what sustainability means to us as a university, and it’s one that we’ve now placed at the very core of the way we do things.

It is threaded through the way we run our campus and manage our relationship with suppliers; through our teaching and curriculum; and it drives much of our research as we look to tackle some of the most urgent scientific and socio-economic issues of the day. It means a great deal, therefore to return to the top of the People and Planet University League.

– Prof David Coslett, Interim Chief Exec, Plymouth University

Sustainability is not just about switching off the lights and computers - Plymouth University has even started to commission independent monitoring of the factories that make the products that students use every day on campus as well as committing to purchase staff uniforms made from Fairtrade cotton.

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Torquay school run by nuns to close after 90 years

Stoodley Knowle has educated girls in Devon for almost a century. Credit: Stoodley Knowle Independent School for Girls

A Devon girls' school will close this summer after 90 years due to falling pupil numbers.

Torquay's Stoodley Knowle Independent School for Girls has been run by a 400-year-old order of nuns in Ilsham Valley since 1924.

Founded in 1641 with the mission statement of providing girls with the same educational opportunities as boys, the Congregation of Les Filles de la Croix say this goal has been fulfilled, as seen in the decreasing number of students.

The school is working with staff, parents and pupils to discuss options for their future.

No decision has been taken about what will happen to the 65-acre site in Anstey's Cove after the school closes.

It had been on the cards for a little while. There are 120 students and in the senior school the classes are not big enough to provide the excellence of education the Sisters have provided over the years.

They have had some very successful pupils. At the same time the Sisters are not getting any younger. Over the years they did the cleaning, cooking and teaching and everything for nothing which kept the prices down, and when they retired they had to pay for outside teachers.

It is sad news, it was a beacon in the Bay as a school and it is such a beautiful site.

– Roy Pike, former Head of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School

The classic carol that gets us all feeling festive - pupils from Ide Primary School near Exeter perform

There is nothing quite like a carol to put you in the Christmas spirit - and pupils at Ide Primary School, near Exeter, have been rehearsing hard.

Here they are with a true Christmas classic. Silent Night has been translated into over 100 languages from the original German it was written in two centuries ago. Troops on opposing sides sung it together during the Christmas truce of 1914 - it was one they all knew.

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Weymouth College principal is suspended

Liz Myles, the Principal of Weymouth College has been suspended Credit: Weymouth College

Weymouth College has confirmed to ITV news that its Principal, Liz Myles, has been suspended.

A spokesperson said the college was not giving further details:

We have no further comment other than to confirm that the Principal, Liz Myles has been suspended from her post, pending an investigation.

To ensure we maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further information can be provided to you at this time.

– Weymouth College spokesperson

The college has had to cut costs over the past few months and in August it began a period of consultation over potential redundancies.

Ofsted: Somerset Children's Services 'inadequate'

Two of Somerset's Children's Centres were judged inadequate by Ofsted Credit: PA

Ofsted has published a damning report into the quality of children's services in Somerset.

The education watchdog says the county council is "not providing good enough support for its most vulnerable young people and families".

One third of the 39 places inspected were seen as less than good with six of them judged inadequate. Somerset County Council says it will make urgent improvements.

We looked at provision for 13,500 children - that's the number of children whose lives are touched by those children's centres and both those centres were inadequate. So really quite shocking statistics in terms of the number of children who are not getting what they need ".

– Bradley Simmons, Ofsted Regional Director
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