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Foster Care Separation

A new report says more than a fifth of children in the south west are separated from their brothers and sisters when placed in foster care during the last financial year. The statistics are revealed in a Freedom of Information request from Action for Children. It wants more foster carers to come forward to make sure siblings aren't split up.

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Yeovil College celebrates 99% A Level success

Yeovil College students are celebrating after achieving an overall A Level pass rate of 99% for the sixth year in a row.

100% pass rates were achieved in 21 of 24 A Level subject areas, including Physics, English Language, Chemistry, Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Maths.

Oliver Latcham (18) of Yeovil achieved the top A* grade in Physics, Maths and Further Maths, as well as an A grade in Chemistry.

“I’m a bit blown away by it all really! Being at Yeovil College was fun and enjoyable. The support of the lecturers was really good too. I’m going to go to the University of Exeter to study Physics and would really like a career in research and Astrophysics.”

– Oliver Latcham

A Level results day - send us your messages

Students across the region will be finding out their A Level results today. Many will discover if they have made it into their university of choice. But changes to the syllabus and tougher marking have made the path to further education all the more challenging.

Relief for some. Credit: PA

If you would like us to read out your congratulations on ITV West Country tonight at 6pm, please email westcountry@itv.com, saying where you are from and where the student is off to next term.

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University statement on Vice Chancellor mystery

University says it will support findings of HEFC review Credit: ITV News West Country

Plymouth University says its "united" behind a review process that has led to Vice-Chancellor Wendy Purcell being placed on leave.

The board has issued a statement dismissing newspaper reports of disagreement among governors. It says it will follow any recommendations from the Higher Education Funding Council who called for the review.

Statistics reveal children are at risk in the water

The RNLI and the Amateur Swimming Association are teaming up at Bude to launch a safe swimming initiative.

It comes after statistics revealed a high number of incidents where children were unsafe in the water.

  • 17% of parents say their child has got into difficulties in the water
  • 5% of parents say their child has been in a serious incident in the water
  • 21% of parents don't always supervise their children in the water
  • 9% of parents say their children can't swim
  • 21% of parents believe if their child can swim a length of a 25m pool they will be safe to swim in the water.
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