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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.

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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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Moorland village hall reopens 9 months after flooding

Moorland and District Village Hall Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

A village hall on the Somerset Levels has reopened nine months after being flooded.

Moorland and District Village Hall has been officially reopened at a ceremony this evening. There has been a portable building in its place for nine months. 120 people from the local community were invited to the event.

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