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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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Swimming safety initiative launches in Bude today

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A charity has teamed up with the RNLI to encourage people to be safe when swimming as children try to cool off.

The Amateur Swimming Association will be launching a water safety initiative in Bude today after it found that 17% of parents in the South West say their child has got into difficulties in water. This summer they'll be running courses to try to give children confidence when out in open water.

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Parents protest at school's iPad plan

iPads are used widely in schools Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Parents at a Dorset school have started a protest campaign after being asked to pay £400 for iPads for their children.

A letter was sent out by Gryphon School in Sherborne recommending that pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 should buy iPads for use from September.

Following complaints the school has said that this is not a "requirement" but is "entirely optional."

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