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Millions in repair funds for West Country schools

A number of schools in our region will be refurbished. Credit: ITV News West Country

Twelve schools in the region are to benefit from a multi-billion-pound redevelopment programme announced by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Nick Clegg was at Helston College this morning to announce the project, which will see five schools in Devon, three in Cornwall and Somerset and one in Dorset repaired or rebuilt. We have the full list below.

DEVON: Whipton Barton Junior School, Exeter Road Community Primary School, Sidmouth College, Exmouth Community College and Ridgeway School, Plymouth.

CORNWALL: Helston Community College, Humphry Davy School and Newquay Tretherras. SOMERSET: Kingsmead Academy, Crispin School Academy and Haygrove School.

DORSET: The Woodroffe School.

In total £6 billion is being spent on 277 schools across the country.


South West schools to benefit from £140 million building programe

17 more schools in the South West will benefit from a £140 million school building programme, according to the government.

The fund will let schools rebuild or refurbish classrooms and other facilities. It should lead to better, brighter and warmer learning environments.

Helston Community College in Cornwall is one of those that will benefit.

Announcing the details of the investment, the Deputy Prime Minister said the improvements will help give every child a fair start in life.

Children can't learn and teachers can't teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.

To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.


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.

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.

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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