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Term-time holiday fines causing losses for business

Fines for parents who take their children on holiday during term-time appear to be affecting businesses. Credit: ITV West Country

West Country MPs will discuss the impact of changes to term-time holiday rules in Westminster today - after securing a special Parliamentary debate on the issue.

A report found that the introduction of fines for parents who take their children out of school during term-time has caused businesses to lose up to 30% of their income since 2013.

100,000 people from the region signed a petition against the law.

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Devon schools get the Rugby World Cup spirit

These pupils in Torbay have come together to build their rugby skills Credit: ITV News

While Rugby World Cup fever has got many of us gripped for at least the next month - the sport is being played by more young people than ever across the South West.

That's partly down to a scheme aimed at getting more boys and girls at secondary schools to take up the game.

Three different schools in Torbay have come together to develop their rugby as part of the All Sports Programme.

1,500-strong petition against strict uniform rules

1,500 people have signed a petition against uniform rules at West Exe School Credit: ITV News

1,500 parents and pupils have signed a petition to relax the rules on uniform at a school in Exeter.

New uniform regulations at the West Exe School ban 'aggressive hair' and tight-fitting trousers.

One pupil claims to have been suspended for being 'too blond' after returning from holiday with sun-bleached hair.

The school's head teacher says suspension is a last resort.

North Devon School closes amidst abuse inquiry

A North Devon school at the centre of an inquiry into physical abuse has given up its licence to operate.

Chelfham Mill near Barnstaple was a boarding and day school for around forty boys with emotional and behavioural problems. It's licence was suspended for six weeks in July while the abuse claims were investigated. Now it's chosen not to reopen.

The County Council says it's working to find alternative places for the school's 14 day pupils. A police investigation is still ongoing.

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Horsing around? Student takes pony to collect GCSE results

Ebony Kenington was all smiles as she collected her results on horseback! Credit: Dean Blake

For many students just getting in the car to travel to school today would have been a struggle, as thousands nervously went to pick up their GCSE results.

But for one teenager from the South West, the journey was horseplay as she decided to ride to Hanham Woods Academy to collect her envelope.

Ebony Kenington might have chosen an unconventional method of travel but she was all smiles after receiving her results.

(We're assuming she got an A* in horsing around)

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A breakdown of GCSE results by English region

Official figures have revealed how the English regions fared in terms of their GCSE results this year.

London achieved the highest percentage of A* and A grades in England. Credit: JCQ
  • North-east England saw the biggest year-on-year rise in the number of candidates receiving grade C or above.
  • East Midlands and south-east England were the only two regions to show a fall in the number of candidates receiving grade C or above.
  • London showed the biggest rise in candidates getting A* or A
  • South-east England showed the greatest fall.
Improvements at grade A*-A and A*-C by English region 2014-2015 Credit: JCQ

GCSE results day for thousands across the West Country

Teenagers across the West Country get their GCSE results today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Thousands of teenagers across the West Country will collect their GCSE results today.

It's the moment when many students will decide whether to continue with education or enter the world of work.

We'll talking to students in Truro as they find out those all-important grades.

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Students warned against university website scam

Students in Somerset have been warned against parting with large sums of money. Credit: ITV West Country

Students in Somerset are being warned against a fake university website, which is claiming to be linked to the Prior Park College based in Bath.

Prospective students have made payments of up to £5,500 to a fake establishment.

The trading standards department at Bath and North East Somerset Council have received a number of complaints from people about the site.

They have been advising all students who are considering attending a college or university to visit it first before parting with any money.

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