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£1 million makeover for Somerset school

Somerset school gets £1m makeover Credit: ITV West Country

Pupils at a school in Somerset are benefiting from the results of a million pound building project at their school.

The investment at North Petherton Primary has enabled three new classrooms to be built to accommodate the rise in the number of pupils in the area. And a makeover of the outside space means there's more room for the children to play outside.

Head Teacher Gary Hobbs says the transformation has brought the school together.

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Cornish primary schools better than average

74% of Cornwall's primary schools are rated good or outstanding. Credit: ITV Westcountry

The education watchdog Ofcom says primary schools in Cornwall are performing 5% higher than the national average.

74% of the county's primaries were rated as good or outstanding.

Only seven schools were judged as inadequate with the remaining 55 all judged as satisfactory..

West Exe College pay scandal: full report

The financial management of Exeter's largest school has been heavily criticised in a report.

The headteacher of West Exe College, earned £152,000 pounds a year, amost three times the average head's salary.

The pay scandal cost him his job - and that of his wife - she was the deputy head. An investigation has found evidence of excessive pay and a culture of secrecy.

Our Exeter correspondent Seth Conway reports.

Chair of Governors blew the whistle on pay scandal

Chair of Governors Peter Scott Credit: ITV Westcountry

Chair of Governors Peter Scott has spoken to The West Country Tonight after publication of the auditor's report into the failings at West Exe Technology College.

Mr Scott blew the whistle on the way the school was being governed that led to the resignation of the headteacher and his wife who was the deputy head.

"When we discovered what all the salaries were, clearly I was very concerned and we needed to take some action."

"The difficulty was the full governing body has a corporate responsibility for the school not always had a full picture as to what was going on."

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Schools recognised for art

Schools recognised for art opportunities Credit: ITV WestCountry

Nearly 200 schools and colleges across the West Country have been told they've been awarded a prestigious art mark awards.

The gongs from the Arts Council are in recognition of work carried out by schools to give their students opportunities in the arts. Cockwood Primary School in Devon is one of the school's which was given gold status by the council.

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