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There's an increase in North West students gaining top grades

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The number of students in the North West gaining top grades at A Level is UP slightly.

With 24.6% of pupil getting A* and A grades, but like the rest of the country the overall pass rate is slightly down, with 97.6% students in England receiving A*-E grades, down 0.3%.

The exams have changed this year, relying only on a final exam and not course work.

Figures suggest there has been a fall in the number of students accepted on degree courses at UK universities.

Research by the Sutton Trust suggests that young people are less likely to think that getting a degree is important in order to do well in life.

Report: the controversial plans for land near Liverpool's Calderstones Park

There are controversial plans to sell off land next to one of Liverpool biggest parks. The Harthill Hill estate has been earmarked for more than 50 new homes.

But campaigners say it's all part of Calderstones Park - and want to put a stop to the development - saying it will ruin one of the city's open spaces.

Our Merseyside Correspondent Andy Bonner reports.

“Planning permission for the proposed development was granted in January 2018. As the decision is subject to Judicial Review proceedings we cannot comment further at this stage.”

– Gareth Stansfield, Redrow

This proposed development was a response to a plea for help from community groups on the Harthill site - Calder Kids and Beechley Riding Stables - whose venues were in urgent need of investment.

This scheme, which evolved as a result of that approach and now has full planning approval, would allow the council to generate monies to fund brand new facilities and enhanced public space for future generations to enjoy.

The council recognises the strong public feelings surrounding this issue and, with Redrow, will respond to them after the decision of the Judicial Review. However, it is felt the purpose of the proposal, its impact and its wider benefits have been misunderstood and misrepresented.

It is important to note the scheme uses venues and a run-down former council depot which are not accessible to the public. The intention is not and has never been to build on Calderstones Park.

It is worth pointing out that the scheme would also assist the council’s strategy to rebalance the city’s council tax base - which after losing two-thirds of government funding - is becoming ever more critical in protecting frontline services.”

– Liverpool City Council spokesperon

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