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A ‘disappointingly’ low number of Weston students are applying to go to university, with new figures showing the town has one of the smallest application rates in the country. Just 27.7 per cent of 18-year-old students in Weston applied for university last year, which is the lowest level since 2013. However, the picture in the […]

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Great results in GCSE exams

by mikebell on 26 August, 2016

In 2015, North Somerset schools achieved 4.7% higher than the national GCSE average for A*-C in English and mathematics. The initial results for this year show a further 2.6% improvement in North Somerset as 63.1% of students achieved an A*-C in English and mathematics combined compared to 60.5% in 2015. Councillor Mike Bell said: “Congratulations to […]

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North Somerset’s secondary schools are among the best performing in England – but its primary schools are still some way behind, Ofsted’s annual report has revealed. 93 per cent of North Somerset’s secondary schools are rated “good” or “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog, ranking the district 17th in England for secondary school performance in […]

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Youth funding halved in five years

by mikebell on 28 July, 2015

Services for young people including youth offending and support for pregnant teenagers has been cut by nearly half in the past five years. A report by The Children’s Society and the National Children’s Bureau shows North Somerset Council’s spending in children’s centres and other early intervention services for young people has fallen by £8.4million in […]

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Welcome cash boost for run-down schools

by mikebell on 8 November, 2011

NORTH Somerset’s most-dilapidated primary schools could be set for welcome repair work after a cash boost of more than £1.3million was announced by the Government. Although the money has been handed to North Somerset Council to manage a shortfall in pupil places, some of the money is likely to be spent on repair work across […]

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Disadvantaged children receive cash boost

by mikebell on 19 October, 2011

DISADVANTAGED schoolchildren across North Somerset received a boost this week when it was announced they would receive more money from the Government. Schools across the district will now receive £249,500 more for pupil premiums which will be used on a range of activities for the underprivileged or struggling pupils. The plans, which were unveiled by […]

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