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Does academy status improve performance?

There has been a huge amount of debate surrounding the Government’s decision to initially force all schools to become academies – before a remarkable U-turn on the policy.

BARB search and rescue.

A Burnham-on-Sea hovercraft was called on to rescue a man from an inflatable boat at the weekend after he found himself trapped on a mud bank, following a high tide.

Weston Technical College Extra Mural Department exhibition of work. Mrs. V.D. Croker and Mrs. C.C. Miller show their children some of the articles made by students at Evening classes in Weston.

A warning about watching too much television and a new payroll tax made the headlines in 1966.

Fire crews were called to East Brent earlier this evening.

Fire crews in Burnham-on-Sea were called to help retrieve two women trapped inside a vehicle following a road traffic accident earlier this evening (Monday).

Sad dog disapointed next to no pooping sign

‘Our streets are plagued with poo’ – these are the words of one Weston-super-Mare councillor, who is desperate to clean up the town’s streets.

Charity’s bird advice

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Great tit chicks at Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

These great tit chicks are two of the many birds Secret World Wildlife Rescue is set to take care of across the summer – and the charity is offering advice to people who have found an injured bird.

Churchill design ITV

Students from Churchill Academy and Sixth Form have been impressing broadcasting giants ITV with themed lights created for a display at their studios in Bristol.

Clara Mann

A girl from North Somerset is facing heartbreak with the NHS set to refuse approval for a ‘magic’ cystic fibrosis drug which changed her life – because it is too expensive.

Lewis Fewings with a cycle similar to the one which was stolen.

A disabled Weston-super-Mare man is fundraising for a £900 adapted trike because his was stolen – but after his health deteriorated he had to spend all his savings on a new wheelchair instead.

Katrina Titcombe performing.

Two Weston College students have secured a ‘fantastic’ experience to perform in a professional theatre after being scouted at a college-run festival.

Weston businesses are not torn on the EU decision.

The business sector will undoubtedly be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum, and Weston employers have spoken out in a survey.

Streetfest Weston Town Square.Nemisis Boys with the Lyra girls.

A street dance competition will be held in the Tropicana later this year as part of its reinvention as an events space.

Hungry boy with beautiful eyes waiting for dinner

The quality of life in Weston-super-Mare town centre is so poor that more than a third of the area’s children live in poverty, life expectancy is around a decade lower than the North Somerset average and dozens of people say there is ‘nothing to be proud of’ about living in the town.

North Somerset Council Weston-super-Mare
Valerie Pierce.

A mother of two died at Weston General Hospital after a surgeon decided it was not urgent to operate, despite being called twice by concerned junior doctors.

The decision was made by North Somerset Council

Plans to keep five gypsy caravan pitches in Hewish were this week given a green light by North Somerset Council.

A new traffic calming scheme in Burnham has had a positive impact.

A traffic calming scheme introduced in Stoddens Road, in Burnham, is ‘doing the trick’ according to the councillor who introduced it.

Pupils at the street party.

Children at a North Somerset primary school wore their finest red, white and blue outfits and enjoyed a street party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Phil Read with his bicycle.

A cyclist from Weston-super-Mare will ride alongside England rugby legends Lawrence Dallaglio and Austin Healy in Cycle Slam 2016 next month, and he needs your help to reach his funding target.


Wooden holiday lodges could soon be springing up in a North Somerset village after a planning application was approved this week.

Council chairman

A long-serving Weston-super-Mare councillor has been named the new chairman of North Somerset Council.

Supply teachers are costing North Somerset millions of pounds.

More than £3million is being spent on recruiting supply teachers in North Somerset, new figures have revealed, equating to more than £200 per child.

Anita Wingrove and her

A Weston-super-Mare care home worker will be supported by her friends and colleagues when she takes on a gruelling 10-mile hiking challenge in aid of Weston Hospicecare next month.

Weston Hospicecare

‘Glorious’ village fun run

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friends Seamus Barnett, Josh Moon and Ted Milne.

People in Wrington laced up their trainers to take part in the village’s annual fun run.

Vote Leave Bus

The Vote Leave campaign bus, also known as the Brexit Battle Bus, stopped off in Weston-super-Mare this weekend.

Planning bid for new pitch

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A North Somerset football club is seeking planning permission to create three new football pitches.

Shop tribute to dad

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Shop owner Richard Hardwidge.

A new kitchen and bathroom shop has opened in Burnham as a ‘perfect’ tribute to the owner’s late father.

Organisers of Weston's Food Festival, who are highlighting the darker issues surrounding food.

Volunteers from the Weston super Food Festival gathered to highlight the ‘darker’ issues around food.

Weston super Food Festival
The new warnings that have been put on the signs.

Burnham beach has this week introduced warning signs advising visitors not to swim in the ‘poor’ quality sea water.

A campaign will remind people to clean up after their dogs.

A pilot scheme to crack down on dog fouling is being launched in Worle following a two-year campaign by a parent.

Jodie Pitt.

Two walkers are urging people to raise money for Weston Hospicecare by taking part in this year’s Mercury Mendip Challenge.

Weston Hospicecare
Pupils taking part in the daily one mile run.

A North Somerset primary school has signed up to a scheme which it hopes will improve the fitness levels of its pupils.

Hospice receives donation

Friday, May 20, 2016
Weston Hospicecare's director of fundraising, Alison Sopp, with Sarah Lunn from CJ Hole.

Weston Hospicecare says it is delighted after receiving a £200 donation from Burnham estate agents CJ Hole with Edward Creswick.

Weston Hospicecare

College debate welcomes MP

Friday, May 20, 2016
MP John Penrose took part in a debate with Weston College students.

Weston College welcomed the town’s MP John Penrose to an immigration debate with students, which he said was ‘impressive’.

Sea cadets raise over £300

Friday, May 20, 2016
The Sea Cadets need new members

Burnham and Highbridge Sea Cadets raised £332.96 following a collection in the town on Saturday.

Peter and Roger Ferrier.

The brother of a Weston-super-Mare man, who ran a construction company and enjoyed the outdoor life, has paid tribute to him after he died earlier this month.

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