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Education is always a lively topic in Halton - even more so since radical reforms that paved the way for the town’s first state-funded academies. We celebrate the good work being done in Halton's nurseries, schools and colleges - and are not afraid to challenge the problems. From league table analysis to lessons with a twist, the Weekly News gets to the heart of what’s going on across the region’s education sector.

Lunts Heath pupils with BMX champion Charlotte Green earlier this year. Halton is set to receive an extra £10,000 in funding from the Department For Transport to help children learning cycling skills.
Riverside College hairdressing student Louise Dawson

Hairdressing student from Halton college gives makeover to customers at Widnes fashion store

Louise Dawson, who studies at Riverside College, restyled customers' hair at the Widnes branch of New Look

Uniformed services students at Cronton Sixth Form attend an Army PDA day at St Helens Army Reserve Centre

Students from Widnes college experience life in the Army

Uniformed services students from Cronton Sixth Form College visited St Helens Army Reserve Centre

Widnes teacher caught with cocaine banned from profession for at least 10 years

Andrew Mark Fowler, described as 'excellent' teacher, resigned from St Peter And Paul Catholic College after conviction but said he did not take any of the drug after he found it on 'nightclub toilet floor'

The Cast of Dracula: The Musical

Widnes college students captivates audience with performance of Dracula: The Musical

The performances at Cronton Sixth Form College all sold out

Representative of the Royal Society of London visited the Physics department at Cronton Sixth Form Collge to learn more about scientific research in the STEM clubs

Royal Society Of London representatives visit Widnes college in science discovery trip

Cronton Sixth Form College welcomed Marie-Claude Dupois and Steven Simpson

Riverside and Cronton College Winners Under 19 Boys

Widnes students become table tennis champions

Saints Peter And Paul Catholic College and Wade Deacon pupils were among the winners at the Cheshire Schools Table Tennis Association Team competition

Just over 28% of children in their first year of primary school in Runcorn and Widnes are overweight or obese. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Halton infants are second fattest in England

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Nearly one in three obese or overweight by age five as top doc says deprived children being failed by 'ridiculous' food pricing and warns councils to beware erosion of space for play and exercise

The History Society at Cronton Sixth Form

Memorial at Widnes college marks Great War centenary outbreak

Cronton Sixth Form College's History Society has chosen a painting to be permanently displayed there

The Daniel Adamson in the 1970s approaching Warburton Bridge near Warrington

Ray Miller: Lotto bid the key to preserving famous canal tug for the nation

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Stephanie with Ms Manzini teacher from Mutari High School who was her mentor on the visit.

Teacher at Widnes school visits Zimbabwe to develop links in Africa

Stephanie Rose from Wade Deacon travelled more than 7,500 miles to Mutare

Cronton Sixth form students Ben Hardy, Kerry Brown and Mollie Downie have received Silver CREST Awards

Cronton science students receive awards for research projects

Cronton Sixth Form College students Molly Downie, Kerry Brown and Ben Hardy have received CREST Awards

A total of 10 early years registered providers were inspected by Ofsted across Runcorn and Widnes between July and August 2014. PIC: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ofsted statistics show results of nursery inspections across Halton over two months

A total of 10 early years registered providers - which includes nurseries - were inspected in Halton in July and August, with eight rated good

Halty's Den Day Nursery operates out of Halton General Hospital in Runcorn.

Runcorn nursery operating out of hospital rated 'good' by Ofsted

Halty's Den Day Nursery, which operated out of Halton General Hospital, was inspected by Ofsted near the end of October

Pupils from Farnworth CE Primary, Widnes took part in Children in Need and World Diabetes day

Widnes pupils fundraise for Children in Need and World Diabetes Day

Children at Farnworth Church Of England School, on Pit Lane, wore onesies, pyjamas and blue clothing on Friday, November 14

Cronton Sixth Form students present science projects at the Nuffield Presentation evening at the World Museum, Liverpool. L-R Adam Stringer, Jordan Marsh and Matthew Burniston

Talented science students from Widnes college present Nuffield Bursary Projects

Four students from Cronton Sixth Form College showcased their work at the Nuffield Presentation Evening

Award and celebration evening at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

Awards evening at Runcorn school marks students' achievements

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy welcomed Levi Tafari as a guest speaker

Higher Education Students Graduation

Celebrating with honours

Riverside College Celebrates Higher Education and Access students at Graduation

Castle View House in Runcorn

Council offered to buy mothballed Government building in Runcorn 'for £1'

Former mayor said empty site costing £30,000 a year in security but DfE says closure saving cash

West Bank Primary School in Widnes has been rated 'good' in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

Widnes primary school rated good by Ofsted after spending over a year in special measures

West Bank Primary School, on Cholmondely Street, has been rated 'good' by the education watchdog