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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.

St Chad's Catholic And Church Of England High School

Troubleshooter recruited in bid to rescue Runcorn school from special measures

Parents and carers meeting to take place says Halton Council following damning Ofsted inspection

Ofsted said governors were 'over-reliant' on St Chad's headteacher Andrew Keeley, pictured, and senior staff for exam data after it placed the high school in crisis conditions. updated

St Chad's High School placed in special measures in Runcorn

Watchdog punishes secondary for drop in GCSE standards as governors 'over-reliant' on exam data from headteacher to sort out problems and failure to meet statutory obligations on website

152 nurseries have been inspected across Halton since September 2008, with only two being rated inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted. PIC: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Halton Council welcome Ofsted statistics on inspections of borough's nurseries

152 early years providers have been inspected in Runcorn and Widnes since September 2008

West Bank Primary School in Widnes will become an Academy in January 2015.

Widnes primary school gains new headteacher ahead of Academy conversion

West Bank Primary School, currently in special measures, will become an Academy in January and Karen Highcock it the new headteacher

Julie Darnell, 39, died in a collision on the M56 near Runcorn on Thursday.

Family pays tribute to 39-year-old killed in M56 crash near Runcorn

Deceased was 'kind, considerate' and 'caring'

Big projects helping to boost employment in Halton include expansion at Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port and the Mersey Gateway. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Number out of work and training falls 34% in Halton

Jobcentre Plus says most will have found employment

Riders go past Wade Deacon High School in Widnes on September 8, 2014 as the Tour Of Britain passed through Halton.

Residents line roadsides as Tour Of Britain passes through Halton

Second stage of the cycling event crossed the Silver Jubilee Bridge

John Rigby, Executive Principal of Ormiston Chadwick Academy and Tuesday Humby

Widnes school currently in special measures reopens under a new name

The Bankfield, on Liverpool Road, is now Ormiston Chadwick Academy

Karate Masters Matt Fiddes and Steve James.

Widnes martial arts school gearing up for tenth anniversary

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Widnes launched in September 2004

The Youth Federation estimates that there are currently 6,650 children living in poverty in Halton.

Disadvantaged young people across Runcorn and Widnes to receive mentoring after organisation's funding boost

The Youth Federation (YF) will deliver the NGage programme to support 144 young people across Halton

Saints Peter And Paul Catholic College principal Wendy White

Saints Peter and Paul celebrates

Saints Peter and Paul celebrates GCSE results

The students pictured achieved a staggering 116 A* & A grades between them.
From left to right Michael Thompson, Anastasia Rybina, George Fairclough, Jessica Byrne, Jake Redmond, Isobel Ashley, Libby Banks, Jason Fairclough, Natasha Williams, Dillon Crilly, Pascale Cook, Thomas Ray

The Heath School GCSE results

The Heath School GCSE results

Nicola Glancey, Natalie Harry, Chelsea Holman, Natasha Riley, Amy Smith

St Chads GCSE Results

St Chads GCSE Results

Back left to right : Macauley Stoba,Lewis Mercer,Sam Kendrick,Alex Dewdney,Josh Hewitt, Lewis Roberts, Joe Bellis, Chris Warner
Front left to right : Milly Currie, Zoe Longworth, Zoe Thornhill, Holly Godden, Leah Tinsley, Charlotte Ireland

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy continues to impress

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy continues to impress

These students have an exceptional 138 A* and A grades between them! Back row: James Yates, Michael Donohue, Bethannie OConnor, Elle McLoughlin, Gareth Whitfield, Matthew Bannerman Front row: Chloe Birmingham, Clara Popp, Katherine Chandler, Emma Humphries, Eleanor Taylor, Chloe Doolan, Tula Wild

Wade Deacon celebrates another exceptional year

Wade Deacon celebrates another exceptional year

Some of the students who achieved at least five A*/A grades from Helsby High School. From left to right: Charlotte Walker, Faye Weatherall, Kate Vickery, Ellen Cropley, Alice Hughes, Lucy Williams, Eloise Houghton, Sylvia Hayes, Millie Newall, Emily Earps, Kate Lancaster, Matthew Nield, Thomas Vaughn, Andrew Gillott, Alexander McArthur, Daniel Burnett and Matthew Kilborn.

Helsby High School GCSE successes 2014

Helsby High School GCSE successes 2014

Nearly a fifth of mothers in Halton smoke throughout pregnancy

  • NHS

Rate falls slightly over past year

Pupils from Cronton Sixth Form celebrate their A Level Results

Cronton Sixth Form College, Widnes, A-level results the best in Cheshire and Merseyside

Cronton Sixth Form College, Widnes, A-level results the best in Cheshire and Merseyside

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy students celebrate A Level Results day

Ormiston Bolingbroke in Runcorn achieves huge success for fourth year running

Ormiston Bolingbroke achieves huge success for fourth year running

Students from Sir John Deanes celebrate A-Level results

A-level delight at Sir John Deane's College in Northwich

All smiles at Sir John Deane's College as students pick up A-level results