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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.

Wade Deacon in Widnes sustained its GCSE performance year on year despite a Government review tightening how exam results are collated meaning vocational qualifications can not be passed off as contributing to English and maths scores

Wade Deacon leads pack in GCSEs in Widnes and Runcorn as many schools feel sting of stricter results regime

INTERACTIVE: FIND OUT HOW YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL DID: Several high schools' results plummet after loopholes closed by Government's Wolf review

David Harari with winners Dave Barber and Carl Hatton

Construction students celebrated at skills competitions

Competition to test the mettle of would-be building industry workers held at Riverside College

Andy Reid represented the military charity Pilgrim Bandits to speak to children at Hallwood Park Primary School

Afghanistan war hero and triple amputee visits Runcorn primary school

Andy Reid spoke to children and their families at Hallwood Park Primary School

Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Widnes

Widnes students take part in firefighter-led enrichment programme

Pupils from Ormiston Chadwick Academy are learning skills on the Respect Programme

Pupils at the opening night of We Will Rock You

Annual performance showcases musical talents of Widnes students

We Will Rock You performed by Saints Peter And Paul Catholic College students

Students at Cronton Sixth Form College are hoping to experience life at universities in the United States, after being selected to apply for the prestigious Sutton Trust US Programme 2015

From Cronton to Harvard

Students from Cronton Sixth Form College selected to apply for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2015

Previous apprenticeships from Riverside College returned to the Engineering and Construction Skills Centre to inspire prospective Engineering Apprentices

Engineering Students Inspired to ‘Get In, Go Far’

Engineering Students Inspired to ‘Get In, Go Far’ at Riverside College

Plans to demolish and relocate Halebank Church Of England School in the same area have been approved by Halton Council.

Plan to demolish and rebuild Widnes school approved by councillors despite HSE objections

Councillors have given the green lights to plans to rebuild Halebank C Of E Controlled Primary School

Valerie Allen, Riverside College governor and Halton Chamber Of Commerce vice chairwoman, will stand as a Conservative candidate in this year's General Election for the seat of Sefton Central.

Halton businesswoman to stand as Tory candidate in Sefton in General Election

Valerie Allen is Halton Chamber Of Commerce's vice chairwoman

Tom Ford-Smith studied Animal Management at Cronton Sixth Form and has now progressed onto a management role at Farmer Teds

Widnes students secure farm jobs after completing placements during college course

Cronton Sixth Form College students Tom Ford-Smith and Abby Johns have landed jobs at Farmer Ted's Farm Park

Halebank Church Of England School in Halebank, Widnes. Plans to demolish and relocate the school in the same area are set to be approved by Halton Council.

Plans to relocate Widnes school set to be approved despite Health And Safety Executive objections

Halebank Church Of England School is set to be demolished and rebuilt

Statistics have shown that just over 29% of youngsters begin their education in Runcorn and Widnes either overweight or obese, which grows to more than 33% by the time they leave primary school. PIC: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Campaign aims to slash Halton children's sugar intake in bid to combat obesity

Change4Life has been launched by Public Health England

All award winners on stage

Students and proud families back for college awards night

Cronton Sixth Form College students returned to their former institution

Valerie Allen, Riverside College governor and Halton Chamber Of Commerce vice chairwoman, has been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List.

Halton Chamber vice chairwoman awarded MBE in New Year Honours

Valerie Allen, also a Riverside College governor and commercial manager in Widnes, honoured for services to business and the community

St Augustine's School, Conwy Court, Castlefields, Runcorn.
St Michael's Catholic Primary School in Ditton has been rated 'good' by Ofsted.

Widnes primary school rated 'good' by education watchdog

St Michael’s Primary School was inspected by Ofsted at the end of November

Trainees on Merseylink's pre-employment course in the construction centre at Riverside College. Photo courtesy of Riverside College.

Halton residents gain construction skills through Merseylink training course

Nine Runcorn and Widnes residents attended Riverside College as part of the initiative

Science students from Cronton Sixth Form Juliet Porter, Catherine Arnold and Andrew Owen won the Armourers and Brasiers Sixth Form materials competition

Widnes students receive science awards in London ceremony

Juliet Porter, Catherine Arnold, and Andrew Owen from Cronton Sixth Form College attended the awards ceremony at the Armourers' Hall

Harrison Lightfoot with his stack of toys to be donated to the Wire FM toy appeal

Generous Widnes schoolboy donates toys bought through his own fundraising efforts

Harrison Lightfoot is a pupil at Farnworth Church Of England Primary School

St Chad's Catholic And Church of England High School in Runcorn is in special measures.

Runcorn school in special measures has improvement plan deemed 'not fit for purpose' by inspectors

St Chad's Catholic And Church Of England High School was branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted in September