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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.

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

Some of the students who achieved at least three A level grades at A* or A in their subjects. Pictured are Thomas Sage, Mohaimen Al-Zubaidy, Ben Richards, Arron Dunne, William Hyde, Elias Rugen Madeleine Clarke, Jennifer Owens and Georgia Nield

Helsby High School, on Chester Road, celebrates A-level results

Helsby High School celebrates A-level results achievements

Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Sts Peters And Paul Catholic College on Highfield Road Widnes celebrates excellent rating

'Excellent' rating for Sts Peter And Paul Catholic College

Pupils from St Chads celebrate A-Level results day

Students at St Chad's in Runcorn receive examination results

St Chad's students celebrate A-level day

West Bank Primary School

Average teachers' pay at Runcorn and Widnes schools in special measures tops £37,000

Public spending lobby group says performance related pay should be considered

Half of Halton's schools shut tomorrow for industrial action

Local government workers and teachers strike over pay

West Bank Primary School in Widnes has been in special measures since May 2013.

Widnes school in special measures making 'reasonable progess' according to Ofsted

West Bank Primary School has been in special measures since May 2013

The logo designed by Jessica Whelan, of Halton Lodge Primary School, featuring a slogan devised by young people at HRMZ youth centre on Grangeway in Runcorn.
Hannah Smith, Jessica Rigby and Jack McAdam from Cronton Sixth Form.

Widnes students to experience life at prestigious universities over summer

Three Cronton Sixth Form students have gained a place on the Sutton Trust Scheme

The official launch of the Thomas Mottershead statue appeal in Victoria Park, Widnes.

Widnes VC winner’s statue campaign appeal officially launches

Thomas Mottershead was awarded honour posthumously in 1917

Skills minister brings Government push for apprenticeships to Runcorn

Matthew Hancock visited O2 in Preston Brook

Pamela Wright, executive principal at Wade Deacon in Widnes, thinks the NTL achievement is 'great'.

Widnes high school takes leading role in teaching standards

Wade Deacon chosen by the National College For Teaching And Leadership

The children who visited Burwardsley Education Centre.

Spinney kids take on great outdoors adventure days

Widnes pupils undertake outdoor activities on trip to Burwardsley

The DfE logo

DfE to shut 'outstanding' nursery in Runcorn to cash in on building sale

Parent fears children's learning will suffer as education departments

Thomas Hendey, of Runcorn, is a marine engineer on board Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond.

Marine engineer from Runcorn takes on Syria mission

Thomas Hendey is escorting chemical weapons to the Middle East aboard HMS Diamond

The Bankfield will become the Ormiston Chadwick Academy in September.

Runcorn nursery rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – months after being deemed ‘inadequate’

A Runcorn nursery has experienced a turnaround in fortunes after  being rated ‘good’ by an education watchdog.