Fun and Games for schoolchildren

Pupils from 17 schools Wigan North Consortia have taken part in a variety of sporting challenges at the Highland Games event.
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Pupils remember tragic Wigan teen

School pupils have performed a special show to mark the first anniversary of the death of a popular teenager
Debra Wood

Wigan headteacher in quit shock

Wigan’s education community has been rocked by the news that a popular headteacher has suddenly stepped down.
Holy Family School in Platt Bridge

Wigan school which banned parents is ‘still failing’

A Wigan primary where parents were banned from the grounds requires more improvement before it can leave special measures.

The most popular answer was mum

Mums and dads are children's superheroes

Forget Superman and Spiderman, mums and dads are children's real-life superheroes, according to a poll.

New data shows one in eight of England's mainstream secondaries - 365 in total - fell below the government's minimum standards in 2017

Rising numbers of secondary schools are under-performing

Official figures suggest rising numbers of secondary schools are under-performing.

Did your child get into their first-choice school?

Parents struggle to secure top school choice

Parents in around a fifth of areas in England are finding it harder to get their child into their top choice of primary school, figures suggest.

Cansfield High School in Ashton

School hailed for improvements

A borough high school has been praised by watchdogs for turning things round after a bad inspection.

St John's CE Primary School in Abram was rated as "good" after an Ofsted inspection

Ofsted inspectors praise three primary schools

Three of the borough’s primary schools have been judged as “good” by education inspectors.

Standish High has been incorporated into an academy with Southlands High at Chorley

Academy status is formalised at high school

Plans to convert one of the borough’s leading schools into an academy have been approved.

Youngsters tuck into their desserts

We feed over 100 primary schools every Christmas

If you’re fretting about how dry your Christmas turkey might be - or whether the brussel sprouts could end up as hard as bullets - spare a little thought for the chefs at Metrofresh.
Talk to your child about having some responses ready if they are asked to send explicit images

Advice for parents concerned about children sexting

Child safety group Internet Matters has released a new list of tips for parents who are concerned about their children taking part in sexting.
Staff and governors at Nicol Mere Primary School

Borough schools achieve well above UK average

Wigan primary school children are performing above the national average in three core subjects, staying one step ahead of the rising standards and excelling despite a more “rigorous” curriculum.

Winstanley College, one of the two named schools

Parent Power list celebrates our top schools

Parent power has given some of the borough’s best schools something to celebrate after they made a list of the country’s best places to learn.

Retiring head Pat Carter with pupils

'I've had the best of both worlds', says retiring head

A Wigan headteacher is calling an end to a career spanning more than three decades when she retires at the end of the year.

Young people are taking out substantial loans to pay for courses without much effective help and advice

Spending watchdog raises 'mis-selling' concern over university degree courses

Graduates in England are saddling themselves with £50,000 of debt while potentially being "mis-sold" degree courses by universities, the Government's spending watchdog has said.

Holy Family School in Platt Bridge

Parents excluded from Wigan school grounds

Parents have been excluded from the grounds of a Wigan school after grown-ups and even pupils were threatened.
Principals, including Louise Tipping (front row far right), protest over funding levels

College chiefs’ fund plea

The principals of Wigan’s sixth form colleges have urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to boost funding for all sixth form students - not just those studying maths.


Flood hit schools and nurseries close across Lancashire

Following last night's torrential rain and flooding a number of schools across Lancashire have announced that they will be closed today.
An app is helping pupils tackle bullies

App helps Wigan schoolchildren report bullying

Thousands of pupils across Wigan are using an app to report incidents of bullying in safety and without fear of reprisals.

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