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Steiner state school in Bristol launches legal action against Ofsted | Education

A Steiner school in Bristol is launching legal action against its latest Ofsted report, which rated the school as “inadequate” and resulted in it being placed in special measures. The governing body of Steiner Academy Bristol said the schools watchdog’s inspection and judgment process showed bias against Steiner schools. The legal challenge will argue the Ofsted inspection was flawed and inspectors lacked proper evidential basis for their conclusions. A series of Ofsted inspections, published in the past few weeks, found…

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Bristol students told to study at SS Great Britain due to overcrowding | Education

Overcrowding in libraries and a severe shortage of desks have led to students at the University of Bristol being offered places to study at the SS Great Britain. The university’s history department has told students looking for somewhere quiet to revise during the January exam period that they can reserve desks at the site in Bristol harbour where Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s steamship is housed in a dry dock, more than a mile from their campus across the Avon. The students…

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‘Students have a bad name’: how cities are healing the town v gown divide | Education

Wild parties, chaotic flatshares and heavy drinking are viewed with affection as the youthful hijinks associated with university life – but not by everyone. With some universities rapidly expanding following the removal of the student numbers cap, these behaviours are fuelling a growing divide between students and their local communities. The past year has seen reports describe how residents are “fed up” with noisy student parties in Bristol, how student housing is “destroying the local community” in Brighton and Liverpool,…

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‘Symbolically posh’ Bristol University expanding to wrong side of tracks | Education

In the well-heeled district of Clifton in Bristol, with its Georgian crescents and French brasseries, 100% of school leavers go to university. Yet in the southern suburb of Hartcliffe, the figures are the lowest in the country: only 8.6% make it there. This is the divided face of Brexit Britain. Bristol University, part of the Russell Group and a favourite among private school students, has long been at the privileged heart of Clifton. But it has radical plans to pull…

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Neglect by mental health trust led to Bristol student’s suicide | UK news

Neglect by a mental health trust contributed to the suicide of a Bristol University student with severe social anxiety who was found dead on the day she was due to take part in a “terrifying” oral test, a coroner has ruled. The senior Avon coroner Maria Voisin criticised the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS trust (AWP) for not putting in place a management plan that would have given Natasha Abrahart hope and managed her risk. After the inquest,…

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‘She went through torment’: parents criticise Bristol over student suicide | Education

“They had six months to help but didn’t do anything.” That is the verdict of Natasha Abrahart’s parents. Margaret and Robert Abrahart have accused Bristol University and mental health services of letting down their student daughter who had severe social anxiety and was found hanged on the day she was due to give a daunting presentation. They argue the university should have known her condition made it excruciatingly difficult to talk in front of other students or teachers; that it…

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Suicidal Bristol student left without medicine, inquest hears | Education

A vulnerable university student who twice tried to kill herself was left for a month without anti-depressant medication before she was found dead, an inquest has heard. Natasha Abrahart was concerned she could lose her place on a prestigious science course and university GPs had concluded she was a high suicide risk, the court was told. The 20-year-old was referred to local mental health services and initially prescribed anti-depressants. But the inquest heard she had been left with no medication…

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