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Education

Here you will find the latest news on West London's schools, academies and further education colleges, plus the area's prominent universities, Brunel and the University of West London. A baby boom in recent years has seen the demand for school places soar, triggering a rapid expansion of local schools and free schools coming on stream to keep up.

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Plans for new secondary school in Hounslow backed by blindness charity

The Thomas Lucas Academy would have longer hours than most schools so pupils could finish their homework with teachers' support, allowing them 'downtime' with their families

GCSE results in Hounslow soar 10 per cent in four years

A record 68.7 per cent of pupils in the borough this year achieved five or more A*-Cs including English and maths

Teletubby style huts could be coming to Cranford to shelter pupils from Heathrow noise

Cranford Primary School is believed to be the first in the borough to take up the airport's recent offer to build the space age domes

Disappointing GCSEs? Support is at hand in Hounslow

School leavers can sign up to a course designed to help them get back on track and back into education or work

A-levels: Hounslow pass rate higher than national average despite dip

The borough-wide pass rate dips from 99 per cent to 98.4, compared with the national average of 98.0 per cent

Universities

Place West London: Innovate to accumulate

Innovation is central to economic success and it’s something West London has a grand history in, writes Ross Sturley.

Brunel's Will Self critical of George Orwell

“Don't get me wrong. I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity"

Chiquito and Wagamama latest chains confirmed to open in Uxbridge

Both restaurants are expected to open in the town centre by the end of the year

Schools & Academies

New sixth form centre and art facilities for St Benedict's

The work should be completed for the Ealing school by the end of 2015

Mother and sister make desperate appeal for missing Hanwell schoolgirl to make contact

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Celebrities have joined the appeal to find Alice Gross who has been missing from her home in Hanwell since Thursday afternoon.

Olympic rower James Cracknell to challenge Boris in Uxbridge

Boris Johnson will face competition to be the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip next year from Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell.

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Steve Bax
Digital Editor, Get West London
Danya Bazaraa
Ealing, Acton Greenford and Northolt
Paul Bishop
Sports Editor
Caitlin Black
Pinner, Hatch End. Harrow Weald, Stanmore, Edgware, Queensbury and Kenton
Alix Culbertson
Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea
Robert Cumber
Hounslow, Heston and Isleworth, Chiswick
Zoe Drewett
Uxbridge, Ruislip, Eastcote, Hayes, Harlington & West Drayton
Alan Hayes
News Editor, Uxbridge Gazette
Camilla Horrox
Ealing, Southall, West Ealing and Hanwell
Matt Lewis
Sports Reporter
Chris Longhurst
News Editor, Hounslow Chronicle
Mhairi Macfarlane
News Editor, Harrow and Wembley Observer
Jacob Murtagh
Sports Reporter
Salina Patel
Hounslow, Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth
Ian Proctor
News Editor, Harrow and Wembley Observer
Hannah Raven
Uxbridge, Harefield, Northwood, Northwood Hills
Michael Russell
News Editor, Ealing, Fulham, Kensington and Westminster
John Shammas
Rayners Lane, South Harrow, North Harrow, Harrow on the Hill, Wealdstone and Wembley
Mort Smith
Community Editor, Uxbridge Gazette
Tim Street
Deputy Sports Editor
Paul Warburton
Sports Reporter