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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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Slice of toast nearly causes student accommodation fire in Chelsea

A build-up of crumbs caught alight, leading to the evacuation of 200 people

Hounslow school makes country's top 100 list

St Mark's Catholic School has been hailed by ministers after being rated in the top 100 nationally for three key performance measures

Police give road safety lesson at new Polish Saturday school

Officers visited ProPOLONIA in Hounslow, which was set up to help Polish youngsters practise their mother tongue and learn more about the country's culture and traditions

Headteachers behind free school bid delighted by approval

Headteachers at schools across Hounslow are pooling their expertise to open the new HIP free school in Brentford and Isleworth, approved this week

HRH Princess Anne visits youth club to support graphic design project

Princess Anne, who is a patron for UK Youth, visited the Sulgrave Youth Club along with local MP Andy Slaughter


MP candidates for Uxbridge and South Ruislip make HS2 and Heathrow vows

Candidates from four of the five main political parties made promises at a public debate about how they would vote if elected to parliament

First Hillingdon apprenticeship graduation ceremony to take place

Uxbridge College apprentice Lakjit Chand
Graduates will wear gowns and mortar boards for the ceremony in July

Boris Johnson to be 'empty-chaired' at pre-election debate in Uxbridge

The London mayor, who will only attend one of three hustings debates, has been accused of "running scared" and treating voters with "utter contempt"

Schools & Academies

Young ballerina wins place at prestigious dance school

Ickenham schoolgirl Jasmine Whitford, 10, was chosen over hundreds of others from around the world for her spot at the Royal Ballet School

Record-breaking number of Brent pupils secure first-choice secondary schools

A record number of students in Brent have been accepted to their preferred secondary school this year, compared to 2014

West London schools left in the shade when it comes to using solar panels

Solar panels being laid
Friends of the Earth stats show Hounslow has the most with just six, but Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing, Hillingdon and Westminster don't have any

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Uxbridge and Hillingdon borough
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Hounslow, Heston and Isleworth, Chiswick
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Ealing, Southall, West Ealing and Hanwell
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Sports Reporter
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Feltham, Bedfont & Hanworth
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