POLL: Bad parking, smoking or dog mess - What's your pet hate at the school gates?

Bad parking and people smoking outside the school gates are among the biggest annoyances for parents in the Midlands, a survey has revealed.
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Actors explored themes of power and control in the performance of Chelseas Choice at Belper School.

Youngsters learn danger signs with council-funded play

Young people in Belper have been taught a valuable lesson with the performance of a powerful educational play, funded by the town council.

Staff and children at the Tree Tops Nursery in Belper enjoy their new fairy garden; (l-r) Leah Milner, Euan Garrity, nursery manager Stefanie Reardon, Ava Kulec, Chloe Seaton, and Jessica Riley

Nursery’s fairy garden helps children ditch the dummy

A Belper nursery is looking to cast a spell on the town’s toddlers after creating a magical fairy garden to help wean them off their dummies.

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, the Arts Award group perform as a band

Aderwasley Hall turns school of rock for talent show

Alderwasley Hall was alive with the sound of music last week, as the school staged its annual talent show.

The county council has issued a statement in response to a court ruling yesterday.

Derbyshire County Council does 'not condone parents taking children on term-time holidays'

Derbyshire County Council has said it does 'not condone parents taking their children on term-time holidays'.

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Fines for taking children out of school for holidays are once again in the news.

POLL: Should fines for taking children on holiday during term-time be reconsidered?

Fines for taking children out of school during term-time for holidays are once again back in the news.

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The Supreme Court have allowed the appeal.

Dad loses legal battle over term-time holidays

A father has lost a landmark legal battle over being fined for taking his daughter on holiday during school term-time.
Brass band to perform concert for African music charity

Brass band to perform concert for African music charity

Belper’s premier league brass band is gearing up for the first in a series of charity concerts to support a groundbreaking international development charity.

Are you as smart as an 11-year-old?

Are you as smart as an 11-year-old?

New research has revealed just 16 per cent of parents score full marks in an 11 Plus quiz.

Splitz Dance Centre has enjoyed plenty of success since opening its doors 16 years ago.

Belper dance school gearing up for spectacular show

The mother and daughter team behind one of Belper’s leading dance schools is gearing up for their biggest nights of the year next month—and the moments that make all the work worthwhile.

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Bright spark’s Star Wars style robot wows Big Bang competition judges

A student from Swanwick Hall School in Alfreton has will be heading to the UK final of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition on March 15 and 16 after wowing judges at the regional heats.

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Belper Bridge Club secretary Mick Hepworth shows his hand.

Belper bridge club offers lessons for beginners

It has been a fixture of Belper’s social life for more than half a century, and next month will bring a new opportunity to join the town’s booming bridge club.

Parents have been learning of their child's secondary school place.

SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES: What to do if you didn't get your first choice

Parents across Derbyshire have been learning of their child's secondary school place today.

Will your child get a place at their first choice secondary school?

95% of Derbyshire applicants set to get first choice secondary school place, study says

More than 95 per cent of applicants in Derbyshire look set to receive a place at their first choice secondary school, according a new study.

Derbyshire County Councillors Stuart Bradford (left) and John Owen celebrate the deal to save Belper Childrens Centre with mums and volunteers from Belper Early Years Fun who are to take over its services.

Mums group clinch deal to save Belper Children’s Centre

A leading Amber Valley housing provider has joined forces with a group of mums to help protect vital services for young families in Belper.

There are plenty of jobs you don't need a university degree for.

REVEALED: Five top jobs you don't need a degree for

A new survey has revealed some of the top jobs that don't require university degrees.

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Special school to remain closed after gas supply ‘cut off’

A special school in Derbyshire will be unable to reopen on Monday after its gas supply was cut off.

Teacher Roxanne Bunn collected a hat-trick of honours at the Guild of Photographers' annual awards.

Belper teacher wins national photography awards

A Belper primary teacher is celebrating extra-curricular success after collecting a hat-trick of awards in a national photography competition.

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Lingotot North Derby teacher Melissa Hanratty was cheering on her collegue's Dragons' Den appearance this week.

Belper language school founder enters Dragons’ Den

The boss of a Belper language school for children was glued to the television this week as the company’s founder chased the cash on Dragons’ Den.

Should pupils be allowed to wear slippers to school?

Derbyshire school becomes first in Britain to allow pupils to wear slippers

A Derbyshire primary school has become the first in Britain to allow pupils to wear slippers.
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