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School in the TV spotlight 

MANGOTSFIELD School will be the focus of national attention this month, featuring in the final two episodes of the BBC 2 documentary School.

The series, in which two other local  secondaries, Castle and Marlwood, have already been in the spotlight, has prompted discussion about the pressures facing schools in 2018, not least financial. South Gloucestershire is the worst funded of 150 local authorities for education. 

Cameras were in the schools for a year to make six one-hour episodes, looking at education "from bikeshed to boardroom". 

Inevitably, this means some less positive issues are highlighted but Will Roberts, chief executive of the trust that runs the three schools, plus Downend School and three primaries, said he hoped viewers would appreciate the open and honest approach. 


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