News Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva left Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, in the early hours of Monday morning

Stonyhurst headmaster rules their return as 'untenable' after their departure to the Caribbean sparked an international search

Mr Gove’s department was censured by the NAO earlier this year

Michael Gove hands school £17m

School dubbed 'the Eton of the state sector' has the enthusiastic support of the Education Secretary

Tiger cubs: Guan Tianlang (pictured) and Ye Wocheng have both gone to American finishing schools to improve their game

China's golfing poster boys are driving a boom

But the world can relax – not all the teen talent is as good as Ye Wocheng and Tianland Guan

Greg Dyke has given the thumbs down to a summer World Cup in Qatar

Premier League will not sit on commission looking to improve the England team

Former Three Lions manager Glenn Hoddle will be involved however

Book review: The Poets' Daughters, By Katie Waldegrave

Talented, spirited, the Lake Poets' offspring had mountains of their own to climb

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson attacks 'youth obsession' and 'distortion standards' of modern television

An obsession with youth has "distorted the standards" of today's TV, Sir Michael Parkinson has said.

Overview of site of planned Durand Academy on former St Cuthmans School site near Midhurst, West Sussex

Directors behind 'Eton of the state sector' Durand Academy boarding school for inner city pupils could face prosecution over accounts

The directors of the company behind a proposal to set up a state boarding school in the heart of the Sussex countryside have been warned they could face prosecution for failing to file their annual accounts.

Book review: Almost English, By Charlotte Mendelson

This cross-cultural story about the pains of growing up amuses but does not convince

Michael Gove visits Durand Academy School in Stockwell in 2011

Scaled down: State boarding school planned in countryside for inner-city pupils drops sixth form for now

Durand Academy says it still intends to submit proposals for a sixth-form block at a later stage

Roger LaVern: Keyboard player with the Tornados

After we had made 'Telstar'," the pianist Roger LaVern told me in 2009, "I thought it was a strange piece of music and I wasn't even sure if I liked it. When it started climbing the charts, I started to like it and now I find it absolutely incredible to think that I was involved with something so iconic."

The Education Secretary Michael Gove’s department has been censured by public spending watchdogs over a plan to set up a state boarding school for inner-city children in the heart of the Sussex countryside

Michael Gove censured over plan for inner-city boarders in Sussex countryside

The Education Secretary Michael Gove’s department has been censured by public spending watchdogs over a plan to set up a state boarding school for inner-city children in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

Bayern Munich, champions of Europe

The Calvin report: Stirring Champions League final shows how far English game must advance

No domestic teams could have sustained the pace or matched the invention

Aerial picture of Lago Epecuen village, some 600 km southwest of Buenos Aires

The 'real life Atlantis': Eerie photographs capture Villa Epceun - the Argentinian town that spent 25 years underwater

Eerie images have captured a deserted village once dubbed the “real life Atlantis” after it spent over 25 years under water.

Lauryn Nwaeze, 16, is completing her GSCEs at Harefield Academy and moved to the boarding house at the school in September

Academies and free schools in rush to open state-funded boarding schools

Children from less privileged backgrounds could benefit from surge in applications

Children should be allowed to suffer bumps or bruises during their school days to help them build character, a leading headteacher has said

'Climb trees! Drive go-karts!': A few bumps and bruises 'help to develop a schoolchild's character' says headteacher

Children should be allowed to suffer bumps or bruises during their school days to help them build character, a leading headteacher will say today.

Review: She Left Me the Gun - My Mother's Life Before Me, By Emma Brockes

Every picture tells two sides of a story

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