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Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

Head of St Mary’s, Mike Kennedy, aims for ‘all-comers’

Top Merseyside private school St Mary’s College signs up to state sector

The elite Catholic college, launchpad to many illustrious alumni, will be open to all-comers

As many as 100 independent schools could join the state sector within a decade as free schools or academies

15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

Lambeth night bus attack: Two men charged over attack on woman that left her unconscious after 'argument over her dress'

Police described the incident as a 'shocking attack... prompted by nothing more than a brief exchange of words'

A police officer shows the correct way to deploy a Taser X26 stun gun

A shocking test of the Taser – and why police want more of them

Can officers justify the weapon’s increased use? Jamie Merrill is put in charge for a Met simulation

Tim Hands, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, is ‘deeply sceptical’ about politicians running the education system

Schools boss tells Michael Gove: The system isn't broken

Leading teacher urges Education Secretary to 'leave exams alone'

Sick of school sport? University might just relight your fire

Ultimate frisbee? Jiu-Jitsu? Octopush? There are so many more sports besides football and rugby waiting for you at university

Paul Bhattacharjee: Actor whose work took in the RSC, the Royal Court and 'EastEnders'

Paul Bhattacharjee, whose sudden death has caused shock and sadness in the theatre world, was a versatile and talented actor. He had played in a wide variety of roles in over 40 productions, ranging from Shakespeare to EastEnders through to the Bond film Casino Royale.

William, in 1982, photographed with his mother and father at Kensington Palace

Royal baby: From childcare to schools - what next for the Prince of Cambridge?

While all eyes are on the labour ward of Queen Mary’s hospital, there are plenty of other details of the royal baby’s life – from childcare to schooling – to be considered.

An immigrant’s perspective on immigration

It wouldn't be wrong to call London the immigrant capital of the world

Nick Compton was spotted as a 15-year-old in the nets in Durban by Tim Boon, now an England academy coach

Nick Compton treads his own path to follow in Denis’ legendary steps

England icon’s grandson has taken circuitous route to Test debut

Silent tribute to mark 60th anniversary of Britain's worst peacetime rail disaster

A busy station came to a brief halt during rush-hour today for a minute's silence to mark the 60th anniversary of Britain's worst peacetime rail disaster.

Boy, eight, found on Tube tracks at Stanmore

An eight-year-old boy found trespassing on London Underground tracks was led to safety by a Tube cleaner, it was revealed today.

Archie Bland: You're a posho, Benedict, just shut up about it

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Archie Bland: You're a posh boy, Benedict, just shut up about it

I know what it's like, Benedict Cumberbatch. When your name sounds like Snozzlebert Mugglewump, or is an abbreviation of Archibald, and everything about your bearing and hair suggests, accurately, that you went to public school, it is easy to feel, as you say you do in a Radio Times interview, that there's a lot of "posh-bashing that goes on". It's "so predictable, so domestic, so dumb": the weight of your good fortune hangs around your neck like a millstone. You feel justified in giving arch warnings that it's enough to drive a fellow to America. You feel misunderstood.

Mark Ramprakash unfurls a typical cover drive during the tour of West Indies when he hit his first Test century

Angus Fraser: We had the odd bust-up but playing with Mark Ramprakash was a joy

We had a toe-to-toe argument about who would sit in the back seat... He won

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