The New Plans for the Plymouth Community Shopping Centre

The plans for the redevelopment of the Southway Shopping Centre on Southway Drive have been unveiled.

The applications submitted by Mitchell Architects Ltd show that the development will include improving the outside of the top floor, new car park lighting along with enhancing the overall look of the entire shopping centre including the flats.

The plans will not only make for additional retail space in the shopping centre but will also create 14 new one-bedroom apartments – breathing new life into the area on Plymouth’s Southway Drive!

The Best State Schools in the UK

At the same time as many students in the United Kingdom are getting their GCSE scores, the heads of secondary schools in the UK are looking forward to receiving their school performance grades as well.

In the previous year, the official government report named Liverpool’s The Blue Coat School the United Kingdom’s best performing school. In second place came the Colyton Grammar School followed by Reading’s Kendrick School.

One of the other state schools in the UK that this ranking very well for several years already is Thomas Telford in Shropshire. The headmaster of the school, Kevin Satchwell announced this week that a staggering 98% of the school students are receiving grades and range from A* to C, despite grades in the UK falling on average.

Top ranking girls grammar School The Henrietta Barnett School is ranking second this time around for provisional rankings of schools by last week’s A Level results.

This year’s GCSE results are not officially available yet, but various data supplied by individual schools to several news outlets in the UK can already give a solid indication on what schools rank best.

You can find the complete list of the top hundred state schools in the United Kingdom at the Telegraph

It is noteworthy to mention that the number of pupils who passed the GCSE dropped significantly this time around, despite a record number of students having retaken their tests in the hopes for better grades.

The results where all the pupils scored top grades dropped by as much as 2.1% as compared to the previous year, this is the biggest drop of average grades since the UK started the exams more than 25 years ago.

Among the reasons given for the poorer grades are education reforms including the new ruling that all pupils must achieve at least a grade C or better in English and Maths, which led to an increased number of students who had to retake their tests.

If you’re looking for a good alternative to the U.K.’s state schools, a private, independent school may be an option. If you see prep school Bedfordshire you can read all about it and get more information.

New Braking Technology for London Tube Creates Electricity

London’s Transport for London is testing a new system that can collect energy from trains braking. According to a spokesman of TfL, the new system should be able the power a large underground station two days a week.

How does this new regenerative braking technology work?

The new braking system converts kinetic energy into electricity. TfL set up a “inverter” near Cloudesely Road from where they send the created electricity to another station.

Up to 1 MWh off electric power can be collected per day,  according to TfL. In savings that means that London’s Tube will be able to cut up to 5% of its energy bill.

However, the system has another beneficial effect. The new brakes will be reducing the amount of heat that is normally generated by the trains braking. This means that it will require less energy to operate the Tube’s cooling system. It may even have a positive effect in the summertime, making commuting in London more tolerable on hot days!

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