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Hyndburn is served by seven high schools, Accrington Academy, St Christopher's CE High School, Mount Carmel, Hollins Technology College, Norden High School, Broadfield Specialist School and Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School. Its main further education provider is Accrington and Rosendale College.


Teenager hailed 'hero' for saving dog walker stuck in mine shaft for FIVE hours

Accrington Academy pupil Ben Cornthwaite heard the stricken man screaming for help as he was riding his trail bike

More than 100 firms in frame for Hyndburn Business Awards

Entries for the inaugural awards need to be submitted by Friday, May 6

Artist created dementia colouring book in memory of his late father

Neil Floyd created the book as part of an illustration and animation course

Devoted primary school teacher retires after 35 years

Julia Littler has worked at Moor End primary for her whole career

Look for familiar faces in our pictures from the 2000s

Were you at Accrington Carnival, Moorhead High School's reunion, or Warner's Pub?

Young scientists star at Mount Carmel inter-primary quiz

Seven primary schools took part in the 'Crazy for Science' event

GALLERY: Primary pupils 'Clean for the Queen' to keep borough tidy

Around 50 pupils from five schools took part in the event at Mount Carmel High

UPDATE: Bin collections suspended as blizzards continue to cause chaos across Hyndburn

Pilkingtonbus have suspended all services and 30 schools in the borough have closed

Host of schools closed across Hyndburn as blizzards wreak havoc

Heavy snowfall since last night is causing chaos on the roads

Criminology student Daniel Curwen took own life after row with girlfriend - inquest

Daniel, 30, was found hanged at home on St Edmund Street, Great Harwood

Family pays tribute to Paul Hart who died after car crash in Clayton-le-Moors

Passenger David Hargreaves also suffered serious injuries during the collision and remains in Royal Preston Hospital

Brother's tribute following death of former butcher David Swift aged 35

The dad-of-four from Accrington died of heart failure on February 6

World-renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins hits back at Oswaldtwistle head's 'bible' Twitter claim

St Andrew’s head Christina Wilkinson tweeted that ‘evolution is not a fact'

Hollins on top in borough's GCSE exam results

See how your local school performed in GCSE exams

Become a teacher and change lives with Teach First

The Accrington Observer is announcing its partnership with charity Teach First with the launch of the ‘Change Career, Change Lives’ teacher recruitment campaign across England and Wales 

Oswaldtwistle school headteacher in 'evolution is not a fact' Twitter row

A tweet attributed to St Andrew’s CE primary head Tina Wilkinson said there is 'more evidence that Bible is true'

Ju jitsu Sensei overcomes Parkinson's disease to achieve 5th dan black belt

Asghar Ali Shah trains at Accrington's Masters of Mixed Martial Arts Academy

New Year's Honours galore as four heroes recognised

Susan Johnson, Catherine Hill, Jean Spence and Phil Vincent-Barwood will be honoured by the Queen

PICTURES: Pupils take part in sponsored sleepover in aid of East Lancashire Hospice

Year 7 students at Mount Carmel High School in Accrington have raised more than £100 so far

'Inspirational' Accrington headteacher retires after four decades in education

Judith Williams has stepped down from her role at Peel Park Primary School

Over 700 people celebrate Great Harwood switch-on

The town was illumintated by beloved Accrington Stanley mascot Winstanley

We want your nativity pictures

The Observer will be publishing nativity pictures in its festive editions

PICTURES: Festive fun at Mount Carmel Christmas Fair

Hundreds of people supported the PTA fundraiser

Police called in after pupils post spate of 'sexual and racist posts' on social media

Police have urged parents to monitor phone and computer use

Looking back: Hyndburn celebrating the good times in years gone by

Former Observer photographer Garth Dawson looks back at snaps from yesteryear.

Time-trip: Our column of classic Accrington Observer pictures from the recent past

Do you recognise any of the faces in our photographs as we turn back the clock?

Tributes paid to 16-year-old Sophie Murray who died from a suspected blood clot

The family of the Accrington Academy pupil say she will always be loved

Tributes paid to former Accrington teacher after his death

James Anthony Clegg, known as Tony, has passed away aged 94

School bosses 'determined to demonstrate improvements' after Ofsted inspection

Mount Carmel High School in Accrington was given a 'requires improvement' rating despite scoring 'good' in three key areas

Looking back: Dancing days and sporting champions

Dancers at St John’s Ambulance in Accrington are shown in this week’s top picture.

Videos & Photos

Service marks third anniversary of death of Maundy Relief's Dorothy McGregor

Police launch CCTV appeal after attempted house burglary

CCTV image released after 'substantial' shoplifting incident

In This Week's Paper


Stuart Pike
Deputy editor specialising in politics
Alex Bell
Bethany English
District reporter
Beth Abbit
Court reporter
Jon Macpherson
Kate Watkins
Reporter specialising in communities
Garth Dawson
Photographer and columnist