In this week’s Express

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In this week’s Express we report how a schools watchdog has branded Wakefield Council one of the worst-performing local authorities in the country for providing top quality primary education.

The annual Ofsted report said Wakefield is fourth from bottom in the national table of 150 authorities, with only half the district’s youngsters – including those in the Five Towns – attending a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ primary school between 2011 and 2012.

Also in the news...

– Community leaders say they fear Featherstone Sports Centre could be “privatised”.

– A Castleford-born TV producer has been nominated for one of the world’s top industry awards for his documentary about rock band Queen.

– A Pontefract library will shuts its doors this week as part of cost-cutting measures to save £800,000.

– Christmas lights pictures from Pontefract and Castleford.

In sport...

– All the latest from Featherstone Rovers, including a stadium redevelopment progress report and full fixture list for 2013.

– Castleford Tigers pleased with new home shirt launch and reveal a new main sponsor.

– Glass Houghton Welfare look for a new manager after Graham Hodder quits, plus a match report from their latest game and more from the local soccer scene.

– Pontefract ace James Willstrop does his bit to press claims for squash to be included in the Olympics.

– Plus extensive coverage of the local Amateur Rugby League and Rugby Union scene.

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