Two Midland schools have been dubbed the "best of the best" after being rated "outstanding" three times in a row by Ofsted inspectors.
The schools - King Edward VI Handsworth in Birmingham and Solihull's Arden School - are among 24 nationally judged to be the country's elite schools.
But while welcoming the accolade, the head of one of them - Ann Green at Arden - cast doubt on the long-term future of Ofsted.
She predicted the controversial regime, created 13 years ago, would be dismantled within a decade as self-evaluation took over.
Ofsted identified 47 schools in the region among 457 nationally that were rated outstanding in their last inspection.
The last dance at Birmingham's landmark Tower Ballroom will be performed next week.
The nostalgic final night will be held at the Edgbaston venue on Thursday December 15 as a tribute to the Tower's vibrant history.
The dancehall is to be bulldozed as part of major regeneration plans for the area surrounding Edgbaston Reservoir.
Developers have already submitted plans to build 40 family homes, 50 apartments and a small cafe on the site of the Tower.
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An upmarket bar has banned 'chavs' after their dodgy dress sense and yobbish behaviour scared off customers.
The Conservatory, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is refusing to serve people who wear Burberry caps, tracksuits, trainers and sovereign rings as part of a crackdown on louts.
Youths decked out in designer labels Rockport and Stone Island will also be turned away.
Manager Kirsty Burns, aged 23, said the new door policy was designed to "filter out" the yobs who have been causing problems in the bar.
The union that threatened Christmas air passengers with eight separate days of strike action at Birmingham International Airport has denied it has performed a U-turn by accepting a compromise deal.
On Monday night the industrial action threatened by Amicus members was cancelled after the union agreed to enter into binding arbitration despite rejecting a similar offer prior to the November ballot of members.
Amicus regional officer Peter Coulson said: "It certainly is not a U-turn.
"The terms of the arbitration, with the airport agreeing to review surveillance and working practices, is the core of the dispute."
Midland police forces are locked in a dispute over the future of law enforcement in the region.
West Midlands Police, Staffordshire Police and Warwickshire Police have all written to Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, calling for the creation of a strategic regional force.
But West Mercia Police has urged the Home Secretary to reject the proposal, so it can remain independent.
The forces presented their preferred options following consultation with local residents.
It means other possibilities considered by the Home Office, such as creating two forces by merging Warwickshire with West Midlands, and Staffordshire with West Mercia, have now been rejected by the forces themselves.
See Wednesday's Birmingham Post for more on these stories