Here are the top five stories published in Reading this week (Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6).

1. Reading school told to improve by Ofsted inspectors

Reading Chronicle:

A school in Reading has been told to improve by education inspectors.

The Wren secondary school in West Reading was inspected by education watchdog Ofsted earlier this year.

The school was previously rated ‘Good’ during its inspection by the state schools regulator in 2018.

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2. List of medical conditions exempt from paying council tax

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In the UK thousands of people are paying council tax unaware that they could potentially avoid paying the national tax or receive a discount.

It comes as many could be offered a discount if they have been diagnosed by a doctor as “severely mentally impaired” (SMI) according to The Mirror.

A person's discounts vary depending on if they live with others with some cases potentially meaning that you could be owed money in back payments.

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3. Mystery yellow box turns up in Caversham

Reading Chronicle:

A bizarre object has recently stumped passers by, many questioning why it has suddenly appeared.

A mysterious yellow box has turned up on the side of a road in Reading with locals debating what its uses could be.

The small yellow rectangular unit can be seen in Caversham opposite the Last Crumb pub.

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4. Aldi Reading store days numbered as 1,000 flats approved

Reading Chronicle:

Supermarket giant Aldi’s days are numbered near Reading town centre as a plan for 1,000 flats has been approved.

The Reading Station Shopping Park just to the north of Reading Station has been the subject of a plan to replace it with apartments, offices and new retail space.

The retail park is currently host to Aldi, The Range, OneBelow, Majestic Wines and TGI Fridays, which has been there since August 1989

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5. New Zia Lucia pizzeria opens in Reading Town Centre

Reading Chronicle:

A new family-run pizzeria has opened its doors to the public today in Reading town centre.

Zia Lucia is an independent Italian pizzeria, founded by Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo and inspired by traditional and authentic recipes.

The new restaurant, on St Mary’s Butt’s, is the first of its kind outside London offering a host of different pizza toppings and dough options for any dietary need.

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