In today’s Wakefield Express

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In today’s Wakefield Express our top story is how a new report has revealed that Wakefield Council is still failing primary school pupils although schools are improving.

Also in news:

- A rare manuscript of world-famous hymn Onward Christian Soldiers has been put up for auction - 150 years after it was written by a Horbury priest.

- A teenage boy was assaulted with his own drumsticks after he drummed on a house window, a court heard.

- The man at the helm of the city’s leading drama venue has decided to step down after 17 years in the job.

In sport:

- Gareth Ellis’ glittering career was forged by the work ethic and experience he picked up at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats - that’s the view of the man himself ahead of his return to Belle Vue on Sunday (2pm).

- Ossett Albion were undone by a goal eight minutes from time as they slipped to a 1-0 loss at Lancaster City in Saturday’s Evo-Stik First Division North encounter.

- Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington OBE provided a keynote speech at the first ever Wakefield PE Conference at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last week.