Education leaders in Swaffham have been given the backing of the town’s MP after she went behind the scenes at the Nicholas Hamond Academy.
Education minister Elizabeth Truss met students and staff during a visit to the school, which replaced the former Hamond’s High School last year.
And the South West Norfolk MP said she had been impressed with what she saw there. She said: “What struck me was the strong sense of purpose and positivity.
“There are some really impressive changes afoot at the school and, with 60 pupils attending the sixth form, this is most definitely a welcome development not only to the academy but for the town of Swaffham as well.”
She added: “I feel the academy has a really dynamic future ahead. I look forward to my next visit.”
Ms Truss toured the maths and creative arts departments and met with the academy’s principal, Cheryl Hill.
The academy is now aiming to build on its record GCSE pass rate, announced last month, when 47 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Mrs Hill said: “We are determined to raise standards and strive for Ofsted recognition as an outstanding academy, providing a quality education for all its students.
“We welcomed Elizabeth’s visit and enjoyed the opportunity to share our very positive learning first culture with her.
“The academy is full of exceptional, aspirational young people and dedicated, diligent staff. Together we are determined to be the best that we can be.”