Swaffham academy is world class, says education group

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A Swaffham school has become the first in the country to be declared “world class” by an education organisation.

The Nicholas Hamond Academy has received the accolade from the Curriculum Foundation, a non-profit group which aims to improve educational standards worldwide.

Principal Cheryl Hill said: “We are incredibly pleased to have earned this recognition for our curriculum.

“Staff throughout the academy work hard to ensure that pupils are challenged and that they are getting the most from their education.

“We will continue to develop new and creative ways to enhance learning experiences for our pupils who play an important part in shaping the future through Pupil Voice opportunities.”

To obtain the status, the academy had to show that its learning programme met the foundation’s 10 principles for a world class curriculum.

Assessors praised the school for the breadth of learning opportunities and the level to which students understood the purpose of their study.

Founded in 2008, the group works with schools around the world to increase educational standards.

It is currently working with Unicef and the government of South Sudan to develop a curriculum there.

Its trustees include the former education secretary Estelle Morris, film producer and former Open University chancellor Lord Puttnam and several leading academics.