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Bottom five for King's Lynn schools over Progress score

Two of Lynn’s secondary schools have been ranked amongst the worst-performing in the county, according to the latest provisional league tables from the Government.

King’s Lynn Academy (KLA) and King Edward VII Academy (KES) placed in the bottom five secondary schools in Norfolk based on their Progress 8 measures, which are used to assess how much pupils have improved during their time at the school, for the 2018-19 academic year.

But officials from Eastern Multi-Academy Trust (EMAT), which sponsors KLA and KES, have called the provisional results “misleading”.

King's Lynn Academy
King's Lynn Academy

While KLA had a Progress 8 score of -0.64 and KES’s score was -0.75 – both of which are considered ‘well below average’ – the highest performing school, Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, achieved a score of 0.7.

Churchill Park Complex Needs School in Lynn – which is categorised as a special school – was also among the bottom five, with a score of -1.76.

There were more positive rankings for Fakenham Academy (0.07), Marshland High School (0.06), Springwood High School (-0.04), St Clement’s High School (-0.12), Downham Market Academy (-0.14) and The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham (-0.18) – all of which achieved ‘average’ scores.

Meanwhile, Smithdon High School (-0.38) and Iceni Academy in Methwold (-0.46) achieved ‘below average’ scores.

Kevin Blakey, director of secondary education at EMAT, said: “These provisional results are misleading as they don’t include the full results for a number of KLA students that took parts of their courses at partner colleges.

“When these are included in the final tables we expect to see a substantial increase in the Progress 8 score that better reflects the considerable improvements we are making at the academy.

“When we took over at KES we found around 60 students were part-way through courses that do not count towards Progress 8.

“We did the right thing and supported them to complete their courses but it has had an inevitable impact on the tables this year.

“We always want to see our students do as well as possible, and our teachers are working hard to improve things in a sustainable way but it does take time – and we will always put our students’ best interests ahead of playing to league tables.”

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