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West Norfolk schools are trailing behind, Lynn News letters

By Lynn News Reporter

The gist of his letter was how poor the standard of education is in King's Lynn.

Here is some of the evidence. Eleven of the 22 schools that failed in Norfolk (11-year-olds meeting expected standards in reading, writing, and mathematics) are in the two West Norfolk parliamentary constituencies, six in Sir Henry's and five in Liz Truss's. Not a very happy picture when you consider the English national average is 0.7 failing schools per MP.


Rebekah Chilvers' excellent article (December 18) maybe gives some insight, but it's not clear if all of the failing schools employ a "school business manager". Some three to four years ago, schools in Liz Truss's South West Norfolk seat were the worst performing in the eastern region. Overall, of the 22 schools, seven are academies.

Prior to the three high schools in central Lynn converting to academies, Norfolk always trailed behind the national average, and these three Lynn schools were two per cent behind the Norfolk average. Today the three academies are averaging some 6 per cent behind the Norfolk average. This puts them way down towards the bottom of the national league table, let alone the Norfolk one. Feels like Mr Scriven's comments are justified. I hope the West Norfolk MPs, county and borough councillors don't read this, not that they have done anything in the past, other than draw their remuneration. If they had done anything to help previously, we would not be in the current sorry situation. Then again, 30 years ago Norfolk was 95th out of 96 LEAs, and now we are 150th out of 152, so two from bottom instead of next to bottom. Is that approximate to a 100 per cent improvement?

David Holland



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