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Poor picture of secondary education in King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Lynn News letters

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It paints a very poor picture of secondary education in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Of the 53 schools included in the tables the highest ranked school in West Norfolk is Marshland at No24. No other school is ranked in the top half of county schools.

In fact, three of the schools are ranked in the bottom eight schools (King Edward VII, King’s Lynn Academy and Smithdon) and are labelled by the Government as below or well below average.

Marshland High School is highest ranked school in West Norfolk in recent Government performance tables
Marshland High School is highest ranked school in West Norfolk in recent Government performance tables

This again contrasts with the overwhelmingly positive statements that come out of the West Norfolk schools when results are published in this newspaper in August. Headteachers at all the West Norfolk schools lead us to believe our children are excelling, when the truth is the majority of schools in Norfolk are doing better, not to mention the rest of the country.

Post-16 results offer a similar picture with all three school sixth forms in West Norfolk graded average in the Government performance tables for 2019 results.

The quality of education in West Norfolk should be a serious cause for concern. The decline of Springwood High and KES in recent years means we no longer have a local school that regularly outperforms other county schools.

Even Marshland,our best performing school has declined in the last two years. Recent Ofsted inspections are reflecting this decline.

This school year KES and Smithdon have been inspected, receiving an inadequate and requires improvement judgement respectively.

Speaking to my grandchildren who attend Springwood, it appears that teachers spend more time preparing for exams than providing a first-class education.

Extra sessions after school, Saturday mornings and during holidays suggests that what is happening during the school day is ot good enough.

My concern nowadays is that the academy system has silenced the voice of patents so it is very difficult to raise concerns. Governors I have spoken to feel sidelined by academy leaders. Parents we must wake up.

Our children are being railed by the local secondary schools and unless we make this a big local issue, I fear it is like to continue.

N Dowson,


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