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Sea Palling beach where a man drown after being caught in a ripe current on  23rd July 2016. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A senior official at a charity which saves lives at sea has called for free swimming lessons for schoolchildren after the latest tragedy off the East Anglian coast left a man dead.

Ian Cleland of the Academy Transformation Trust. Picture: Ian Burt

Education figures have warned that a lack of accountability in the region’s academy system is failing pupils and taxpayers after questions were raised over
a trust’s financial arrangements.

Cliff Jordan

The leader of Norfolk County Council has reiterated he believes the public has a “right to know” how the authority rates the county’s schools - even though his own council is trying to overturn a decision ruling the information should be released.

Pupils at Watton Infants School have created a new garden as part of their Gardening Club. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A gang of green-fingered youngsters has knuckled down to transform their school’s forlorn garden into a thriving wildlife and plant haven.

Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Nearly 4,000 students in Norfolk were excluded from secondary schools in the 2014/15 academic year, new figures have revealed.

Dominic James and Ros Fretwell on their retiral from North Walsham High School.

Two long-serving teachers with 40 years’ service between them have retired from North Walsham High School at the end of the summer term.

Site of the vegetable patch being planned by West Earlham Infant School

An infant school that is planning to involve the wider community in a project to create a large vegetable garden has issued an urgent appeal for sponsors.

Future Voices: What do schools care about?

As students across the UK finish exams and unite one last time as the class of 2016 at their glamorous proms, we see the thoughts of grades simmer to the back of their minds. But what do schools really care about? Their students or just their grades?

Future Voices: Tom Dale

Tom Dale’s story is one which is personal to North Norfolk and is an inspiration to any aspiring entrepreneurs in the area.

Wells Pirate Festival. Pictured are (from left) Joyce Trett, Kate Taylor-Nevill and Dave Barber. Picture: Ian Burt

Short of ideas of what to do this summer? Here are a few dates for your diary. 


Blickling Hall.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

It’s the summer holidays, you’ve been longing for this moment all year. And it’s raining. So what do you do? Norfolk offers a range of attractions that are enjoyable even in pouring rain.

Future Voices: Nina Matthews' grandmother

A young person’s choice of role models seem to reflect our era of vanity.

Houses of Parliament

No matter how scary, intimidating, or seemingly lifeless teachers are, they are human. As humans we have an ingrained need to set out our ideas as passionately and as emphatically as possible.

Mental Health. Pictured: A man talks with his friends. Picture: Time to change/Newscast Online

There is often a lot of stigma attached to mental health issues. This needs to be tackled.

Emma Watson. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

When a teenage girl hits puberty, it’s like waving goodbye as she floats away into the deepening, darkening depths of losing herself and meeting the generic, ‘copy and paste’ version, of who society tells her to be.

Director Christopher Nolan attends the

I’m a film lover, and it’s no secret to my friends and family that there is one man who I always refer to when justifying my obsession: Christopher Nolan.

Netball. EDP SPORT 2607

Cast your mind back to your last PE lesson then answer this: what did you actually learn? Most likely, something along the lines of how to bounce a ball or how to do a pencil roll.

Future Voices: Students sitting exams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Schools across England began teaching a selection of the new GCSEs and A-levels in September 2015. The first examinations will be sat in summer 2017.

Miriam Elston is retiring as head of the primary schools for Hempnall and Shelton with Hardwick schools

A headteacher with 35 years of the experience in Norfolk classrooms is set to retire.

Thorpe St Andrew School principal Ian Clayton. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Norfolk’s biggest school has announced that two primary schools will join it when it officially launches its academy trust in September.

Adrian O'Dell is forming The Norfolk Polish Heritage Group. Picture: Ian Burt

A new group aims to explore and record the stories of how Poles have contributed to life in Norfolk since the Second World War, and earlier.

Eight-year-old Dylan Webster at the bottom of north Norfolk landmark Beeston Hill, which he trekked over every day for a week to raise cash for Sheringham Primary School's climbing frame appeal. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

An eight-year-old north Norfolk youngster has raised more than £180 for play equipment for his school, by trekking up and down local landmark Beeston Hill every day for a week.

Des Reynolds, CEO of Engage Trust. Picture: SUBMITTED

Managers of a struggling free school for challenging pupils have been told by inspectors it is unlikely to be lifted out of special measures by next year without “further prompt action to secure better behaviour”.

Fressingfield CEVC Primary School are celebrating a Good OFSTED report.
The school is looked after by Headteacher, Mark Taylor.

A primary school, previously rated as requiring improvement, is celebrating after efforts to move the school forward were rewarded with a “good” Ofsted rating.

Sheringham Primary staff and pupils set sail in a new, £30,000 pirate ship climbing frame. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Swashbuckling Sheringham Primary School pupils celebrated the start of the summer holidays this week, by setting sail on a pirate ship-themed adventure play centre.

South Wootton Infant School has been rated 'Good' by Ofsted. Pictured with headteacher Jo Davenport are (from left) Jack Skinner (5), Chloe Saunders (6), Macy Gates (5) and Flynn Angel (6). Picture: Ian Burt

The core values at a west Norfolk school shone through during its latest Ofsted report, which found it was “good” across the board.

Kathy Wallis, president of the NASUWT

Concerns about the mental health of teachers is rising across the world, the president of a leading teachers’ union has said on a visit to Norfolk.

Thorpe St Andrew School principal Ian Clayton. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Government reforms that could see schools in our region gain thousands of pounds of extra funding have been delayed by a year.

Launch of Write on Norfolk at Millennium Library. Caroline Jarrold.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Heritage and the Norfolk countryside could help inspire children and young people entering a creative writing competition over the summer, a judge has said.

Headteacher Louise Robinson with some of the children, and their class mascots, at Kinsale Avenue Infant School celebrating retaining their good status after their Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An infant school has been praised as a “warm and welcoming place” in an Ofsted report that confirmed its “good” rating.

The Ziggurat buildings at the UEA.
University of East Anglia.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The University of East Anglia has announced it will increase tuition fees for students who join it in 2017.

Brockdish School closes this week after pupil numbers have fallen over the last few years.
 Staff members with the pupils are (left to right) governor Jan Croxson, teacher Nikki Dean, secretary Jill Edwards and teaching assistant Mary Mills.

As the school term ends most youngsters will be looking forward to spending their free days with friends.

Parkside School has won a national award for the White Lion Cafe, which is run by it pupils, pictured with headteacher Susan Booth, and Helen Holderness. Photo : Steve Adams

A pioneering cafe run by pupils at a complex needs special school has won a national business award.

Active Learning Trust NQT celebration event to honour newly qualified teachers who have been trained within the five Lowestoft area schools/academies.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft’s Active Learning Trust hub has held a celebratory event to mark the success of its newly qualified teachers (NQT’s).

Pictured are: Trust Chairman Edward Libbey with Project Search supporters and hospital department representatives: Picture submitted

A west Norfolk hospital continues to spearhead a project to help students with learning difficulties find jobs by giving them skills and experience in the workforce.

Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pictured: Charlotte Cowles, head of media studies at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, receives her award from ATT board chair Steve Tilsley.

Academy staff in Norfolk and Suffolk have been commended at a special ceremony in the House of Commons.

Langley School headmaster Dominic Findlay

Campaigners fighting the merger of two preparatory schools may seek an injunction if the body that oversees charities does not stop the plans.

Great Yarmouth High School.

Picture: James Bass

Plans for Great Yarmouth High School to become an academy have been delayed because of a dispute between the owner of its land and the trust that is due to sponsor it.

Dussindale Primary School. Photo: SIMON FINLAY

A primary school has lost its “good” rating after Ofsted inspectors found that teaching did not consistently make the grade.

Norfolk County Council assistant director of children services Gordon Boyd. Photo: Steve Adams

He has been a key figure in Norfolk’s education system at a time when it came under unprecedented scrutiny, and underwent dramatic change.

Council rules forced a bus driver to reject a child's end-of-year thank you gift.

It was a child’s thoughtful gesture of thanks at the end of the school year, but ended in rejection when council rules forced a bus driver to say ‘no thanks’.

The UEA has asked Twitter users to take part in its UEA is United campaign

The University of East Anglia has launched a social media campaign to show support for people from around the world who come to it, following the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

St George's Primary School in Great Yarmouth. 

Picture: James Bass

A row has broken between Labour councillors over a bid to create extra space at a Norfolk school by using taxpayer’s money to buy a next-door restaurant for it to expand into.

Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Schools included in a flagship rebuilding programme almost 18 months ago have yet to see any work carried out, despite qualifying because they were “most in need of urgent repair”.

Mile Cross Primary School children celebrate a year of Food Discovery with a harvest feast. From left, Sade Woollard, nine; Leo Dawes, ten; and Evangeline Cott, seven; with the food from the feast, and the wheat the school is growing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Primary pupils celebrated a year of “food discovery” with a huge harvest feast at their school – bringing together all their new-found know-how about farm crops and the food business.

Students from BBMA prepare for Beauty and the Beast

A Lowestoft high school is set to take audiences on a magical Disney journey next week.

Academies in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire that applied to the programme were more successful than non-academies. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The government has denied it unfairly prioritised its favourite type of school when approving applications to its flagship school re-building programme, after an EDP analysis found academies were far more successful than non-academies.

Samsung Electronics announces the launch of it's new digital classroom in Peterhouse Primary School, Gt Yarmouth.   Local MP Brandon Lewis visits the school meeting Aleyne Johnson of Samsung and the pupils of the school.   Brandon Lewis with pupils (left - Right) Harmony Deal, Ruby Hughes, Anneka Allen, Jack Gallent,  Elise Fox and Declan Bentley.

A primary school classroom has been kitted out with the latest in teaching tech, allowing pupils to learn crucial digital skills.

Attleborough infant School headteacher Lucy Wayman.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

An impassioned plea from a Norfolk headteacher, who said her Victorian school was not big enough to fit
this September’s intake of pupils, helped councillors decide a new 630-pupil primary school should be built.

Parkers Primary School in Saham Toney has become Breckland's first voluntary smoke free zone following a sign designing competition by the district council. Pictured: Breckland councillor Gordon Bambridge with the winning sign and (from left) competition winner Ruby Brown and runners up Layla Wright and Katherine Welsh, from Parkers Primary School. Picture by Keith Mindham.

A village primary school is the first in its district to have become a voluntary ‘smoke free’ area.

Norfolk County Council does not want its school risk ratings published. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Norfolk County Council has triggered a little-known legal procedure in an attempt to stop parents knowing how it rates Norfolk schools.

Pupils at Colby Primary School with their Eastern Daily Press Community Chest with which they hope to raise money for new play equipment at their school which the children have designed themselves. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Inspired by a sense of fun and taste for adventure pupils at Colby School have been busy putting their thoughts to paper.

Valerie Moore, chief executive of the Right for Success Trust, which is sponsoring the new free school. Photo: Steve Adams.

A new free school in Norwich that was announced in one of David Cameron’s last acts as prime minister will have close links to an existing high school, its sponsor has said.

EDP columnist Rachel Moore. 

Picture: James Bass

Making sure teenage children turn up at school every day is in the top 10 of essential parental responsibilities.

Cromer Academy pupils made their grand entrance at their school pupil using all modes of transport - including a hearse. PICTURES: Dave 'Hubba' Roberts.

A senior pupil stopped the conversation dead after arriving at his school prom in a coffin - in the back of a hearse.

Langley School headmaster Dominic Findlay

The organisation that regulates charities has revealed it has “some regulatory concerns” about controversial plans for two Norfolk preparatory schools to merge.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.

Norwich is set to have a brand new school after the government announced the creation of the St Clements Hill Primary Academy.

Michael Rosen, interim assistant director of children's services at Norfolk County Council.

Watchdogs who returned to run the rule over Norfolk County Council’s “inadequate” children’s services department have said progress is being made to tackle weaknesses.

Head teacher Sarah Young and student Stephen Sharp burying a time capsule during a turf cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new sixth form centre at Sidestrand Hall School. PIcture: SUBMITTED

A time capsule was buried during a turf-cutting ceremony marking the start of work on a new £1.2m sixth form centre.

INTO UEA Newton A level Programme students work on an engineering project.

SPONSORED CONTENT: INTO UEA’s Newton Programme gives high achieving students the unique opportunity to study for their A levels on a university campus.

From left: Bradley Shaw,Thomas Wardle, Katie Johnson, Jake Woolston, Bethany Lee, Kieran Bloom, Casey Antoniades-Cork, Vincent Willard, Victoria Johnson, Jack Bye. Picture: ANDY NEWMAN

A vintage Aston Martin, tractors, Routemaster double-decker bus, easy-rider style trike, stretch limo and a Bentley were among the ways that North Walsham High School leavers arrived at Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel for their prom.

GCSE Results map

Percentage of students achieving five A*-C grades (including English and Maths) - Green pin = Up on last year; Yellow pin = Same as last year; Red pin = Down on last year; White pin = Awaiting results

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