There are not enough swimming teachers - That is the message from the Swimming Teachers Association East Anglia (STA) as they trained future swimming tutors at Thorpe St Andrew High School.

At the start of the summer holidays the last place children want to go is back to school.

A schoolboy burst into tears and said he was the happiest he had ever been after education chiefs said he could stay at the school he loves, ending months of trauma and anguish.

With record numbers of children as young as four being excluded and expelled from primary schools, Channel 4 visited The Rosebery School in King’s Lynn for their new documentary Excluded at Seven.

One of the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) iconic ziggurat buildings has been named in a list of the top student accommodation halls in the country.

Alice, the White Rabbit and an array of other colourful Lewis Carroll characters are preparing to take to the stage for a special show providing a new twist to a classic tale.

Children making the leap from pre-school to junior school this autumn received a special send-off.

More than 80 students at East Coast College have been acknowledged for their successful completion of their Access to HE Diplomas in six subject areas.

The head teacher of one of Norfolk’s most successful primary schools is to retire after 12 years hard graft.

What involves an Eiffel Tower made of spaghetti, racing Maltesers, dancing competitions and charades?

It claims to be the only school in Norfolk to offer the programme.

Youngsters from the St Mary Federation schools got into the holiday spirit with a trip to the beach.

Primary school pupils were all smiles after they were crowned as South East champions.

Sara Tough has today been named as executive director of Norfolk’s troubled children’s services department.

A new £13m complex needs school in Old Buckenham has taken a step closer after building work tipped over the halfway point.

A protest is to take place outside the headquarters of Norfolk County Council this morning over plans to merger two Great Yarmouth schools.

The headteacher of two Norfolk primary schools has revealed they will ditch homework and instead encourage families to spend quality time together.

A primary school has marked a special anniversary with an end-of-year celebration.

Parents say a Wymondham school’s decision to scrap its late bus will leave rural children deprived of opportunities.

An electrician who will now go onto study at Cambridge is among the students changing their lives with access courses.

Hundreds of heads, teachers and school staff are today unwinding at the start of the six-week summer break. For a handful, though, the relaxation will continue past September. EDP reporters spoke to some of those celebrating retirement.

A £4.8m expansion which will more than double the size of a Thetford school to help tackle a chronic shortage of primary places in the area has been unveiled.

“Fantastic” pupils, supportive parents and a strong sense of camaraderie among staff are key to a successful school according to teacher Jon Pigney, who retired at the end of the summer term after 29 years at Sheringham Primary.

Pupils and staff at Wymondham College are celebrating a refurbishment of the school’s tennis and netball courts, which followed a £6,000 fundraising effort.

An award-winning documentary about sixth-formers at a Norfolk special needs school gives a unique insight into their lives.

A school in Great Yarmouth is to become an academy in August - and will receive a new name and badge as part of the package.

The achievements of students at a thriving training centre in Norwich were celebrated at its annual awards ceremony.

The proportion of good or outstanding primary and secondary schools in Norfolk has jumped by more than a third in five years.

Two former headteachers and academy chain leaders have been appointed as trustees to the Inspiration Trust.

Children as young as four are being affected for life by being expelled, it was claimed today, as new figures exposed Norfolk as the joint worst area in England for primary school exclusions.

A famous face joined hundreds of students as they tossed mortarboards in the air to celebrate graduating from a Norwich university.

Families and colleagues have said a fond farewell to a much-loved nursery nurse who has spent nearly five decades working with children.

A South Norfolk school which was deemed as requiring improvement by Ofsted has performed well following an interim inspection.

Pupils and staff at a Gorleston school have ended the year with a day of fun activities and music.

Students at Downham Market Academy have graduated in a special team building and leadership programme run in conjunction with RAF Marham.

The man who has inspired countless young performers including Hollywood actor Sam Claflin is to leave Norwich Theatre Royal after 28 years at the helm of the venue’s arts course programme.

A primary school has been taken out of special measures by the education watchdog.

A former police hostage negotiator and an author will be among the speakers at a conference looking at how schools can balance the demands of exams with inspiring pupils.

Just over a third of all degrees handed out by a Norwich university last year were first class, new figures show.

Dozens of children and teenagers living in care in Norfolk have had remarkable achievements celebrated at an annual awards evening.

It has been just over 50 years since students walked through the gates of the newly-opened Attleborough Secondary School for the first time.

Students from Jane Austen College in Norwich have used their web design skills to help a historic chapel raise funds for a much-needed new roof.

An agricultural college with thousands of students across Norfolk and Suffolk has been told it is inadequate amid criticism of its teaching, attendance and student progress.

A student from King’s Lynn has been offered a place in the prestigious Nuffield Research Placement scheme this summer.

A professional triathlete from Norfolk has celebrated the unveiling of a junior school’s new trim trail.

A 1,200-pupil high school has been told it requires improvement by the education watchdog.

An infant and nursery school is closed on Wednesday after stormy weather caused flooding problems.

A Norfolk school is in special measures after inspectors raised concerns over bullying, homophobic abuse and pupils’ lack of understanding of radicalisation.

It was a school sports day with a difference at Dereham Neatherd High School.

Forty youngsters took part in Mattishall Primary School’s annual talent show from singers to dancers, magicians, gymnasts, musicians, comedians and a baton twirler.

Levitating paperclips and orbiting pennies were among the challenges faced by students at a physics competition which saw four pupils from Reepham High School emerge as winners.

All schoolboy Chase Nichols knew about his great great grandfather was that his was the fourth name carved in stone on Great Yarmouth’s war memorial.

Pupils and staff at St Nicholas Priory Primary School in Great Yarmouth have bid farewell to a popular teaching assistant who is leaving after 25 years.

Gresham’s Clay Shooting Club members have been crowned National Cadet Clay Target Shooting Champions at the annual National Championships in Cambridge and have returned to school with no less than seven trophies.

Graduation ceremonies at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have got underway.

North Walsham High School has announced the appointment of its student leadership team for the next year – following a rigorous ‘job interview’ style selection process.

Millfield Primary School in North Walsham was overjoyed to find, for the sixth year running, that some of their pupils had won prizes for the International Minimus Mythology Competition.

The consultation over a merger of two schools in Great Yarmouth has been hit by “speculation and misinformation”, a councillor has said.

Parents have said they will “fight to the end” to save their children’s school from closure.

School budgets for fire safety should be ring-fenced to help ensure pupil safety, a Suffolk headteacher has said.

Annabelle Dickson

Lauren Cope

Education correspondent



Lauren is based in Norwich and writes about key issues affecting education in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, including decisions made at both national and local government levels.

Lauren also covers news from the hundreds of schools in our region and keeps on top of local results.

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