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West Walton Primary School headteacher Jill Davis is to retire this summer, after 40 years in education. Here pictured with school council members (from left) Megan (8), Owen (7), Emmie (6), Alex (6), Lucy (8) and George (9). Picture: Ian Burt

Recruiting teachers to work in rural Norfolk is a key challenge for many of the county’s headteachers, a retiring school leader has said.

Gnomes Preschool has started a new breakfast club at its new home at Antingham and Southrepps Primary School. Picture: Ally McGilvray

A pre-school which was in danger of disappearing after being forced to move out of its former base has found a new home following a public appeal through this newspaper.

Kinsale Junior and Infant School councillors have written a letter to parents asking them to drive and park safely outside their school. School councillors pictured with headteachers Louise Robinson and Carolyn Baxter and school crossing control officer Ian Stocks.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“We would hate to have an empty desk in our classroom because a child has had a terrible accident.”

The Schoolwear Centre in Ber Street, Norwich

A shop which provides school uniforms to dozens of primary and secondary schools across Norwich has announced it is to close.

Cromer Academy principal Dr Geoff Baker, pictured here with pupils, has been praised for his leadership in a report by Ofsted. Picture: Angela Sharpe Photography

A secondary school in north Norfolk where teachers greet the pupils at the gate everyday has been given a glowing report by education inspectors.

Joanna Pedlow, head of Toftwood Infant School. Picture: ARCHANT.

Plans are being made for two schools near Dereham to unite as a federation.

Students at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy collect their GCSE results. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Just three schools in Norfolk and Suffolk are deemed to be under-performing by the government, in revised GCSE league tables which saw both counties rank in the top half of the country.

Students, with Paston College principal Kevin Grieve (right), after receiving their first aid certificates. Picture: EMMA CRACKNELL

Choking, broken bones, heart attacks - this quartet of Paston College students now knows how to deal with such emergencies safely, after completing a three-hour St John Ambulance course in essential first aid.

Ian Cleland of the Academy Transformation Trust talking to students at Hamond's High School. Picture: Ian Burt

Three primary academies in Thetford will be transferred to a new sponsor, it has been revealed.

Students at Notre Dame High School, part of the Diocese of East Anglia. Picture: Keith Morris

Local people are being sought to help the Diocese of East Anglia champion its plans for new Catholic schools in Norwich and Thetford.

Picture shows: Aerial view of Wymondham.
June 2005
Picture by: Mike Page

More schools which would take children from age four up to 16 could be created as part of a wider scheme aiming to ease the strain on Norfolk’s school places.

Clive Lewis speaks in the House of Commons in London. Picture: PA Wire

A Norwich MP is hoping to canvass parents’ views on the price tag of school uniforms.

Google expeditions day at Gaywood Community Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt

Youngsters at a Norfolk school were treated to a trip around the world, thanks to Google boffins.

Acle Academy.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Inspectors say a troubled academy is taking positive steps one year after it was put into special measures.

Pupils at Northgate High School eager to join in a discussion during their personal, social and health education lesson. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As the deadline for primary school applications looms, education correspondent LAUREN COPE asks parents what really matters to them when picking a school.

Maths mastermind challenge. Kings Lynn Academy winning team. From left to right: YR 9: Weronika Woznialis, YR 10: Corey Edmunds, YR 11: Max Fayers, YR 7: Elise Clayton and YR 8: Jonathan Senter. Photo: Courtesy Hannah Tuck

King’s Lynn Academy is celebrating a landslide win at this year’s Inter-School Maths Mastermind challenge, taking five individual year group trophies and the overall award for the highest accumulative score.

Gresham's student Toby Little gets in some practice on the rifle range. Picture: GRESHAM'S

A sixth form student from north Norfolk is flying high after being selected to represent his country on the rifle range.

Middleton Primary Academy. Picture: Matthew Usher

Concerns over leadership and safeguarding of pupils have seen two Norfolk schools rated “inadequate”.

Children studying in a classroom. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

What matters to you when it comes to picking a school?

3Sun Award, Jacob Archibold

More than 320 students from East Norfolk Sixth Form College went to 126 different universities last year.

Schools could be hard hit in years to come. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Schools in and around the borough could lose 159 teachers, according to new figures.

Glyn Hambling, headteacher at Northgate High School in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham Sixth Form College has a secure, bright and exciting future, two of its leaders said this week.

A flashback to last year when students protested over plans to open a second sixth form college in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham Neatherd High School’s governors have no immediate plans to revisit proposals to establish a second sixth form college in the town, but the move has not been ruled out in the longer term.

Morley School headteacher, Laura Green, centre, with some of the staff. From left, Kate Easter, Georgia Ryan, Daniel Millican, and Elizabeth Cooper. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A rural school which was going to be forced off the information superhighway by a whopping internet bill has found a solution to its woes - but there’s a catch.

Olivia Colman in The Night Manager. Picture BBC/The Ink Factory/Des Willie

A school in north Norfolk was on top of the world this week after one of its star pupils won one of the television industry’s top honours - and then revealed they are still talking about her performance in a school production from 25 years ago.

Matt Dunkley, the new interim director of Norfolk County Council's children's services department. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

The new interim chief of Norfolk’s much criticised children’s services department was suspended from his previous job when he was caught up in an anti-corruption investigation.

Attleborough Junior School youngsters on their visit to London. Picture: ATTLEBOROUGH JUNIOR SCHOOL

Visiting the highlights of the capital proved the perfect way to kick off a new term for Year 5 pupils at Attleborough Junior School.

Stalham Academy celebrate their 'good' Ofsted report. Headteacher Glenn Russell with pupils, left to right, Brooke, Liam, Ruby and Samuel.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Strong leadership has transformed a previously troubled academy into a “thriving, successful community” over a two-year turnaround.

Simon Davies celebrates 30 years at Attleborough Academy, with the cake made by Edible Elegance. Picture: ANGELA CASTLE, EDIBLE ELEGANCE

For many past and present Attleborough pupils, history class has a face - and it belongs to Simon Davies.

Sample entries from the anti-bullying design competition. Picture: Pop Up Enterprises CIC

Artwork around the theme of bullying produced by young people will go on display in a one-off exhibition.

Belinda Ashton has retired from Attleborough's Chapel Road School after 25 years at the school. She was the school's business manager. Picture: CHAPEL ROAD SCHOOL

She’s worked tirelessly for her school for 25 years.

Pupils at Northgate High School eager to join in a discussion during their personal, social and health education lesson. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Schools could face losing vital support staff, rising class sizes and little improvement to infrastructure as headteachers tighten their belts to handle increasingly strained budgets.

The Garage, in Norwich, is offering new GCSE dance class. Photo: Teele Killing.

GCSE dance will be on the timetable at a Norwich performing arts venue from this weekend.

Manager Karen Latoy, back 2nd right, with the children and staff at Cringleford Crackerjacks Preschool celebrate their outstanding Ofsted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An “inspirational” village pre-school has swept the board in its latest watchdog inspection, securing a glowing grade in all categories.

Sheringham High School's class of 2016 prizewinners. Picture: SHS

Teachers at a north Norfolk secondary school celebrated their pupils’ exam results - by taking them out for a curry.

Rosey Grauwiler and Donna Wales with children who attend Scarning Preschool. The school has been awarded almost £100,000 for a new brick building. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Two Norfolk preschools are set to grow thanks to a £300,000 grant awarded as part of a government drive to unlock more child care places for working parents.

Generic UEA, University of East Anglia. Picture: Joakim Boren

Universities including the UEA have been accused by the Liberal Democrats of using gagging orders, after an investigation found more than 3,500 former staff members in higher education have signed compromise agreements in five years.

UEA vice chancellor David Richardson. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Universities must show their value in the “post-truth age”, the vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia has said.

Director of Dereham College Phyllis O'Grady, who will step down from the role at the end of March.  Picture: ARCHANT.

The director of Dereham Sixth Form College has announced her resignation from the role for the second time in a year.

Great strides have been made in improving education standards in Norfolk since Sir Michael Wilshaw branded it

Education could become less of a priority for the government amid a “national preoccupation” with Brexit, the new Ofsted chief inspector has suggested.

St Augustine's Catholic Primary School at Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A school has been spared enforcement action, after “errors” meant a classroom block was built without following proper procedures.

New classrooms are opened at Drake School in Thetford as part of a larger refurbishment of the buildings.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

The first day of the new term was a special occasion for pupils at an expanding primary school.

Drake School in Thetford
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark phase one of the improvement works at Drake Primary School in Thetford will take place next Thursday morning.

Youth theatre practitioners  Abbie Moore, Will Isgrove and John Hales.

A new youth theatre group will cover everything from Shakespeare to musical productions when it launches in Lowestoft.

Dean Pierpoint with his wife Lorraine and children, Lola, Riley and Preston. 
Dean and his wife Loraine were fined for taking their children out of school for their wedding in Florida. They refused to pay the fine and were taken to court by Suffolk County Council and they won.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A family fined for taking their children on holiday during term time has 
won their case against Suffolk County Council in the second victory in just a few weeks.

West Runton Beaver leaders (back, from left): Maureen Peck, Angela Webster and Laura Jordan with Group Scout leader Helen Cardani and Beavers (front, from left): Paige Jordan, Gabriel Thorburn and Angeles Fraser, who have gained their Bronze Chief Scouts award. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Three north Norfolk youngsters have been presented with a bronze Chief Scout badge, the top award attainable in the Beaver section.

Students taking part in a University of East Anglia science outreach activity. Picture: UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

Across Britain there is a national skills shortage among school and university leavers in the increasingly-important areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.

A fundraising appeal has been launched to provide a new premises for Roughton Playgroup. Picture: ARCHANT

Please Santa, can we have a new place to play? That is the Christmas wish of children at a village nursery school.

Beeston Hall School performs Beauty and the Beast Junior. Picture: DEBBY BESFORD

A collection taken after the performances raised over £1,500 for the school’s charity this year.

Girl Guides held their annual Christingle service at St Peters Church in Sheringham. Picture: SUBMITTED

More than 100 members of North Norfolk Division Guiding and their families attended a special Christingle service at St Peter’s Church in Sheringham to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Lowestoft cubs 100 anniversary event. Pictures: MICK HOWES

In common with Cubs from across the UK, it has been a time of celebration.

Lowestoft Sixth Form Awards 2016: All Winners. Photo: Danielle Willgress

More than 200 students, staff, families and sponsors gathered for an annual awards evening

The Travellers’ Delight was performed by pupils at the Living Waters Lutheran College, Warnboro, Western Australia earlier this month.

A musical made in Norfolk is making waves on the other side of the world this Christmas.

Holt RFC at Welford Road. Picture: LEICESTER TIGERS

Young players from Holt Rugby Club honed their skills with the professionals at 10-time English champions Leicester Tigers on Saturday.

Neatherd High School in Dereham will host the Norfolk round of the FIRST Lego League next January. Pictured is Olaf Deekiri Kewage Don. Picture: Ian Burt

Creative and imaginative students at Neatherd High School in Dereham will be hoping their home advantage helps them to success when they take part in global science and technology competition in January.

Wicklewood Primary School teaching assistant, Emma Anderson-Brown, retires. Pictured with pupils, clockwise from bottom left, Logan Jones, Edith Downing, Isabelle Woolley, Ben Sheriffs, Isaac Woodeson and Sophie Boullin.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

She has become an integral part of school life, from reception classroom assistant to running the cycling proficiency training but after 18 years Emma Anderson-Brown has decided to bid farewell to Wicklewood Primary School.

Norwich Road Academy in Thetford has started construction on a new eco-friendly nursery building to meet rising demand for places. Picture by Academy Transformation Trust

A primary school is digging deep to tackle increased demand for places at its nursery.

Stalham High School pupils with their Christmas hampers. Left to right, Jack Rose, 13, Alexandra Doe, 12, Jasmine Cole, 12, and Joshua Booth, 13.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Christmas is supposed to be a time to eat, drink and be merry, but for some hard-pressed families it can be a struggle just putting food on the table.

The retirement of Mrs. Laura Sproston (right) of Parkers Primary and Caston Primary Schools.

The head of two primary schools who led both into becoming a federation is saying goodbye to both schools.

Pippa Goodhart with pupils at King's Lynn's Howard Junior School. Picture: Gregory Hill

Children’s author Pippa Goodhart visited a King’s Lynn school to present awards at its end of term assembly.

Holt Primary School headteacher Simon Walters. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Plans for a new school in a town faced with hundreds of new homes have taken a step forward.

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Lauren Cope

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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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