A primary school child brought a knife into school in an incident one parent described as “horrifying”.

Pupils at a north Norfolk primary school have celebrated the opening of a new adventure play area.

More than one in seven nurseries and other early years childcare providers in Norfolk have closed since 2015, new statistics have revealed.

Reepham College has started the academic year by welcoming back a former teacher in a new role as college director.

Parents in Great Yarmouth have reacted angrily to Norfolk County Council’s proposals to close five children’s centres in the borough.

Whether it’s your first steps inside a school since that memorable last day all those years ago, or you’re a seasoned open day attendee, there’s much to learn at these important insights into potential schools and colleges. Sophie Stainthorpe asked Norfolk teachers for the inside line on open days.

In all, 1,154 complaints were made to Suffolk County Council last year, according to data published by its audit committee.

Forty-six of Norfolk’s 53 children’s centres could be closed after council bosses finally revealed proposals for a review of the service.

He was famous as a Victorian circus owner and was then immortalised in a song by The Beatles.

A disabled boy went 18 months without having their social care needs met because of mistakes made by Norfolk County Council, a watchdog has said.

A Norfolk trust which educates vulnerable children has once again been told it must improve its “weak financial position” by bringing in more experienced people to help run it.

Two families in Lowestoft have described the heartbreaking struggle to get suitable education for their children who require SEN provision, after seeing them wait months to start school.

A family who claim their autistic son has not had suitable education since April have described their plight for appropriate provision as “hopeless”.

Concerns that children in Taverham are being targeted by drug dealers has prompted a headteacher to urge parents to be on their guard.

Students at the Iceni Academy in Methwod have had the opportunity to start a new school year by studying a new subject.

Dereham Church of England Junior Academy has been rated “good” in all aspects by Ofsted in an inspection held at the end of the last academic year.

A primary school has transformed its library from a “bookshelf in a corridor” into an enchanting room full of stories.

The number of children being excluded from Norfolk schools is “shockingly high” and systems need to be changed, one of the county’s MPs has told Parliament.

The new headteacher of The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham has vowed to rebuild the school’s reputation and earn back the community’s trust.

The specialist sensory school matched a £10,000 donation to create their new room.

A village primary school that has dwindling pupil numbers is still set to be taken over by an academy trust - despite only 21 children turning up on the first day of term.

So your son or daughter is flying the nest and heading off to uni. What do you need to help them with before they go, and what should they take with them and leave behind?

Social workers accused the council they work for of “failing” vulnerable children last year, it can be revealed today.

Students from East Coast College’s annual Summer School have celebrate their achievements, shown off their work and received their hard earned certificates.

A group of students from a Lowestoft high school are about to weigh anchor for a life-changing journey aboard a historic sailing boat.

Suffolk primary schools have excluded a higher proportion of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or receiving Free School Meals (FSM) than anywhere else in the country, according to new figures from the county’s Labour group.

A school bus was held up at roadworks by contractors who had been told to let it through, making many of the pupils on board late for their first day.

A school head has decided to step down after 12 years in charge.

Ten years ago a primary school opened with just 29 pupils. Now, with over 700 and two extensions, they have a lot to celebrate.

Parents say that children returning for their first day of term at a Norwich school were met with “chaos” when a new start to the day was trialled.

Youngsters starting Reception across the region have donned school caps, jackets and uniforms for the first time, while older children have moved up a level to their next year of education.

Norfolk comedy performer and composer Kit Hesketh-Harvey helped began the new academic year at a Norfolk school which marks its bicentenary.

The chief executive of an academy trust based in Norwich has stepped down, with an interim replacement now appointed.

A teacher and support staff member from Cromer have received awards from an Olympic gold medallist at a special event to mark the new school year.

Teachers from across Norfolk and Suffolk have got the new school year off to a golden start with an impromptu rowing lesson from an Olympic medallist.

The private school, set in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral, is now buzzing with boys and girls from ages four to 18.

Students and teachers at Iceni Academy in Methwold are already working planning their biggest open evening yet.

A display of determination from parents in Norwich has halted the closure of a pre-school.

Education chiefs have warned that Suffolk will need three or four new special schools in the next two years to cope with soaring demand for special education needs, as fresh data reveals the need for hundreds of spaces.

Thousands of children in Norfolk could start school this month without knowing basic skills such as how to hold a pencil or go to the toilet by themselves.

A company which supplies 42 schools in Norfolk and 57 in Suffolk has left children without uniforms on their first days of school.

The first day of school can be an anxious milestone for parents and children alike.

The latest intake of students at Dereham Neatherd High enjoyed a carnival themed summer school last week to prepare for life in year 7.

More than half of parents believe smartphones should be banned inside school, a new survey has revealed.

Pupils invite Sheringham town mayor Madeline Ashcroft and deputy mayor Liz Withington to their school’s first summer fete.

The founding chairman of the Inspiration Trust has resigned as a trustee and member of the Norfolk academy group, saying he needs to focus his time on his government responsibilities.

Two new assistant principals have been unveiled at a west Norfolk school.

A college has been banned from entering into new deals with sub-contractors after an investigation revealed it did not know where 19 of its students were for six months.

A new principal has pledged to equip students with the tools they need to compete for top university places and jobs.

The creator of one of modern literature’s most famous characters has donated his archive to the University of East Anglia (UEA).

A Norfolk village primary school looks set to be saved from closure - but only if enough pupils attend it from September.

The Brontës, sixties British cinema, and the UK constitution are all subjects covered in the new Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) autumn programme.

A trio of Norwich academies which last year struggled with poor results have this year celebrated significantly improved figures.

Heads of schools in mid and north Norfolk heaped praise on their students on GCSE results day.

One of Fakenham Academy’s top performers was Joanna Barton, who achieved five 9s, three 8s and two distinction stars.

It was another day of celebration for young people who found out the results of the toughest exams of their school careers so far.

Pupils across Beccles, Bungay and Loddon did their schools proud on a results day characterised by incredible personal victories and all time high grades.

The hard work of Sir John Leman’s Alice Etteridge has placed her among the highest achievers across the country.

Schools across the south west of Norwich area have improved upon or maintained their strong GCSE results this year.

On what could be the most nerve-wracking day of their lives, hundreds of teens went back to school to pick up their GCSE results.

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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GCSE 2017 results map

Percentage of students achieving a level four or above in English and maths - Green pin = Up on last year; Yellow pin = Same as last year; Red pin = Down on last year; Grey pin = Awaiting results

A-Levels 2017 results map

Percentage of A-Levels graded A*-C - Green pin = Up on last year; Yellow pin = Same as last year; Red pin = Down on last year; Grey pin = Awaiting results

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