December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 23, 2013
As thousands of Norwich teenagers experienced the joy of great results, two multi-million pound Norwich academies risk government intervention after their GCSE results slumped.
On a day of destiny for the class of 2013, there were numerous stories of hard work paying off –and a clutch of schools that posted improved results. But City Academy Norwich and Open Academy at Heartsease fell below the national floor target of more than 40pc of students getting five A*-C grades including English and maths. Schools falling below the target, which has risen from 35pc last year, are officially deemed as failing and could face direct action by the Department of Education.
City Academy principal David Brunton admitted improving English results was a “top priority”, but said many students had fallen “on the wrong side” of the C/D grade boundaries, which had been toughened up this year.
Open Academy principal Jon Platten said many students had made “great progress” and highlighted “many individual success stories”. In contrast to City Academy and Open Academy, Ormiston Victory Academy at Costessey posted another set of record results, with 75pc of students hitting the benchmark five A*-Cs including English and maths – almost double the 38pc achieved in its final year as Costessey High School. Outgoing academy principal Rachel de Souza hailed the “massive improvement” as she prepared to become chief executive of the Inspiration Trust.