Hethersett High School to become an academy by November

PUBLISHED: 08:39 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:39 04 July 2013

Ormiston Victory Academy head, Rachel de Souza. Picture: Denise Bradley

Ormiston Victory Academy head, Rachel de Souza. Picture: Denise Bradley


A failing south Norfolk high school is set to become an academy in November.

Hethersett High was branded “inadequate” in June, with Ofsted inspectors noting a “dramatic slump” in pupils’ progress and attainment last year.

Governors voted to become part of the Inspiration Trust cluster of schools to help take it forward as an academy.

It is anticipated the academy will open in November.

The chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, Rachel de Souza, who has led two schools from special measures to outstanding, said: “I want to reassure parents that the trust is going to put 100pc in. They need to get the school they deserve.

“It’s a travesty that the school ended up in special measures. We have got fabulous students, committed parents and strong teachers. I would say within two years it will be outstanding.”

Last month, headteacher Kerry Jordan went on long-term sick leave, and temporary leader John Catton was appointed.

It is expected Mr Catton will stay at the school until November.

Mrs de Souza said: “We need to invest in teaching and learning so lessons are current and exciting. Parents have already started talking to me about how we are going to get homework sorted.

“My belief is that we have got great teachers in Norfolk and we need to sort leadership out so teachers can develop.

“I have every confidence in John during the transition period. We will be able to stand shoulder to shoulder and make the changes that need to be made.”

A letter from Michael Gove, secretary of state for education, confirmed that the academy process will be fast-tracked.

“When I set up my first academy I had a year,” Mrs de Souza added.

“When I set up Victory, I only had a term. Things move quickly and we need to be thinking about how quickly we can get the school out of special measures.”

The next parents’ forum meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7pm and Mrs de Souza will attend.


  • Of course she is grinning from ear to ear as the McDesouzas franchise claims another victim. A huge amount of money will now be thrown at this school and as TheTurth has observed it will be pronounced an overwhelming success for political reasons. Meanwhile this gravy train for the lucky (or should that be greedy) few continues to bleed ever more funding away from the rest of the struggling state sector. This is what's meant by all being in it together - the masses suffering for the personal financial benefit of a few education 'entrepreneurs'.

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    Thursday, July 4, 2013

  • "I would say within two years it will be outstanding" Does that mean OFSTED have already told Ms D that it will be outstanding, without inspecting (a la OVA)? (allegedly)

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    Thursday, July 4, 2013

  • Ofsted is debasing itself with these political sham inspections......disgraceful!!

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    Thursday, July 4, 2013

  • Apparently the inspiration trust has now got its claws into Thetford too. Liz Truss gave the game away on the news last night when she was celebrating the involvement of the Inspiration Trust and their 'excellent track record'. Not bad for an organisation less than a year old which has not done anything so far apart from hoover up schools. (1) Why are they getting away with it? (2) Why does it get so much coverage from the EDP and (3) How can Norfolk let this happen? It stinks and education in Norfolk seems to be nothing more than fodder for people who want to get into bed with the Dept for Ed.

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