Lowestoft academy will become an outstanding school in next few years, vow principal

East Point Academy staff. Left to right Sarah Martin Associate Principal, Neil Powell Principal and Stephen Chamberlain Regional Director of Education. Picture: ANITA BAGLEY. East Point Academy staff. Left to right Sarah Martin Associate Principal, Neil Powell Principal and Stephen Chamberlain Regional Director of Education. Picture: ANITA BAGLEY.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
10:25 AM

The principal of Lowestoft’s first academy has vowed that within the next three years it will be rated as an “outstanding” school.

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Neil Powell, principal of East Point Academy, said that he and the senior management staff were encouraged by “continued improvements” and the latest feedback from education inspectors Ofsted.

East Point, which opened its doors in September 2011 on the site of the former Kirkley High School, was placed in special measures in April last year after being rated as inadequate by Ofsted for its achievement levels, quality of teaching, leadership and management and student behaviour.

Now, with a new principal replacing Liz Redpath, and three monitoring reports from Ofsted later, the academy has introduced innovative lessons, and placed a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Following the most recent monitoring report on the academy, inspectors said: “The academy is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.”

Some of the findings show that “teaching continues to improve”, with early indications showing that “standards are rising at key stage three”. As well as this “the rate of improvement of the academy has increased” and “leadership is improving”.

Mr Powell said: “East Point is a phenomenal place to be, with phenomenal kids. This is an easy win in terms of where I see this school going in the short term.

“I see this as being the school of choice for Lowestoft parents, and within the next three years, East Point Academy will be an outstanding school with students achieving excellent GCSE results.”

Mr Powell joined the academy from Tendring Technology College. He said greater links with local businesses, Lowestoft Sixth Form College and Lowestoft College had been forged, adding: “Our children want to achieve and it’s our job with the brilliant staff we have to give them the opportunity to do that. We have forged strong links with Suffolk county music and our PE curriculum will transform next year. East Point will be a place where young people can become whatever they wish to be.”

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4 comments

  • I attended the Alderman Woodrow boys school starting in 1953 and finishing in 1957 at the age of 15 years old, the school had rigid discipline and gave every boy who attended craft skills. We were taught metalwork , woodwork, maths and English. We will also instructed in gardening (I have detested gardening ever since). The discipline was rigid but it worked. The kids who attended parents came from the working people of Lowestoft who were proud of their places employment and they were very keen to ensure that their offspring's received good instruction. They therefore left it to the school to impose the discipline and the punishment that the school saw fit. It worked. The pupils in the main respected the teachers and they were keen to learn as they needed to leave school with the craft education which would serve them well in the job market of Lowestoft. Students today need to know that when they leave school there are meaningful job opportunities out there for them. Lowestoft needs jobs it needs skills to be passed on to children so they can believe that they have a meaningful future. I wish my old school well.

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    Peter Colby

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • What about the poor pupils that have had to put up with the shambolic run Academy over the last 4 years? The teaching is the worst I have ever seen. The only thing that seems to bother staff at East Point is the wearing of the uniform! It is full of totally incompetent staff who have failed all the Pupils since changing from KHS. I will not be sending my youngest child there!

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    beef1973

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Incidently, as a sch governor and Norfolk parent I am very concerned to have been told that HMI Paul Brooker is alleged to have said at a Conference: " Norfolk is a great place to live but I wouldn't send my children to school there". If this is true (please investigate EDP) this is extremely demeaning of Norfolk folk, schools, teachers and very unprofessional bearing in mind that he holds responsibility for Norfolk.

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • With Ofsted on its side it is bound to be....just keep an eye out for G Yarmouth Primary Ofsted results of last week which RDS per warned the school about 2 wks before the event!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

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