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Photo gallery: Regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson visits Norfolk and vows to put its education back on the map

19:14 12 September 2014

Regional schools commissioner, Dr Tim Coulson, has a tour of City of Norwich School, an Ormiston Academy, with principal Jim Nixon, left, and Nicole McCartney, national director of performance and partnerships at Ormiston Academies Trust. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Regional schools commissioner, Dr Tim Coulson, has a tour of City of Norwich School, an Ormiston Academy, with principal Jim Nixon, left, and Nicole McCartney, national director of performance and partnerships at Ormiston Academies Trust. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

copyright: Archant 2014

Norfolk’s first regional schools commissioner for the east was welcomed by a handful of the county’s academies during a visit to the area as part of his latest plans to put Norfolk back on the map for education.

Tim Coulson spent today visiting Ormiston Venture Academy and Ormiston Herman Academy in Gorleston before travelling to the city to Ormiston Victory Academy and the City of Norwich School (CNS) - an Ormiston Academy.

Dr Coulson toured each school, meeting pupils and staff and said he hoped the visit would allow him to find out more about how he can improve academies in Norfolk.

“I want to work with anyone and everyone to say how can we make this the best region for education?” he said. “There’s been alot of critiscim for education in this region but we want people to look in on the region as a place to really envy education.

“Rather than saying an acedemy is the prefered option for every school it has to be the right choice. We want every child in this region to go to a really, really good school.

“There is no magic but what will make you a good school is if the school knows why it wants to change to an academy.”

He added that he “was close” to finishing appointing the people from Norfolk or Suffolk to sit on his head teachers board.

Dr Coulson is the previous headteacher of William Tyndale School in Islington and was named the first regional schools commissioner for the North-East London and East region after a new position was created to monitor the performance of academies.

His role primarily involves overseeing academies and free schools and challenge those that are failing. He will work with new national schools commissioner, Frank Green, and education secretary Nicky Morgan.

He will also help make decisions about the opening of new academies and follow-up concerns about the capacity of the Department for Education to deal with the nearly 5,000 academies across England directly accountable to it.

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8 comments

  • Why no mention of the fact that he also visited Thorpe St Andrew High School? It is an Outstanding school and has managed to achieve this without being an academy.

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    Row71

    Friday, September 19, 2014

  • AGREE totally Oldschool..........this chaos and lying to parents should be stopped.

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, September 15, 2014

  • Why, if the remit was to look at improving Academies in Norfolk, did this gentleman only go to Ormiston academies. Are they the only chain? Obviously no point visiting certain chains as their Ofsted reports are already written, but there are many different schools, in many different chains, and he chose 4 Ormiston schools. More insider dealing? Nothing like getting a truly balanced picture of Academy education in Norfolk! The more you read of the goings on in Education in this county, the more it becomes apparent that it is rotten to the core. Need to get all the county's school under one umbrella again so they can all start playing by the same rules.

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    OldSchool

    Monday, September 15, 2014

  • So Coulson, 'is close' to appointing someone else to his Head teachers board. I presume this extra *Superhead* is joining in addition to those already elected through the ballot by Head teachers from across the region? Given the recent revelations concerning the professional credibility and integrity of a certain Dame Superhead it's clear at least that Coulson will have had to have steered clear from appointing de Souza. That is very good news for the region's schools. Coulson's new body needs to act with integrity, and must therefore avoid being tainted from the outset through politically motivated appointments of those who may be described as spiteful and Machiavellian fraudsters.

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    At what cost?

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

  • Rubbish...he is simply promoting academies. What will put Norfolk education on the map is ever more successful LA schools such as Thorpe St Andrews and many others working with the LA aka London Challenge model which happened long before academies or this dreadful muddled education policy.

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

  • Why head straight for Ormiston? Damage limitation maybe?

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    TheTruth

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

  • Wonderful to hear that we have a trustworthy commissioner who will be able to cast some light on the current debacle with a certain academy chain. By the way could the reporter look up how to spell academy - it doesn't do much for the literacy reputation in Norfoolk.

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    One Horse Town

    Friday, September 12, 2014

  • What democratic right has he got to interfere?

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    Johnboy

    Friday, September 12, 2014

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