Revealed: The 52 Norfolk schools at risk of becoming “coasting schools”

PUBLISHED: 07:18 22 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:01 22 January 2016

Dozens of schools could be classed as coasting, depending on their exam results this summer. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dozens of schools could be classed as coasting, depending on their exam results this summer. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The EDP can today name dozens of schools who have until this summer to improve their exam results, or risk being branded “coasting” and turned into academies or transferred to a new academy sponsor.

How the government plans to define a “coasting school”

The 2015 Conservative election manifesto promised to “introduce new powers to force coasting schools to accept new leadership”.

A school will only be officially classed as “coasting” if it meets all of the criteria for three years in a row.

Results from summer 2014 onwards count, and schools that met all the criteria in both 2014 and 2015 are in danger of being classed as “coasting” if they also fail to clear the bar in exams being taken this summer.

For primary schools, the criteria for 2014 and 2015 are fewer than 85pc of pupils reaching the expected level in reading, writing and maths, and the percentages of pupils making expected progress in the three areas falling below the national median.

For high schools, the criteria for 2014 and 2015 are fewer than 60pc of pupils getting the GCSE gold standard, and the percentages of pupils making expected progress in English and in maths being below the median.

From 2016 onwards, new measures will be used.

The government last year announced a new category of “coasting schools” it believes are not stretching their pupils enough.

Its definition will use exam results from three consecutive years, the first being 2014, and no school will be classed as coasting before their 2016 results are known.

However, an EDP analysis of 2014 and 2015 results has identified seven Norfolk high schools and 45 primary schools that met the criteria for the first two years, and could be coasting if the same happened next year.

The list of potentially coasting schools includes Lakenham Primary, which Ofsted last month rated good with outstanding features.

In a consultation document, the government said: “Unlike failing schools, where there is no question that swift intervention is required, we want our approach to coasting schools to focus on support and tailored action. Where a coasting school can demonstrate that it can improve sufficiently, it should be allowed to do so.”

Regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson will judge this.

Scott Lyons, of Norfolk NUT, said: “They are looking to academise schools doing well, but who don’t want to become academies, and finding chinks in their armour.”

Norfolk County Council said it “includes the proposed definition within the broad range of achievement criteria we monitor”, and said it supports schools through its A Good Education for Every Norfolk strategy.

List of Norfolk schools that met the “coasting school” criteria in 2014 and 2015:

Norfolk high schools:

Acle Academy

City Academy Norwich

Flegg High School

Great Yarmouth VA High School

King’s Lynn Academy

North Walsham High School

Wayland Academy

Norfolk primary schools:

Admirals Academy

Angel Road Junior School

Ashill Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Attleborough Junior School

Bluebell Primary School

Bure Valley School

Burnham Market Primary School

Cliff Park Junior School

Colman Junior School

Cromer Junior School

Diamond Academy

Diss Church Junior School

Duchy of Lancaster Methwold CofE Primary School

Dussindale Primary School

Edward Worlledge Community Primary School

Emneth Primary School

Gaywood Community Primary School

George White Junior School

Gooderstone Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Great Hockham Primary School

Happisburgh Primary School

Heacham Junior School

Henderson Green Primary School

Hingham Primary School

Hopton Church of England Primary School

Horsford Church of England Junior School

Lakenham Primary School

Litcham School

Magdalen Gates Primary School

Martham Primary and Nursery School

Morley Church of England Primary School

North Denes Primary School

Norwich Road Academy

Queen’s Hill Primary School

Reepham Primary School

Rockland St Mary Primary School

Sculthorpe Church of England Primary School

St Andrew’s CofE VA Primary School, Lopham

St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School

St Mary’s Church of England Junior School

St Nicholas Priory CofE VA Junior School

Tacolneston Church of England Primary

Toftwood Community Junior School

Valley Primary School

Wimbotsham and Stow Community School

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