Revealed: The 52 Norfolk schools at risk of becoming “coasting schools”
07:18 22 January 2016
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:
City Academy Norwich
Flegg High School
Great Yarmouth VA High School
King’s Lynn Academy
North Walsham High School
Norfolk primary schools:
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
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
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