North Norfolk has its second academy after Sheringham High School completed the switch of status today.

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The coastal high school joins Cromer Academy, which made the move on September 1, and a growing number of schools in Norfolk and beyond that are opting for the change.

Switching to academy status means funding comes direct from the government, rather than via the county council, and also brings more freedom over the curriculum, the length of school days and other issues.

In a letter to the school confirming the government’s agreement to the move, education secretary Michael Gove wrote: “I am delighted that Sheringham High School recognises the benefits academy status will bring.

“Your academy will now have the opportunity to use the freedoms and flexibilities of academy status, to share best practice and work with others to bring about sustained improvements to all schools in the area. I would like to thank you for your commitment and wish you every success in the future.”

Gill Baker, chair of governors at Sheringham, said: “The move to academy status is a just reward for the achievements of students and staff at the school.

“In 2011 72pc of students gained five or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics at GCSE. This ranks the school 4th out of 51 Norfolk high schools.

“Sixth form students went to some of the top UK universities including Bristol, Imperial College and, for the second year running, Cambridge.

“As an academy our aim is to become an even better school and continue to be a centre of educational excellence in North Norfolk.”

7 comments

  • EDEN - That is one of the points against this. My father is a primary school teacher at a village school, and that is seeing a funding reduction while these "academies" and "free schools" suck in all the resources. In a rural area with lots of village schools, it is especially painful for North Norfolk. Minister Gove is royally messing up Education

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    Callum Ringer

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

  • a fine city - I Disagree.

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    Callum Ringer

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

  • What a shame -

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

  • What about neighbouring schools left poorer as a result?

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

  • What really needs investigating is why several Academy primary London heads are now running 3,4, maybe 6 schools, being paid £200K+ but unable to carry out the core functions of headship to do with pupil, staff and parent issues as espoused by Sir Michael Wilshere (new Ofsted chief). Instead they employ much larger leadership teams to do these functions for them at massive expense to the public purse. Why also if Mr Gove is so relaxed about schools choosing whether or not to become academies is he employing 12, soon to be 40, consultants again at huge cost to "persuade" head teachers and Governing Bodies to become academies in LAs where there are very few academies? This is utterly disgraceful and a huge waste of money: I thought we were supposed to be managing our way out of the severest deficit budget crisis since the '80s!!! Does anyone remember Grant Maintained schools? Weren't these the answer to standards rising? What happened to them? Some failed, some succeeded and all of them diverted money from the LA schs just as academies and free schs are and will. What a tragedy that Govt after Govt use children as pawns for their ever changing and hugely expensive education policies. It is a dire way to run a state education system but of course they know best. They will soon be found out.

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    Sportswagon

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

  • Academy status, also brings higher wages for Head Teachers - in some cases up to three times as much. Its totally pathetic!

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    Ben

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

  • Congratulations. Academies are the way to go if you want more freedom to innovate and raise standards even further. The pupils will benefit and that is all that should matter in a school.

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    a fine city

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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