Thirty-two pupils removed from Great Yarmouth Charter Academy in a fortnight

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.
Picture: David Hannant

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

More than 30 children were removed from a Great Yarmouth school in the first two weeks of the school term, it has been revealed.

A Freedom of Information Request to Norfolk County Council shows that, from September 6 to September 20, 32 children were removed from the roll at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.

The response shows that nine children were removed to be home educated, 20 were moved to other schools and three children were 'missing from school'.

It said no permanent exclusions were recorded in that time.

It came after a stricter policy on behaviour was introduced, which made headlines around the country.

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In September, the trust said the number of pupils leaving had not been cause for concern, and that it had been a two-way process, with parents applying for children to join the school.

The initial new behaviour policy included confiscating phones for up to four months, walking in single file between lessons and not making eye contact with other pupils during lessons.

Though a revised policy was released after it split opinion, many of the original rules remain.

Principal Barry Smith, who joined the school this summer, said the measures were needed to improve results and behaviour at the school. This summer, 30pc of pupils achieved a level four - roughly a C - or above in English and maths and its Progress 8 score was -0.57.

The Norfolk average was -0.05 and the England average was -0.03.

The school - formerly Great Yarmouth High School - became an academy under the trust in August.

We have contacted the Inspiration Trust for comment.

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