Two Norfolk schools make Tatler magazine’s list of country’s best state schools

Wymondham High Academy entrance at Folly Road, Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Wymondham High Academy entrance at Folly Road, Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Two Norfolk state schools have been named among the best in the country by a well-known society magazine.

Jonathan Rockey, principal at Wymondham High Academy. Picture: Wymondham High Academy

Jonathan Rockey, principal at Wymondham High Academy. Picture: Wymondham High Academy - Credit: Archant

Tatler has published its annual State Schools Guide, which it says is for 'people like us' who either can't afford to send children to private schools – or don't want to.

They have published their top 20 primary and secondary schools, with the full list featured in their latest print edition.

And staff and students at both Wymondham High Academy and St Martin at Shouldham Primary Academy, near Downham Market, have cause for celebration after getting places in the top 20.

The magazine said Wymondham High was 'coming up hot on the heels' of its 'high-profile neighbour', Wymondham College.


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It praised the school's 'ambition', its strong mental health provision, depth of teaching expertise and headteacher Jonathan Rockey, who it said was 'making great strides in tackling barriers to academic success'.

Mr Rockey said: 'Wymondham High has always been very proud its learning community, both in terms of the academic performance of its pupils as well as their participation in extra-curricular activities. To be named amongst the top 20 state schools in England by Tatler was a real honour and one we believe recognises our passion for education.'

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Meanwhile, quoting a parent, the magazine described St Martin at Shouldham Primary, which is run by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, as 'really mind-blowing'.

They called headteacher Katherine Howe a 'phenomenal strategic leader', and noted the school's eco-friendly focus, after-school clubs and immaculate buildings.

Mrs Howe said: 'It's lovely, I'm very proud. Everyone is, including the children of course.'

One of its pupils, a year six girl called Ella, said: 'I love this school because there are so many fun activities - there's something for everyone.

'From art to maths, every subject is fun and exciting.'

While the list has been welcomed, some have said that while it only includes non-fee paying schools, many are based in very affluent catchment areas.

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