A teachers’ union leader has questioned whether the academy chain that has been appointed to run three new primary free schools in the Norwich area will allow much community involvement.

A council launched a four-month process to decide who should run a new primary school in Sprowston - only to find the government had already made the decision without telling it.

The man who decided to make the Hewett School an academy has revealed his disappointment after its GCSE results fell, one year after its conversion.

The civil servant who oversees academies in the east of England has said he may make a decision about the future of one of Norfolk’s first academies next month.

He is the man who holds the fate of our schools in his hands. In the fourth of this week’s series of interviews with key education figures, Martin George meets regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson.

The man who will decide the fate of potentially dozens of local schools that could be branded ‘coasting’ says he will not force all of them to become academies.

Norfolk’s education system could fracture as more schools break away from the council, and risk isolation as they join dozens of smaller academy trusts.

A city primary school that Ofsted praised as a good with outstanding features is applying to set up an academy trust that would be open to schools from across the east of England.

The government has sacked two interim governors of a troubled high school following a row with the academy trust that ministers want to take it over, the EDP understands.

A brand-new primary school that includes boarders could be coming to Norfolk after Wymondham College announced it was considering launching a bid to set up an innovative free school.

Sprowston High School will not become an academy on September 1, it has emerged.

A leading education expert has said school finances were facing “pressures on all sides” after an EDP analysis of 50 sets of academy accounts revealed deficits, staff cuts, and the impact of falling pupil numbers.

One of Norfolk’s leading academy trusts is in talks with a government funding body about its financial future over the next decade, its accounts have revealed.

An academy which is battling to turn around its academic performance while tackling a £969,000 deficit is trying to change the terms of a private finance initiative (PFI) deal that cost it almost £1m last year alone.

The head of an academy chain has apologised for a delay in telling students the sixth form they were expecting to join was being suspended.

Norfolk’s biggest school has announced that two primary schools will join it when it officially launches its academy trust in September.

Plans for Great Yarmouth High School to become an academy have been delayed because of a dispute between the owner of its land and the trust that is due to sponsor it.

Land and property worth more than £360m has been taken off Norfolk County Council’s books as schools broke away to become academies.

A new principal has been appointed to lead an academy in Wisbech less than a month after it was rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted.

A new trust that aims to use the principles of the co-operative movement to “turn the accepted academy model upside down” has received government permission to run schools.

He is one of the most powerful figures in the government’s academies programme. Martin George meets Sir David Carter.

One of the most powerful figures in the government’s academies programme has praised the success of Hethersett Academy.

The Hewett School had a projected deficit of more than £650,000 when it was controversially turned into an academy last September, it has emerged - and Norfolk’s remaining non-academies will have to pick up the bill.

The government has abandoned plans to force all schools in England to become academies - but it was not clear whether new rules could still require all schools in our region to convert.

An academy trust with a cluster of schools in our region is planning dozens of redundancies at the same time as creating two new regional director posts with “attractive” salaries.

A fightback against government plans to turn hundreds of schools in our region into academies is today under way, with activists forming a new campaign group, and county councillors urged to throw their weight against the proposal.

Plans for two high schools and two sixth forms to create a pioneering academy trust may proceed without one of the sixth forms.

Reepham High School has announced the identity of the first school that will join its new academy trust.

The executive headteacher of a struggling academy who resigned last month, just weeks into the job, is now returning to the school.

A city high school is planning a cull of senior and support staff just months after becoming an academy in a bid to avoid a £500,000 deficit next year.

An academy trust that runs four Norfolk high schools has announced plans to cut 10 teaching posts because of rising costs and falling income.

A mixed reaction has greeted the news that Great Yarmouth High School is to join the Inspiration Trust academy group.

Sprowston High School has won formal government approval to become an academy.

Secrecy surrounding key decisions made about academies which educate thousands of children in our region has come under fire after the government turned down a request to release important documents.

A new academy trust set up by Wymondham College has announced a nearby primary school celebrating a rapid improvement in its Ofsted grade is likely to become its first member.

An academy struggling to get out of special measures is facing further uncertainty after its new executive headteacher resigned because of concerns about funding.

A church academy trust has expressed its “extreme disappointment” after its application to sponsor Great Yarmouth High School was rejected.

The Department for Education has revealed how much it spent on turning the Hewett School into an academy, reversing an earlier decision to keep some of the information secret.

Sprowston High School will officially apply to become an academy, with the aim of joining the Norwich-based Right for Success academy trust.

Two sixth forms are hoping to form a pioneering partnership with two rural high schools which could see them create the first multi-academy trust of its kind in England.

Norfolk’s top-performing state high school has told parents it is considering setting up a trust to sponsor academy schools.

Norfolk County Council has defended the estimated £200,000 it has charged schools that have become academies over the past two years.

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.

Two high-profile Norwich academies have seen their poor GCSE results confirmed in official government league tables.

A self-styled “arch-critic” of the academy movement has revealed his high school will change course and apply to form an academy trust of its own.

A Norfolk high school will either improve or close following a damning Ofsted inspection, its new executive headteacher has warned.

One of the last community high schools in Norfolk has reversed its opposition to becoming an academy, and is applying to set up its own multi-academy trust.

An MP who is a prominent critic of the government’s academy programme has supported the decision of Norfolk’s biggest high school to set up a multi-academy trust.

Thorpe St Andrew School has decided to become an academy, and set up a trust to sponsor other academies.

A junior school hopes to spread its vision of digital learning after securing government permission to set up a trust to sponsor other academies.

An embryonic academy trust for Catholic schools has revealed its name - and said its formation could help avoid job losses and safeguard the future of some of its smallest members.

Acle Academy has been confirmed as the first high school to be sponsored by a new academy trust based at Hellesdon High School.

A newly-created academy trust based at a city high school is waiting to hear if it has won government approval to sponsor another Norfolk secondary school.

Communities will be at the heart of Norfolk County Council’s discussions about future academy conversions, it has told the civil servant who oversees the academies programme in our region.

A flagship £21m academy has suffered a fresh blow after it received an official government warning over “unacceptably low” standards.

Five academies and free schools with “unacceptably low” performance have received formal government warnings, starting a process that could see them taken away from their current sponsors.

A number of academy trusts are in discussion about forging formal links between them, in what may represent the next stage of the evolving education landscape in our region.

The sponsor of a flagship free school has said its future is secure, despite concerns consistently raised by its board about its deficit and student numbers.

It’s over to you – that is the message to parents at Norfolk’s biggest high school as it confirmed it will launch a consultation on becoming an academy.

The 450 pupils at a junior school have been “written off” because council priorities have so far prevented ‘dilapidated’ mobile classrooms from the 1970s from being repaired, a head has claimed.

Many thought the controversy over the Hewett Academy was over, but now it has emerged Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has asked the Inspiration Trust a series of questions before deciding whether to take up its offer of a place on its governing body.

Norfolk’s biggest academy trust is trying again to appoint two executive principals to oversee large clusters of its schools after its initial search failed to find suitable candidates.

Campaigners who fought government plans for the Hewett School to become an Inspiration Trust academy have asked MPs to look at emails about the public consultation.

Catholic schools in our area are set to press ahead with plans to band together in a multi-academy trust – which could pave the way for new satellite schools or sixth forms.

This newspaper can today reveal the £500,000 cost of payments to staff leaving two city high schools in the run-up to them becoming academies.

An academy’s decision to increase its communications budget at the same time it is planning to cut the hours of support staff “beggars belief”, a union has claimed.

The Norwich area could be left without any high schools that are not academies after the biggest school in Norfolk revealed it was considering converting.

A primary school that leads an embryonic multi-academy trust is seeking a new head of school so its current headteacher can concentrate on expanding the group.

Hellesdon High School has been officially approved as a new sponsor of academy schools.

A former primary school governor has spoken of how he felt he was “used” during its conversion to an academy.

An MP is writing to ministers questioning whether a controversial academy chain is fit to run a Norwich high school after it was alleged its chief executive said she was “sick” it had received a good Ofsted rating in 2013.

He is fast becoming the most important player in education in our region. Martin George meets the civil servant with growing power over academies – and now non-academies, too

The next year will see a big growth in the number of primary schools that become academies, the regional schools commissioner has said.

Parents at one of Norfolk’s biggest schools have raised concerns about the process for it to become an academy.

One of Norfolk’s most respected headteachers has fired a parting shot at Ofsted and ‘interfering politicians’ in his last interview before he retires.

A controversial academy chain has rejected calls to withdraw from plans to take over a struggling high school, after a consultation showed strong public opposition.

About 80pc of people who took part in the official consultation on the future of the Hewett School expressed opposition to it becoming an academy, according to a consultant’s analysis of the results.

A primary school which became an academy two years ago has been told by Ofsted it “requires improvement” - the same judgement as before conversion.

More than 80pc of people who took part in an online survey organised by anti-academy campaigners have said they do not want the Hewett School to be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The man appointed to oversee academies in our region has questioned whether conversion has contributed to raising standards in schools that go it alone.

A high school which is today launching a consultation on becoming an academy has announced the date of a meeting with parents and the wider community about the plans.

The battle over the future of one of Norwich’s most prominent high schools has taken a new twist as it emerged the county council has demanded that it be given ownership of its land.

A city high school could see its community roots reflected in a new name when it becomes an academy.

The Norwich area could be left with just two high schools that are not academies after it emerged that Sprowston High School will consult its parents about converting.

A high school academy has announced it is hoping to join a local multi-academy trust to achieve higher standards.

A meeting to consult the local community about the future of a Norwich high school has heard strong opposition to a controversial academy chain taking it over.

Parents say they have been reassured about the future of Cobholm’s primary school after meeting with the headteacher - and are now focused on taking positive steps forward.

The length of the school day, the use of unqualified teachers, and the future of the Hewett’s land were raised by parents at the first consultation meeting on government plans for it to become an academy.

A high school at the centre of a row over government plans to turn it into an academy is making “reasonable progress” in its fight to get out of special measures, Ofsted has said.

The Bishop of Norwich has called for church boards of education to be given legal powers to intervene in under-performing church schools.

The headteacher of an academy which was criticised following a confidential pilot Ofsted inspection has gone on sick leave.

The headteacher of a primary school which was at the centre of a row over its conversion to an academy has announced he is leaving, less than a year after it was taken over by an outside sponsor.

A confidential inspection of a Norfolk academy has highlighted concerns about its performance, it has emerged.

The man given the job of leading a troubled high school into a new era has said it has “a very bright future”.

Reepham High has become the latest Norfolk school to be allowed to sponsor other academies.

The biggest primary school academy chain in England is set to expand into our region.

The government has defended two leaders of a Norfolk academy chain set to take over a city high school, after questions were raised about potential conflicts of interest.

UKIP members have suggested turning the Hewett into a grammar school or a state-run boarding school.

A second headteacher in a week has resigned at short notice from a prominent academy chain.

The academy chain named as the preferred sponsor of a city high school has hit back at claims some of its land could be sold off.

The appointment of a headteacher from north Norfolk will be a “significant step” in the recovery of Sewell Park College, the chairman of its interim governors has said.

Two city schools will be able to start their merger after receiving a £500,000 government grant.

The interim governors of a city high school have launched a formal consultation about its proposed academy conversion, days after saying they would not because people could not “reasonably expect” it to have an impact on the outcome.

Plans for a High Court challenge to the planned academisation of a city high school have been put on hold.

Norfolk County Council has postponed a decision about whether to launch a High Court challenge against government plans to turn the Hewett School into an academy.

Ministers have signed an order for Sewell Park College, in Norwich, to become an academy.

It is a tale of two city high schools: the Hewett School, and Sewell Park College.

Parents concerned about plans to convert a city high school into an academy have formed a campaign group following a public meeting this evening.

A decision whether to launch a legal challenge to government plans to turn the Hewett School into an academy could be taken in secret, it has emerged.

A community meeting has been called for tomorrow to discuss plans for Sewell Park College to become an academy.

Hundreds of protesters have marched through Norwich city centre to show their opposition to a prominent high school becoming an academy.

Campaigners fighting plans to turn a troubled Norwich high school into an academy have been given a glimmer of hope after the government appeared to say a final deal could not be completed before the election.

Campaigners fighting plans to convert the Hewett School into an academy have announced plans for a protest march.

An emergency meeting of councillors will next week decide whether to challenge in the High Court government plans to turn a Norwich high school into an academy.

A Norfolk academy chain which runs three primaries and a special needs school has been chosen as the prospective sponsor of a troubled Norwich high school.

The battle over the future of the Norwich’s most prominent high schools could be heading to the High Court. Ahead of tomorrow’s public meeting about the Hewett, MARTIN GEORGE analyses six key questions.

Campaigners fighting proposals for a prominent city high school to become an academy have called a public meeting.

One of the most dramatic changes to the region’s education system for a generation has been heralded by news that dozens of schools are expected to come under the control of the church.

One of Norfolk’s most prominent chains of academy schools has announced plans to cut up to 40 jobs in an effort to save £1.9m next year.

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