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Ofsted has announced an independent review of its investigation into claims that three Norfolk schools connected to Dame Rachel de Souza received advance notice of up-coming inspections.

Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Allegations that an academy chain in charge of a raft of Norfolk schools had prior knowledge of inspections should be re-investigated amid any new evidence, education secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

Caister High School

Just months after being told it had ‘serious weaknesses’, Caister High School has been praised for making improvements.

Great Yarmouth High School.
December 2013.

Picture: James Bass

The heads of Great Yarmouth High School are “taking effective action” to bring the secondary up to scratch, an Ofsted inspector has ruled.

A Gorleston school criticised by Ofsted at its last inspection has been told it needs to take “immediate action” to bring about the rapid improvements needed.

Principal Stuart Rimmer (centre) marks the start of the college's second phase of redevelopment with students Rose Williams,17, Ellie Crouch,18, Blake Robinson,18, Declan Jermy,18 and Adam Warnes,18.

The second stage of a £6m upgrade to Great Yarmouth College is due to get under way soon after bosses appointed a contractor to carry out the work.

Ian Burchett is the principal of Trafalgar College in Great Yarmouth being brought forward by the Inspiration Trust

Thousands of people have signed a petition in support of Great Yarmouth’s new academy high school.

UCS Yarmouth college graduation ceremony at St Nicholas Minster.

Years of hard work and dedication was applauded at University Campus Suffolk’s Great Yarmouth centre in a graduation ceremony for students, family and friends.

Thurton Primary School has had to shut its doors today after flooding.

A south Norfolk school has been forced to close its doors this morning after flooding caused raw sewage to seep into the building.

The John Grant School in Caister for children with special educational needs.
 Photo: Angela Sharpe.

A Norfolk special school is celebrating a leap in its ratings after moving from “requires improvement” to a report which hails its outstanding work helping pupils with autism.

GY college awards

More than 250 students, local employers, family members, friends and staff of Great Yarmouth College packed the Minster last Thursday for the annual Further Education (FE) Awards celebration.

Stradbroke Primary School, Gorleston

Teachers at a school which looks set to become an academy have spoken strongly of their “disappointment” over the move.

(L TO R) Rachel De Souza, Bill Holledge - Headteacher of Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, Dr Liz Sidwell  - Schools Commissioner and Theodoe Agnew - Academy Sponsor.  Picture: James Bass

Schools watchdog Ofsted has defended its decision to investigate tip-off allegations internally.

Dame Rachel de Souza, who was principal at the Norwich school and is the current chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, which runs the academies in Thetford and Great Yarmouth. Photo: Bill Smith

A high-level investigation in to allegations of a tip-off about Ofsted inspections at three Norfolk schools has cleared them of wrongdoing.

Cobholm Primary School classrooms.

A Great Yarmouth primary school currently in special mesaures has announced it is to become an academy.

Roughly 900 pupils were kept in their classrooms during lunchtime yesterday amid fears of an intruder armed with a knife on the premises of a school.

Principal Dr Simon Fox reassured parents there was never any danger

Students were kept in their classrooms at lunchtime today amid fears of an intruder armed with a knife on the premises of a Norfolk school.

Principal Stuart Rimmer with students Olivia Hudson and Connor Nixon in the new learning street.

The sleek new surroundings of a £1.2m development at Great Yarmouth College was open to excited students this week.

Yarmouth College beauty therapy students Ashlea Gissing and Amber Scholes could possibly be competing in Brazil.

A pair of talented teens will put their beauty skills to the test as they compete for a chance to showcase their work on the world stage.

A new classroom is craned onto the site of Edward Worlledge school

New classrooms have been craned onto the site of a Great Yarmouth school as it prepares to take on extra pupils.

University students are urged to sign up with a GP

With the beginning of term approaching, bringing a flurry of first year students, NHS England in East Anglia wants to stress the importance of registering with a local general practitioner (GP).

Dame Rachel de Souza with education minister Lord Nash. Picture: Denise Bradley

For four years, she has been the thrusting outsider administering a shock to the Norfolk education system.

Farm to Fork educational cookery lessons at the Tesco store in Great Yarmouth.
Childrens Food Trust teaching children cooking skills and making simple meals.

Picture: James Bass

Groups of budding chefs have been getting hands on in the kitchen of a Great Yarmouth supermarket to cook up some tasty treats.

Students from Flegg High School in Martham with their GCSE results.

Picture: James Bass

Schools across the Great Yarmouth borough are celebrating some top GCSE results despite a turbulent year.

Adrian Ball, executive principal of Thetford Academy.

The chief inspector of schools for England has announced a review of three Norfolk Ofsted inspections following allegations the academies received advance notice.

Chief Inspector of Schools in England and Head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The chief inspector of schools in England has announced a review of three Norfolk school inspections following allegations they received advance notice of inspection dates.

Dame Rachel de Souza with education minister Lord Nash. Picture: Denise Bradley

Ofsted is “reviewing its processes” following allegations that three Norfolk schools were tipped off about inspections before they happened.

Ian Burchett is the principal of Trafalgar College in Great Yarmouth being brough forward by the Inspiration Trust

Negotiations are underway in Great Yarmouth to agree a site as a two year countdown begins to open a new 11-19 secondary school and sixth form in the town.

Great Yarmouth Primary Academy official opening ceremony. (L TO R) Rachel De Souza with  Dr Liz Sidwell  - Schools Commissioner.  Picture: James Bass

A leading Norfolk academy chain has today denied allegations that some of its schools were unfairly tipped off about Ofsted inspections before they were held.

Latest A-level results

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Notre Dame School, Norwich sixth formers collecting their A level results. Photo: Steve Adams

Click here for a summary of A-level results from schools and colleges across the region as they come in.

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