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New head's plan for Flegg High

PUBLISHED: 10:09 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:26 30 June 2010

As Russell Boulton walks the corridors of Flegg High School he has only one thing on his mind - an ambitious five-year plan to make it an outstanding place to learn.

As Russell Boulton walks the corridors of Flegg High School he has only one thing on his mind - an ambitious five-year plan to make it an outstanding place to learn.

Since being appointed as headteacher in September, Mr Boulton has put in place measures to try and make sure every one of the 965 pupils at Flegg High, in Martham, achieves educational success.

By bringing in new diplomas, apprenticeships and improving attendance and grades, Mr Boulton hopes that in five years' time his school will get a top mark of outstanding from Ofsted.

Even though an Ofsted inspection in 2008 only rated it as satisfactory, Mr Boulton is keen to build on Flegg's improving GCSE results from last year which saw 60pc of pupils gain at least five A to C grades.

From September, youngsters will be able to study diplomas, BTEC courses and apprenticeships to give them more practical-based lessons - such as performing arts, sports science and construction.

In a separate boost to the school's performance a new deputy headteacher, Tim Fair, has been appointed to work with families to increase pupils' results.

Pupils with 100pc attendance are also given certificates and prizes during assemblies.

Mr Boulton, who was previously assistant headteacher at a Suffolk upper school, said: “I believe that every learner here should be supported to the maximum so they can achieve their goals. “I definitely believe Flegg can be an outstanding school in three to five years' time.”

Mr Boulton also praised the dedication of his teaching staff and the role of the pupil/student council in shaping the school's future.

He also thanked his predecessor, Cherry Crowley, for laying down the foundations of a successful school ethos and good GCSE results.


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