It’s long been said that schools in our local Norfolk and Suffolk areas have been underachieving. In comparison to nearby London and other more southern counties, the east has suffered in Ofsted reports and SATS and GCSE results. In 2015, more than 70 Norfolk schools were a “cause for concern” due to a lack of achievement, a lack of progression and poor Ofsted results. Also in 2015, the government found that school improvements in Suffolk were “too slow”. Average levels of achievement in a Norfolk or Suffolk school appeared less likely than in other areas of the country.
Earlier this month, Ofsted released their 2017 report with an incredible result for our local schools.
As of August 2017, 95% of eastern nurseries and pre-schools met the ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings. 90% of the Norfolk primary schools met the same standards, making them both on par with the country’s average. Since 2012, Norfolk primaries have made a staggering increase of 31%.
Our local schools are improving year after year to meet and exceed national averages. We cannot wait to see the progress that 2018 brings them all.