Search

New academy in Lowestoft ‘will inspire’

15:48 11 March 2011

Howard Lay, a former Kirkley High School pupil and now headteacher of the

Howard Lay, a former Kirkley High School pupil and now headteacher of the 'outstanding' Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, who will oversee the running of Kirkley's new academy.

Archant

MOVES to transform Lowestoft’s biggest school into Waveney’s first academy will help to ‘inspire young people to make their best better’, the organisation backing it said this week.

As revealed in last week’s Journal, Kirkley High School will assume academy status from September under major changes being sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).

This week, Mike Barnett, publicity consultant for AET, said the trust was “delighted” to become the sponsor, and said the changes planned would have a positive impact on the school and community.

“Working closely with Suffolk County Council, our united aim is to promote at Kirkley Community High an academy for Lowestoft which will ‘inspire young people to make their best better’,” he said.

“We are committed to offering them an excellent education through the application of tried, tested and very successful school organisation and an outstanding curriculum.

“We have a proven track record of working closely with many schools throughout the country for nearly a decade to achieve significant improvements in standards; and, more recently, in developing an expanding federation of academies in south east England, providing the opportunity for all learners to fulfil their real potential and become active, prosperous and successful citizens.”

Mr Barnett said the number of students at Kirkley would rise from 800 to 1,000 as part of the move towards 11-16 education, and teaching staff would transfer to the new academy on September 1.

“In the meantime there is a lot of work to do to ensure the smooth transition from a high school to an academy,” he added.

AET says that from September, the new academy will also be working “very closely” with the “outstanding” Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, bringing its headteacher back to where his schooling began.

As a former Kirkley High pupil, Howard Lay admitted Lowestoft was very close to his heart and he was “looking forward” to returning to his home town. “I was at Kirkley when it was a secondary modern school and I was one out of a handful in our year group of 300 that got into higher education,” he told The Journal.

Mr Lay, a former head of sixth at Benjamin Britten, stressed the link-up was a mutual partnership.

“I will be remaining head of Samuel Ward Academy as this is very much a supportive role working with the staff.

“This is not a takeover. It is a long term partnership, a long-term commitment which we’re in for the long haul.”

1 comment

  • You can change the name and throw money at it, but Kirkley High School will never improve until the disruptive minority of pupils who have a disproportionate effect on the school are dealt with. This means parents being forced under law to be responsibile for the actions of their delinquent offspring. Middle Schools which feed KHS have been deliberately allowed to fail by Suffolk County Council so that they could be closed - if only the Local Education Authority officers had supported these schools instead of going along with Tory dogma !

    Report this comment

    Dogberry

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

Other news

Yesterday, 17:37
Review: Avenue Q at The Marina Theatre.

As soon as the curtain lifted on the opening night at the Marina Theatre, we felt a part of everyday life on Avenue Q.

Yesterday, 12:00
Picture by Chantal Bourgonje

In his latest column for The Journal, Southwold lurcher WORZEL writes about his mum’s new camera.

Yesterday, 09:36
Homes being built in Carlton Colville during one of Waveneys last periods of big growth in 2005.

Up to 9,500 homes may need to be built in Waveney over the next 20 years – and people are being urged to give their views.

Yesterday, 09:00
General Manager Keith Fletcher is leaving the Spring Tide pub/restaurant in Lowestoft.

Picture: James Bass

The departing manager of a restaurant has said a “big thank you” to the people of Lowestoft after they raised over £50,000 with his support.

Most Read

Yesterday, 09:00
General Manager Keith Fletcher is leaving the Spring Tide pub/restaurant in Lowestoft.

Picture: James Bass

The departing manager of a restaurant has said a “big thank you” to the people of Lowestoft after they raised over £50,000 with his support.

Read more
United Kingdom
Yesterday, 09:36
Homes being built in Carlton Colville during one of Waveneys last periods of big growth in 2005.

Up to 9,500 homes may need to be built in Waveney over the next 20 years – and people are being urged to give their views.

Read more
David Ritchie
Monday, October 27, 2014
Hoseasons call centre, Lowestoft.
Matt Smith oust side the building with the new company logo.

A Lowestoft firm, who are one of the UK’s leading self-catering accommodation specialists, is searching for new recruits.

Read more
Wed, 15:45
A special charity cake day was held in memory of youngster Ollie Gray.  Megan Grainge,  Archie Gray and Lexi Gray enjoying some of the cakes.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of visitors came to enjoy tasty cakes and raise money for charity, in the memory of a popular little boy.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00
Picture by Chantal Bourgonje

In his latest column for The Journal, Southwold lurcher WORZEL writes about his mum’s new camera.

Read more
US Federal Reserve

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up