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Denes High School will not be closed

PUBLISHED: 19:07 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:42 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT high school which was recently put on a list of failing schools will not be closed, Suffolk County Council confirmed tonight.

The Denes was named earlier this month in secretary of state for education Ed Balls' challenge list of schools where fewer than 30pc of pupils achieve five good GCSEs, with only 28pc of pupils at the school achieving the required standard.

A LOWESTOFT high school which was recently put on a list of failing schools will not be closed, Suffolk County Council confirmed tonight.

The Denes was named earlier this month in secretary of state for education Ed Balls' challenge list of schools where fewer than 30pc of pupils achieve five good GCSEs, with only 28pc of pupils at the school achieving the required standard.

But the county council's portfolio holder for children, schools and young people's services Patricia O'Brien said that the council has no intention of closing the school in Yarmouth Road.

Denes headteacher Mick Lincoln said last week that the government's 30pc target was arbitrary and that he totally the label of being a failing school.

Mrs O'Brien said that the council is already working closely with the four schools in Suffolk which are on the government's list - the others are in Ipswich and Haverhill - to improve standards and achievement.

Mrs O'Brien said the Denes was recently rated as “good” by Ofsted inspectors.

She added: “All the schools, in partnership with the county council, have been working hard to raise standards in order to improve the number of pupils who achieve 5+A* - C GCSEs, including maths and English.

“Secretary of state Ed Balls recently stated that the national challenge is about giving additional support to the schools so their children can reach their full potential. In Suffolk, we will use the opportunity to help in our drive to raise standards throughout our schools.”

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