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New head's vision for Lowestoft academy

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 February 2015

Kevin Blakey has been appointed as the new principal of East Point Academy in Lowestoft

Kevin Blakey has been appointed as the new principal of East Point Academy in Lowestoft

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The new principal of a Lowestoft academy has promised to introduce more “exciting and innovative” lessons as part of a bid to improve teaching standards at the school.

Kevin Blakey has been appointed as the new principal of East Point Academy in Lowestoft and has vowed to build on the work done previously “by improving educational standards”. With East Point Academy joining the Inspiration Trust late last year the school, based in Kirkley Run, is still aiming to become an “outstanding” school, where the students achieve excellent GCSE results.

With a “modified” behaviour system now in place, Mr Blakey said that the academy was “improving teaching standards” and would be “introducing exciting and innovative” lessons while “closely monitoring” student progress.

Mr Blakey, who was previously vice-principal at Thetford Academy and an assistant principal at Wymondham College, said: “We are seeking to build on previous work by improving educational standards. The potential of the pupils at East Point Academy is huge.”

With the 2014 GCSE results showing that pupils at East Point make more progress than at any other secondary school in Lowestoft, Mr Blakey added: “The potential of our pupils to achieve higher levels of progress and improvements in the gold standard measure of five GCSE A*-C with English and Maths is also clear after spending time with our pupils and staff since my appointment.

“We are going to make sure that our children are getting the best possible education. We have placed an immediate emphasis on our year-11s to help them achieve their potential this year.”

One of the strategies that has been implemented already is a “comprehensive” Saturday school programme.

He said: “To ensure school improvement, it is important to develop traditional values and high standards – good behaviour, self-respect, respect for others. This improvement needs to link to a continued improvement in teaching and learning, to ensure that the typical diet of lessons is the best that it can be for all pupils.”

The principal said he would be bringing in outside resources and expertise from the Inspiration Trust to help “develop all areas of academy life”.

He added: “It is clear that improved levels of communication are required with parents to ensure that they are aware of the progress that their children are making.

“So, my intention is to make sure that parents are kept well informed as the academy provides the opportunities for our students to become well-rounded citizens who will be successful in all aspects of life. It is my belief that with a well-led academy, supported by a local academy chain and parents, that the sky is the limit for Lowestoft students. They can do it.”

What do you think of East Point Academy? Write, giving your full contact details, to: Journal Postbox, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft BR32 1NB or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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