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School praised for its work with boys

PUBLISHED: 16:28 12 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:25 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT school has been highlighted by Ofsted for its trend-bucking work with boys.

The progress made by nine to 13-year-old boys at the Harris Middle School impressed the school inspection body so much that their approach will feature in a publication about good practice.

A LOWESTOFT school has been highlighted by Ofsted for its trend-bucking work with boys.

The progress made by nine to 13-year-old boys at the Harris Middle School impressed the school inspection body so much that their approach will feature in a publication about good practice.

Jackie Bowmaker, acting headteacher at Harris Middle, said: "A visit from Ofsted isn't usually something that a school looks forward to. But it's great to have a visit when you know that what you're doing is working, that children are getting the benefit from it, and that what you do might help other children in other schools as well.

"With the national trend being for boys to do less well, it was great that the inspector who came said the children were polite and the working atmosphere quiet and purposeful."

Patricia O'Brien, portfolio holder for children, schools and young people's services, said: "This recognition of good practice shows what can be done to encourage boys to achieve more at school. I would like to congratulate the Harris Middle School for its hard work and hope that its success can be passed on through the county."

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