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Schools in Lowestoft aim for 2020 ‘pinnacle’ after league tables are published

Pakefield High school students open their GCSE results. Picture: Nick Butcher

Pakefield High school students open their GCSE results. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A drive to raise educational standards in Lowestoft is expected to deliver a year-on-year improvement resulting in a five-year “pinnacle”, a town leader has said.

School league tables for GCSE results published yesterday showed Ormiston Denes and East Point academies were in the bottom 10 per cent of state schools for their headline GCSE figures, with Ormiston Denes in the bottom five for Suffolk.

Benjamin Britten Music Academy was also in the bottom 10 for schools in Suffolk, although Sir John Leman High School in Beccles – which takes many pupils from the Carlton Colville area – score highly, with 69 per cent of pupils getting five A* to C grades including English and maths.

Pakefield High School also saw 52 per cent of students achieve five A* to C grades including English and maths, and all schools made some improvements on their results from the year before.

Phil Aves, change manager at Lowestoft Rising – an organisation working with schools to help raise attainment – said the improvements already made at primary school level meant he expected results to reach a five-year “pinnacle” by 2020.

Mr Aves said: “We knew it would take some to turn around the results – it is not going to happen overnight.

“However important work is going on in partnership between all of us in trying to improve the learning and aspiration of young people all the way through the school system, from primary to higher years.

“I believe year-on-year we will see improvements to a pinnacle by five year’s time.”

■ For the full story and further reaction to the school league tables, pick up today’s Journal.


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