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Waveney MP set to embark on a tour of area’s schools

PUBLISHED: 13:07 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:07 30 June 2015

Peter Aldous is visiting all schools across Waveney.

Peter Aldous is visiting all schools across Waveney.

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Waveney’s MP is to embark on a mammoth project to visit every single school in his constituency to discover how he can help raise educational standards in the area.

Achievement in schools became a big issue during Peter Aldous’ campaign for re-election, as his Labour opponent and predecessor in Parliament Bob Blizzard, hit out at what he called a “deeper problem with education in Lowestoft”.

That was after Benjamin Britten High School (BBHS) was given an “inadequate” grading by Ofsted, meaning three our of four high schools in the town were at one stage in “special measures”.

Things have since improved, with Ormiston Denes and East Point academies being taken out of the lowest grading.

However Mr Aldous still believes things are “variable” in terms of standards - and said: “It would be good to get to all the schools so I can actually see the challenges they face, what things could be done better and what government can do better.

“Where we do things well, it is important to point those out but it is very important to listen the pupils, parents, teachers and governors across the board.”

Mr Aldous plans to use the September Parliamentary recess to visit a lot of the schools, as he won’t have commitments in the House of Commons.

But with several high schools in Lowestoft, Beccles and Bungay and dozens of primary schools, Mr Aldous believes it is likely to take him a year to complete the full

tour.

What do you think should be done to raise educational standards in Lowestoft and Waveney? Write, giving your full contact details, to: Journal Postbox, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1NB or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk


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