Welcome to East Point Academy
A KEY funding agreement has been reached to transform Lowestoft's biggest school into a new academy – making it the most easterly of its kind in England.
In September, Kirkley High will re-open its doors as the aptly-named East Point Academy as it becomes the first school in Waveney to break away from Suffolk County Council control.
In a major boost to its plans, the Department of Education has agreed to enter into a funding agreement with the academy, which is being sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). The agreement secures its budget and its staff.
When the academy opens it will have 1,200 students aged 11-16 on its roll, and all will all be issued with free new uniforms.
AET says its goal for the academy is to 'inspire young people to make their best better' by offering 'excellent education through the application of tried, tested and very successful school organisation and an outstanding curriculum'.
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News of the funding arrangement was confirmed last Friday in a letter to AET by Lord Hill, parliamentary under secretary of state for schools.
Lord Hill's letter said: 'AET's main focus will be to build on the achievements of the predecessor school and to improve the quality of teaching.I hope the academy will provide its young people with opportunities to achieve their full potential in their chosen field of work, studying or training.'
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The acting headteacher, Liz Redpath, said: 'This is fantastic news, not just for the school but for the whole community.
'Our students have already been working closely with younger ones due to transfer to the East Point next month to ensure their move is as smooth as possible.
'We have just recruited 19 new staff and all staff are looking forward to a busy and exciting year ahead.'
Essex-based AET was formed in 2008, and East Point will be its eighth academy.
Waveney MP Peter Aldous said he was pleased the funding arrangement had been agreed, paving the way for the academy's creation.
He added: 'It is excellent news that the East Point Academy will be opening in September.
'This announcement demonstrates the government's commitment to providing funding for deprived areas.
'I look forward to meeting with those who will run the academy to discuss and support its opening.'
Free uniform packs for year 7 to 11 East Point Academy students can be collected at the academy's sports hall on Monday, September 5 between noon and 6pm, and between 11am and 4pm on the following two days. The packs will contain a blazer, tie, a twin pack of shirts or blouses, a polo shirt and unisex sports top. Other items of clothing, including pullovers, skirts, trousers and PE gear, can be bought for cash only during the three days.