Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Sudbury: New head in pledge to raise standards

11:54 11 September 2012

Principal, Caroline Wilson, is pictured at Ormiston Sudbury Academy with students in their new uniforms.

Principal, Caroline Wilson, is pictured at Ormiston Sudbury Academy with students in their new uniforms.

Archant

THE principal of the new Ormiston Sudbury Academy – formerly Sudbury Upper School – has pledged to raise standards and achieve an “outstanding” Ofsted report by 2014.

Caroline Wilson, who relocated to Suffolk from Yorkshire to take up the role, described GCSE results at the secondary school as “disappointing”. But she said a new teaching and learning agenda was in place which would see visible improvements by next autumn.

The school, which has 708 students, reopened as the Ormiston Academy last week with a new uniform, refurbished corridors and a renovated reception area. But Mrs Wilson, 48, said the changes were far more than superficial.

In the first week, discipline has been noticeably tightened and the students’ lunch break has been cut from an hour to 35 minutes in a bid to keep the children engaged in learning.

The move is also part of a plan to change the school hours to an earlier start and finish from next September, when the two-tier education system will be in full swing across the county. Mrs Wilson has also said attendance and punctuality need to improve.

“It’s not about the fabric of the building, it’s about what’s happening inside it and our standards simply aren’t up to scratch,” she said. “Results (this year) were disappointing and below floor standard. Despite the problem with the English debacle nationally, the bottom line is that even if our students were to get the grades that were predicted, the standards are still not good enough and this is something I will be addressing.”

The school is running a similar curriculum to last year, but Mrs Wilson wants to build better links with Thomas Gainsborough School – formerly Great Cornard Upper – around the classes they offer.

She added: “I want to look at the curriculum to see what we can do to broaden it, so we have both academic and vocational courses and a curriculum that suits everybody’s needs and is totally inclusive.”

The transition to academy status has not been entirely smooth. Earlier this year, parents complained that there had not been adequate consultation over the takeover. The academy also had teething issues last week after dozens of uniforms ordered by parents turned up in the wrong sizes.

But Mrs Wilson added: “We are faced with a challenge here, but it’s doable. We are starting at a low level and even after a week, people are beginning to see that it is different, and the students feel more engaged with what they are doing. The challenge is going to be sustaining and maintaining it.”

The academy is holding two open evenings on September 20 and 26.

0 comments

Another person has been bailed over the stabbing in Ancaster Road, Ipswich.

The list of top acts scheduled to appear at one of Suffolk’s most popular music festivals in its 10th anniversary year is growing, with comedic rappers Goldie Lookin Chain joining the line-up.

A blaze in the early hours in Claydon has damaged a children’s activity resource centre.

Police in Ipswich were today investigating an allegation of a serious sexual assault near the town centre.

A police officer has come to the aid of an elderly woman who was struggling to get home during Storm Doris.

Headteachers in Essex are warning government under-funding is putting teachers’ jobs at risk and could lead to bigger class sizes.

Youngsters from Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich joined up with their peers from Ormiston Victory Academy in Norwich last week for a combined skiing trip to Tonale, Italy – marking the start of what could be a more common tie-up between the two.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24