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Governors have criticised Suffolk County Council after they resigned from their school which was branded ‘inadequate’.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Some of the UCS Choir members who will be appearing on Songs of Praise on television

University Campus Suffolk’s new choir is to appear on BBC Songs of Praise

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Childhood obesity figures revealed

One in 10 Suffolk children will become obese or overweight before leaving primary school, new figures have revealed.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Official opening of Chantry Academy. Head boy and girl, left to right, Ligita Lazdauskaite and Joshua Clarke.

Chantry Academy in Ipswich celebrated the grand opening of its new school building on Friday, as the school marks a “fresh start” from a difficult year.

Friday, November 27, 2015
UCS Photography, major investment

Photography students at UCS benefit from state of the art facilities after major investment

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Schoolchildren from around Suffolk sing during a live streaming event for the Friday Afternoons project at Snape Maltings

Hundreds of children joined in song for the culmination of a project which has gone global since launching in Suffolk two years ago.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Stowmarket High School headteacher Dave Lee-Allan

A headteacher has vowed to continue making “sweeping improvements” after Ofsted criticised standards for a second time in two years.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Sue Cook, director of Children and Young People's Services at the county council

The top boss for education in Suffolk has warned headteachers not to encourage parents to home school their children because they are struggling in the classroom.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Lisa Chambers, former education councillor at the Suffolk County Council.

Lisa Chambers’ departure as education councillor in Suffolk will ‘not help school children’, according to a teaching union.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds

The leader of West Suffolk College has backed calls to protect the budget for further education as the Government prepares to announce spending cuts.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Head girl Issy Williams and deputy head girl Rosy Trewin-Marshall, who launched the messages of peace initiative at Royal Hospital School, Holbrook

Two pupils who launched a Messages of Peace initiative at their school say they have been overwhelmed by the response.

Friday, November 20, 2015
UCS writing competition, SNAP winners 2014.
James Cullen and runner-up Sean Antonioli

Write on: UCS students urged to get creative

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Holbrook Academy was invited by Mensa to test their 10 best students across the age range for membership, with seven being accepted, with three of the 10 tested in the top 1%. Membership is offered only to the top 2% IQ scores in the country.

sydnee Nicholas, Luke shooter- page, Dylan Goddard, Harry, George baker, Harry Bailey, Henry barley, and Gracie Palmer

It is one of the most exclusive groups in the world – reserved for the brightest minds from a range of different backgrounds.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Headteacher, Caroline Gibson, and pupils at Hadleigh High School celebrate their good Ofsted.

“Rapid progress” in a “wide range of subjects” helped a town’s secondary school secure another ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Stowmarket Town centre aerial

A pupil referral unit in Suffolk has been criticised by education watchdog Ofsted for not taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Saxmundham Free School

The first free schools to open in east Suffolk as part of the Government’s flagship education programme have come under fire in a damning letter demanding standards improve.

John Nice - Doing Nicely

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I’ve got OCD - Obsessive Christmas Disorder.

Raising the Bar

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lisa Chambers’ departure as education councillor in Suffolk will ‘not help school children’, according to a teaching union.

Friday, November 20, 2015
The resignation of Lisa Chambers prompted a sharp reaction from her former boss Mark Bee.

Suffolk County Council’s ruling Conservative group was in turmoil today following the shock resignation of education spokeswoman Lisa Chambers.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Press Gazette has supported the Society of Editors’ Hands Off FoI campaign and launched a petition urging the Government against harming the act. It has so far been signed by more than 41,000 individuals.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 has made a massive difference to the public and press’ ability to shine a light on matters that are in the public interest.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Former deputy leader Lisa Chambers.

Open warfare has broken out at Suffolk County Council following the shock resignation of education spokeswoman Lisa Chambers.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Halifax Primary deputy head Anita Krishna, head teacher Anna Hennell James, Chair of Governors Roger Fern and  pupils celebrate their Good Ofsted rating.

More Suffolk schools have taken a step towards hitting an ambitious target set by education chiefs after receiving improved Ofsted reports.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Gislingham School - Julie Welham (head of school) with pupils.

Working together enables rural schools in Suffolk to ‘maximise resources’ – that is the view of a growing federation of Suffolk primaries.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Suffolk schools have been rated by Suffolk County Council. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

The number of Suffolk schools assessed as in a good position to help students’ learning has “significantly increased”, according to the county council.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Disadvantaged pupils are set to benefit from a new fund

Suffolk County Council is inviting bids from the county’s publicly funded schools for money to create projects that will boost the attainment of disadvantaged students.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
First Class of Henley Primary School in 2014. The school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted last year.

Education chiefs last night hailed the “fantastic” results which pushed Suffolk’s five-year-olds ahead of the national average for children being ‘school ready’.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Lisa Chambers education councillor at Suffolk County Council.

The leader behind Suffolk’s ambitious target to make all schools ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in less than 18 months has called on Ofsted to inspect schools more quickly.

Geoff Barton - Education Matters

Friday, November 20, 2015

Back in 1897, after a newspaper had accidentally published his obituary, the writer Mark Twain issued a correction. ‘The report of my death,’ he wrote, ‘was an exaggeration’.

School Sport

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Girls at a Suffolk school are celebrating after winning a hockey championship for the fourth year running.

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Michael Bartram, preparing to accept his gold medal

Michael Bartram and Joshua Hulse both scooped gold medals as Suffolk athletes enjoyed their best ever set of results, at the annual English Schools Track & Field Championships, held at Gateshead.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Suffolk School Sports Games at Bury Leisure Centre. Competitiors take part in the 75 metre race.

This year saw the fourth hosting of the annual Suffolk School summer sports festivals, delivered by Suffolk Sport and supported by the School Games Organiser network, providing excellent competition.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Hollie Clement of St Joesphs College, Ipswich who has just signed for Chelsea Ladies Football Academy

Blue is the colour for a young Ipswich footballer as she attempts to emulate England’s World Cup stars.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tom Gifford [Black Vest] on his way to a great win in his 800m

Colchester & Tendring claimed a terrific team victory, to maintain their push for promotion, at their latest Southern League Division Three meeting, held at Watford on Saturday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The field at the West area of the Suffolk Schools' event played at Haverhill.

Gregor Tait (Kesgrave High School and Ipswich GC), selected by England Schools to meet Scotland next month, equalled the Fynn Valley course record set by Nick Denny in the 2008 club championship.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Pupils at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Framlingham take part in their sports day representing the four nations of the UK.

Pupils, staff and relatives enjoy the day at the Framlingham school

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Rebecca Sherwin

Rebecca Sherwin is poised to take her first step on the international ladder and is excited at the prospect of representing her country in the pool.

Friday, May 15, 2015
11 year old Lucy Curtis has just played in a national table tennis finals. Lucy is pictured in Ipswich.

An 11-year-old table tennis player has targeted an England place after returning from the national finals

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Leiston and District Swimming Club relay teams

A swimming club sent 27 members to a county-wide championship – with more finalists than ever before.

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Matt Hunter

Education correspondent

Email | 01473 324802

Matt’s focus is on covering the best education stories in Suffolk and north Essex. He works with schools, colleges, universities to profile the best and brightest students. Matt scrutinises the latest exam results, Ofsted reports and holds national and local authorities to account.

He also writes the monthly education supplement which takes an in depth look at the key events.

If you have an education story, call Matt on 01473 324802 or send him an email

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