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An academy school that introduced controversial new rules including ordering pupils to be asleep by 9.30pm each night appears to have relaxed some of its behaviour policies.

Around a third of pupils at Great Yarmouth High School left without a pass in English and maths in 2017, and it was the worst-performing school in Norfolk.

It has been taken over by Inspiration Trust, re-named Charter Academy and new headmaster Barry Smith introduced strict new rules in a bid to turn its fortunes around.

Some of the rules were revealed in a leaked document, but in a behaviour guide published on the school's website on Tuesday it appeared the academy had back-tracked on some policies.

The leaked document said: "On a school night you need to be asleep for 9.30pm at the latest ...You set your alarm for 6.30am."

In the behaviour guide, this is changed to: "As a guide you should be asleep for 9.30pm at the latest."

A passage about sick buckets, which was in the leaked document, has been removed.

It had said: "You never pretend to be ill to get out of work because we expect you to work through it. "If you feel sick we will give you a bucket. If you vomit - no problem! "You've got your bucket. That's probably all your body wanted - to vomit. "If you are really ill we will make sure you get all the attention you need."

A policy warning that mobile phones will be confiscated if seen or heard anywhere on the school site remains, but the length of the confiscation is stated as "up to six weeks" and there is no mention of a period of "almost four months" over the summer holidays until the October half term, as mentioned in the leaked document.

Headmaster Mr Smith wrote that there had been "a great deal of rumour and speculation on social media" about the new rules and invited parents to meet him on Thursday.

In a note to parents, he continued: "We ask that pupils are polite and pay attention in class.

"They call teachers Sir or Miss. They always say please and thank you. They do as they are told - first time every time. These are simple requests, and should not give you or your children any cause for concern.

"We take a strict approach on behaviour so that we do not allow the bad behaviour of a few pupils to disrupt their classmates, and so we can focus on the most important thing: your children's education."

Mr Smith is co-founder of the strict Michaela Community School in Brent, London.