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Norfolk: Ofsted to investigate schools tip-off claims

Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: PA

Claims that three schools in Norfolk were tipped off about inspections are to be investigated by Ofsted.

Ormiston Victory Academy, Great Yarmouth Primary Academy and Thetford Academy have all denied allegations that they received more than the regulation half day's notice of a forthcoming inspection.

Ofsted says a review of all three inspections will now be carried out, as well as a wider examination of how information about its schedules are handled.

"Ofsted’s reputation for inspecting without fear or favour is absolutely central to all that we do. I am determined to protect our integrity in this area.

In light of the serious nature of the concerns raised, I have asked Sir Robin Bosher, Ofsted’s Director, Quality and Training, to carry out a review of the circumstances of these specific inspections and the wider handling of the sharing of information about our inspection schedules.

If any evidence comes to light that proves anyone within Ofsted or our contractors has shared information inappropriately, I will have no hesitation in taking the strongest possible action.”

– Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools

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Finances - not grades - will decide whether students go to university

Thousands of teenagers across our region have picked up their A-level exam results today.

Overall the pass rate dropped for the first time in more than 30 years.

Here in the east the number of A* grades awarded increased very slightly - by 0.5% - as A grades fell by 0.4%.

But for many, it is not the grades but financial considerations which will decide whether or not they head to university.

Serena Sandhu reports from Essex.

Former Norfolk headteacher charged with further sexual assaults

A former Norfolk headteacher - who is set to stand trial later this year for a series of historical sexual offences - has been charged with 14 more assaults.

David William Tuohy, of White House Road, Oxford, is accused of 14 indecent assaults against four pupils at an independent school more than three decades ago.

All charges relate to boys aged under 16.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s at Eccles Hall School, now known as the New Eccles Hall School, at Quidenham near Attleborough.

Tuohy will next appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on 29 August 2014.

The 82-year-old was previously charged with four counts of sexual assault and four further serious sexual offences against a boy under the age of 13 in the mid-1970s.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges last month and is due to stand trial at the end of November.

Students at Peterborough academy talk about their A-level results and plans for the future

Students at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough get their A-level results. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Students at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough have today been collecting their A-levels results. They told ITV News Anglia how they got on and what their plans are for the future.

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