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Minister defends free school programme

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Skills Minister is defending the free school programme in light of IES Breckland being branded inadequate.

Ofsted’s report will say teaching at the school in Brandon is inadequate but Mr Hancock says the school is already taking action.

He’s also defended the free school programme saying overall results are better than in maintained schools.

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Excellent flagship school rated inadequate by Ofsted

A flagship free school in Suffolk has been branded inadequate by the education watchdog, Ofsted and put into special measures.

ITV News Anglia has learned that IES Breckland, the high school at Brandon, was praised just a few months ago by the Department for Education.

But an inspection by Ofsted in January which will be published later this week takes a very different view. It says the teaching was inadequate, students were not making progress and some lessons were disrupted by bad behaviour.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Education Correspondent Elodie Harper


UK's first for profit school 'inadequate'

Britain's first for profit school has been placed in special measures by Ofsted.

I has been judged inadequate. The Suffolk school was inspected in January.

A report which is due to be published on Thursday by OFSTED will say the IES Breckland in Brandon school is inadequate. The Suffolk Free School has been open for 15 months and replaced Breckland Middle School.

The headteacher says the school is already taking action to improve. If you are a parent we'd like to hear from you, email us at or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

Police investigate unexplained death

A 73-year-old man found dead at a house in Suffolk on Wednesday had been involved in an affray five days earlier. The body of Peter Shea was discovered at Manor House Close, Brandon.

Police investigating the death are looking into the circumstances surrounding a fight** in the Market Square on Friday 27 September, when Mr Shea suffered a fractured shoulder.

Calls for manned crossing

Two MPs have called on Network Rail to re-introduce a manned crossing at Brandon Station near Thetford.

It follows complaints from motorists about lengthy delays.

Drivers say the barriers at the crossing are down for too long after new equipment was installed a year ago.

Local MPs Elizabeth Truss and Matthew Hancock say putting a man back on the crossing will save huge amounts of time and money.


Suffolk Police hunt for missing man

Police are hunting for Christopher Knox who's gone missing from Brandon, Suffolk Credit: Suffolk Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 24-year-old man from Brandon.

Christopher Knox hasn't been seen since Monday 1 July in the Hardwick Lane area of Bury St Edmunds.

He is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with a pale complexion, dark brown hair, clean shaven and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, a red tracksuit top and white trainers.

Network Rail working on Suffolk level crossing

The level crossing at Brandon, Suffolk

Network Rail says it is working to fix problems with the newly automated level crossing at Brandon in Suffolk which is causing severe congestion.

The company has written to local MPs Matthew Hancock and Elizabeth Truss, and says it will also pay for a replacement bridge across the railway as part of a future relief road for the town.

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Rail crossing concerns in Brandon

A level crossing on the Norfolk and Suffolk border which uses new technology to open and close its barriers rather than a signal-man, is causing controversy among drivers.

Drivers in Brandon say the barriers are sometimes stuck down for hours, causing long delays.

A public meeting is being held with Network Rail and local Conservative MP's Matthew Hancock, West Suffolk and Elizabeth Truss, South West Norfolk.

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