East Point Academy

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East Point Academy
Established 2011 (1938 as Kirkley Community High School)
Type Academy
Principal Kevin Blakey [1]
Location Kirkley Run
NR33 0UQ
England Coordinates: 52°28′06″N 1°43′42″E / 52.46824°N 1.72840°E / 52.46824; 1.72840
Local authority Suffolk
DfE URN 137134 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 640 [2]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16[3]
Website East Point Academy

East Point Academy is an academy located in the Kirkley district of Lowestoft, in the English county of Suffolk. It educates children from ages 11 to 16 and is currently in special measures.


Before September 2011, the school was known as Kirkley Community High School being administered by Suffolk County Council,[4][5][6] before converting to academy status as part of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).

When the school was converted to an Academy (in September 2011), the age of pupils it educated changed from 13-18 year olds to 11-16 year old's as part of the reorganisation of schools in Lowestoft by Suffolk County Council. Although at the time of this age range change the Academy was no longer administered by Suffolk County Council, it still followed the example set by the council for the other secondary schools in Lowestoft. Pupils in school years 7 and 8 joined the school after the closure of eight middle schools in Lowestoft. The opening of Lowestoft Sixth Form College also meant that the school lost its role in the Lowestoft 6th consortium, which had operated as a shared sixth form between the high schools in the town.

The Academy was placed on special measures by Ofsted in April 2013 after inspectors found that the quality of teaching and leadership at the school was inadequate.[7] Inspectors also criticised the lack of progress which children at the school made and the behaviour of "a minority of students".[7] Previously, as Kirkley Community High School, it was placed in special measures in March 2009, a state which continued until the school became an Academy, at which point it automatically moved out of the special measures category.[2]

As of April 2014, Liz Redpath was replaced as Principal by Neil Powell who aims to make the academy an "outstanding" Academy and is leading the Academy out of special measures with the aim of achieving 'outstanding learning, in every lesson, every day'. Following the most recent monitoring report on the Academy, inspectors said: “The Academy is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.” [1]

Takeover bid, July 2014[edit]

In July 2014, it was announced that the academy faces a takeover, partly due to the academy making insufficient progress towards moving out of special measures.

A spokesman for the Department for Education (DfE) said: “We have consistently demonstrated that where we find failure we will not hesitate to take action – regardless of the type of school. We are now working closely with AET and the school to ensure pupils’ education is not disrupted.” A monitoring inspection in May 2014 pointed to a “steady improvement” in students’ attainment and progress, saying East Point was making “reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures”.

The Norfolk-based Inspiration Trust is in talks with the Academies Enterprise Trust who currently administers the academy. Dame Rachel de Souza, the Chief Executive of Inspiration Trust said it was approached by the DfE about adding the academy to its growing portfolio. De Souza believes that her trust is in a better geographic position compared to the AET (the next nearest AET academy to East Point Academy is in Felixstowe) and being geographically closer to other academies run by Inspiration Trust will allow for better cohesion “There’s a geographic logic to the change. [East Point Academy is] 10 miles from Great Yarmouth, where we have the primary academy. I think that’s what can make the difference.”[8]

In September, the headteacher and other senior members of staff threatened to quit the Academy if the proposed takeover did materialise. This is mainly due to the disruption it would cause to the ongoing progress towards moving the academy out of special measures.[9]

Gene Simmons' Rock School[edit]

In Autumn 2005, the second series of Channel 4's "Gene Simmons' Rock School" was filmed at the Academy (when it was Kirkley Community High School). Auditions were held, and after much deliberation, 11 students were picked and were subsequently taught the basics of rock music by KISS bassist Gene Simmons. Simmons' eventually selected five of the students to perform as a rock group. The show culminated with the group opening for Judas Priest and Anthrax in front of 2,300 fans in LA.[10] The lead singer of the band, Lil' Chris, was signed to RCA records.[11]

Notable Alumni[edit]

as Kirkley Community High School




  • April 2014- Neil Powell


  1. ^ a b Lowestoft academy will become an outstanding school in next few years, vow principal - News - Lowestoft Journal
  2. ^ a b Kirkley Community High School, Inspection Report, Ofsted, 12 July 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ East Point Academy profile, Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  4. ^ Kirkley High’s academy switch delights headteacher, Lowestoft Journal, 4 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  5. ^ New academy in Lowestoft ‘will inspire’, Lowestoft Journal, 11 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  6. ^ Green light for Lowestoft academy, Lowestoft Journal, 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  7. ^ a b Lowestoft school academy placed on special measures, Eastern Daily Press, 26 April 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Warned Lowestoft academy set for takeover". 
  9. ^ "Lowestoft academy Headteacher:"I will quit over school trust row"". 
  10. ^ channel4.com - Rock School
  11. ^ RCA Label Group (UK) | Lil' Chris
  12. ^ Gods to return to the Waterfront, Lowestoft Journal, 20 June 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3482200025.html

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