"I'm pleased to confirm that following representations I made to the Education Minister, Nick Gibb, that the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is being replaced in running both Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary School.
AET were trusted with Felixstowe Academy back in 2011 and unfortunately have just not delivered. In my view, AET responded far too late after the 2017 GCSE results and the Progress 8 scores in 2018 confirmed that Felixstowe children were not making the progress they should have done.
Under AET's leadership Felixstowe Academy was put into Special Measures. Ofsted concluded that outcomes for pupils were below the government's floor standards; that there was a culture of bullying; that too many pupils were persistently absent; and that the support provided by the AET was ineffective in helping the school to improve. Ofsted also judged Langer Primary as 'Inadequate'.
I'm delighted that the schools can now have a fresh start under new leadership for the benefit of pupils and I would like to thank the 2,599 people who signed the petition.
The Department for Education will be working to bring in new management for 2019."
Therese visited RSPB Havergate Island recently to see first-hand the natural flood management work underway to protect this unique habitat against the power of the sea.
Therese said: "In recent years, increasingly frequent tidal storm surges have taken their toll on the island's habitats and wildlife, damaging the seawall, flooding lagoons and washing away shingle banks. The solution though has been not to build up the seawalls, but to lower them in places to allow the sea to flow into the lagoons in a controlled way when storms cause unusually high tides."
Therese attended a meeting with representatives of Saxmundham Town Council last week to hear from Greater Anglia about the future of Saxmundham station. This follows the devastating fire which took place earlier this year.
Therese said: "The good news is that Greater Anglia intend to restore the station as a one-storey building with an indoor waiting room, which I'm sure will be welcomed by passengers and residents. At the same time Greater Anglia have also agreed to improve and resurface the car-park, which will help local traffic. Thank you to Greater Anglia for listening."
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