Education 2001

Education is now compulsory until the age of 16 and children are encouraged to stay on in further education whether they go to college or university. University is open to anyone from any background although even with government loans and grants it can be very expensive. 49% of girls and 41% of boys now attend university. Studies have shown that girls have now overtaken boys at every level of education in developed countries around the world. The success of girls is a complete reversal of what would have been expected a generation ago.

PrimarySchool –  Freeman’s Primary School
Freeman’s Primary School
International education figures, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2003, show a consistent picture of women achieving better results than men. The study shows that at the age of 15 girls are ahead of boys in literacy skills, the gap in literacy scores between girls and boys at this age in the UK is 26%.

Freeman’s Primary School 1987
Freeman’s Primary School 1987
Corporal punishment is now illegal in British schools although children can be excluded, given detentions and other disciplinary measures. Parents can also be prosecuted if their children do not attend school. There is a national curriculum that ensures all children are taught to the same standard, targets for all schools to meet, regular inspections and league tables to show parents or guardians how the school is performing. Children are tested much more today than at any other point in history and they sit more exams.

The village gained its own high school in 1979 which takes pupils from all the surrounding villages and even from the neighbouring town of Stowmarket.


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