Dereham Neatherd High School Twitter Assignment

School Summary

Age Range



Avg. Class Size


Nat. Average 20.3

Free School Meals


Nat. Average 13.4%

Attainment 8 score


Nat. Average 49.7

Avg GCSE Grade


Nat. Average C

With a higher than average 1224, Dereham Neatherd High School has a large number of pupils in the UK. The school is a mixed school, having 50.3% girls and 49.7% boys. Absence by school pupils must be justified by illness or advance consent from the school. They have a 95% rate of pupils regularly attending, which is around average. With 69 members of staff, Dereham Neatherd High School is well staffed, with an ample number of teachers. A 18:1 teacher/pupil ratio for This School may make it difficult for the teacher to give attention to individual pupils` concerns.

Most pupils enter KS4 at aged 14 and complete the two year course by age 16.

A Level is not a compulsory part of a child`s educational progress but often employers seek some evidence of this upon hiring staff. A result of 29.10 (average A Level score), which is average for the UK. With a teacher`s salary of £38890, wages at this school are significantly above the normal countrywide teacher`s income. An average proportion of 94.4% of pupils attending Dereham Neatherd High School speak English as a 1st language.


School TypeCommunity School
School AddressNorwich Road
NR20 3AX
Phone 01362 697981
Local Authority Norfolk
Age Range11 - 18
Total Pupils1224
School GenderMixed
Boy | Girl %49.7% | 50.3%

Two pupils were arrested after one was found carrying a knife and the other threatened to take a gun to school.

The two incidents happened at Neatherd High School in Dereham, Norfolk, on 13 and 23 November.

One of the boys was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article, and the other over threats to kill. They have both been released under investigation, said police.

The school has been praised by parents for its "swift" response.

As first reported in the Eastern Daily Press, Neatherd High School's head teacher Peter Devonish sent a letter to parents assuring them their children were "safe".

In the letter, he said the first child was apprehended after a "brave witness" saw him carrying the kitchen knife.

He said the boy, who claimed he had it "for protection", was "no longer at Neatherd". He said no children were harmed.

In the second incident, he said the school was alerted by a parent that a teenager said on social media they would take a gun on to the school site.

He was arrested and searched by the police, but no weapon was found.

Mr Devonish said the boy was "not at the site".

The school's response to the incidents was praised on its Facebook site.

One parent said: "I'd just like say a huge well done on the way the school has responded and the actions they'd taken against the child who was caught with a knife and also the swift action against the child involved in the gun threat."

Another said: "Thank goodness the school and children are on the ball - well done to all concerned."

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