Blog offers Mildenhall College ‘constructive criticism’

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Controversial comments made by a councillor on his blog have led Mildenhall College’s headteacher to accuse him of ‘picking’ on the school.

Suffolk County Councillor, Colin Noble, first spoke about the school’s GCSE results at a meeting of Mildenhall Parish Council, this morning he expanded on his comments in a blog entry.

In his blog he called on the school to publish the percentage of students who achieved five A*-C grades including maths and English.

The school has yet to do so as papers are still being remarked following the controversy surrounding the grading of English scripts.

In his blog Cllr Noble said: ‘So when will my residents be able to see Mildenhall College’s performance not just the figures they wish to release but the all important litmus test?’

Headteacher of Mildenhall College, Susan Byles, said: “I do not think it’s the right way for a councillor to go about talking about a school’s results.

“In 2012 like many schools across the country we were savagely hit by the changing of exam boundaries in English and that affects the percentage of 5 A*-C including maths and English.

“I do not think it’s fair to be picking on Mildenhall College.”

Cllr Noble, said: “It’s my place to hold all of our schools to account - I do not make personal attacks on any school I want to understand what’s going on.

“It’s meant to be constructive criticism. Praise where praise is due, concern where concern is due.”

Cllr Noble’s blog can be viewed at

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