Hewett School sign and entrance on Hall Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

The academy chain named as the preferred sponsor of a city high school has hit back at claims some of its land could be sold off.

Cromer Academy headteacher Penny Bignell will join Sewell Park College in April. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The appointment of a headteacher from north Norfolk will be a “significant step” in the recovery of Sewell Park College, the chairman of its interim governors has said.

14 schools in our region will receive money from the Condition Improvement Fund

Two city schools will be able to start their merger after receiving a £500,000 government grant.

Mundesley Junior School is one of three schools seeking to join forces in a federation. Staff and pupils are seen celebrating it being given a PE and Sport Quality Mark award.  

The governors of three village schools which aim to become a new federation have a launched a consultation on the issue.

Future Voices. Young carer Danielle

My name is Danielle and I am a young carer. I care for four members of my family; my mum, dad, sister and brother.

Future Voices. Healthwatch poster

Healthwatch uses many different ways to explain to people what they do and how they help people improve Norfolk’s health and social care services.

Future Voices: What are your thoughts about PE?  Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Why is PE such a ‘Marmite subject’ for school children? Why, for some, is it the highlight of the week, yet others dread the cold windy playing field, or the long wait to be picked?

Future Voices, Hospital for teens. James Paget hospital

I will always remember the day I had to go to A&E. When my mum and I signed in, we were told that we could wait in the children’s waiting area, rather than the bustling main waiting room.

Future Voices: Big Debate poster

General Election voting turnouts amongst young adults are rapidly declining. There can be numerous arguments made as to why this is the case, however speaking as a young person, I cannot help but argue the main reason for this decline is the lack of direct interaction between the politicians and young people; how can they expect us to vote for them if they don’t acknowledge our opinion, right?
To this end, I was excited to hear about ‘The BIG Election Debate’, an opportunity for local people aged 16-23 to speak up and get their voices heard by those that make the decisions affecting them the most. Representatives from five major political parties will be in attendance, allowing for a wide spectrum of viewpoints to be showcased on important issues such as health and social care, local environmental issues... anything really.

Protest march through Norwich against Hewett School becoming an academy.

Parents and council bosses have reacted angrily after the Government defied local opposition by forging ahead with plans which could see a £60m Norwich school site handed over to a controversial academy chain.

Going . . . The former Hilbre School at Sheringham, which has been demolished to make way for new housing. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

A slice of Sheringham’s past was consigned to the history books this week when a former school for youngsters with learning difficulties was demolished to make way for new housing.

Schools minister Nick Gibb. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The decision to make Hewett School in Norwich an academy is the “beginning of its renaissance”, according to the Government.

Sheringham Primary School pupils lie in the road to model for a poster campaign against illegal parking at the school in 2012. PC Ian Smith and civil enforcement officer, Colin Minns model with the pupils. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A solution to solve parking concerns at Norfolk’s biggest primary school needs to be found, according to a senior teacher.

Leigh Smith, who is campaigning for defibrillators to be put into schools. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Prime Minister has backed a Norwich mum’s campaign to install defibrillators in every school, saying there is “nothing more heart-breaking than losing a child.”

The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt

A town will see a potential £1.2m redevelopment to its sports centre after a school’s successful funding bid.

The Hewett School. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Government this morning defied a high-profile local campaign and gave the order for The Hewett School in Norwich to become an academy.

Leigh Smith, who is campaigning for defibrillators to be put into schools. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Golden Triangle school has been given a defibrillator thanks to the efforts of a mum whose baby died from a rare heart condition.

Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School celebrate having been judged 'outstanding' in all categories in its first inspection since it became an academy. It was previously judged 'good'.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A Norfolk headteacher has praised his “brilliant team” after their infant and nursery school achieved outstanding ratings across the board in its latest inspection.

Teacher Clare O'Toole.

When, by chance, I contacted a teaching agency to ask about the necessary qualifications for supply teaching, I was stunned to hear I could be let loose in a classroom within a couple of weeks, once I’d obtained disclosure clearance.

PARENTAL PERMISSION OBTAINED. File photo dated 08/03/07 of a meal being served to a primary school pupil in Cambridgeshire, as more than 350,000 children could lose their free school meals under the Government's planned welfare reforms, a charity has warned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Thursday April 19, 2012. An analysis by the Children's Society found more than 1.2 million youngsters living in poverty are currently missing out on the dinners which are linked to low-income benefits. See PA story EDUCATION Meals. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

What springs to mind when you hear the words ‘school meals’? Turkey twizzlers? Dinner ladies with hair nets? Or the classic rice pudding with a dollop of jam in the centre? Whatever it is we have all experienced it in one way or another. But things are beginning to change. The government has implemented a new scheme known as ‘The Standards for School Lunches’. The national food standards are in place to ensure meals provided to pupils are nutritious and of a good quality.

Art class at South Creake Village Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

Budding artists are learning the joy of painting at a new evening class.


A total of 1.6 million people are affected by eating disorders

A woman, named only as Rebecca, poses for the media as the Metropolitan Police's anti-shooting unit, Trident, displays confiscated firearms as it launches its ninth annual advertising campaign. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Wednesday September 30, 2009. A campaign urging young women not to stash guns for gangsters was launched today to help combat the number of shootings. Black teenagers in London aged between 15 and 19 years are being targeted under the initiative, which follows a recent rise in the numbers of young women being arrested and convicted for possessing weapons. See PA story POLICE Guns. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It is increasingly important to talk about mental health issues - not just by professionals, but also be people in government.

File photo dated 29/01/09 of a person drinking a bottle of beer, as young people in the UK are more likely to have been drunk by the age of 13 than those in almost any other country, according to a study. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 19, 2012. Those aged 15 to 16 are more likely to have been drunk at least once in the last month than their counterparts almost anywhere else, while young people agree that 'drinking to get drunk' is the defining feature of their relationship with alcohol, the survey for the charity Alcohol Concern found. See PA story CONSUMER Alcohol. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

Don’t turn round!“Don’t do that!” “Don’t open that!”

Future Voices. Healthwatch.

First of all, you may be asking yourself what Healthwatch is, or how it’s relevant to young people, or perhaps just how 
you the individual can get involved.

Arden Infants School pupils taking part in the English Touring Opera production of La Boheme at Norwich Theatre Royal. Pictured with staff director Dafydd Hall Williams in rehearsal.

Twelve young voices are sharing the stage with a professional opera company as they star in a production of Puccini’s La bohème this week.

Various theories have been developed to solve the problem, including the butterfly effect. Picture: James Bass

For six decades, it has puzzled and perplexed some of the planet’s finest mathematical minds.

A Hethersett Academy teacher has been charged with possession of indecent images of children.

Mystery ice at Coltishall Primary School. UEA environmental scientist Prof. Julian Andrews and PCSO Helen Emerson with pupil Ben Clark, 11.

Youngsters put their detective skills to the test after a mysterious block of ice appeared at a village school.

Emergency services were called to the University of East Anglia. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary.

A University of East Anglia student who fell asleep in the shower and flooded his flat after a night on the tiles sparked an emergency services alert.

Norwich Diocese Academy Trust. Left, chairman Fred Corbett and senior officer Paul Dunning.

The rapid growth of a Church of England chain of academy schools has been signalled by its decision to create two new posts of regional principals covering Norfolk.

Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Schools will be judged on how well they help pupils who are in care, as a senior Ofsted director highlighted how far they lag behind their peers in Norfolk schools.

Robin Vincent from Swanton Abbott who is East Anglia's coolest technie. Picture: Daisy Group

A competition which aims to encourage more young people to take an interest in technology has named East Anglia’s “coolest techie”.

Hewett School sign and entrance on Hall Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Campaigners fighting plans for the Hewett School in Norwich to become an academy have submitted a petition signed by more than 2,000 people to the Department for Education. The online and paper petition was active for nine days.

Pupils of Manor Road Infants and Junior school with 1400 of the 10,000 pom poms they've knitted to raise money for repairs following a vandal attack last year, pictured from left Joseph Starling, Pixie Fagan-Leeves, Georgina Blake and Archie Lynch. 


Families will be able to hunt for colourful pom-pom characters this Easter to raise money for a school damaged by vandals.

Sewell Park College. Picture: Denise Bradley

The interim governors of a city high school have launched a formal consultation about its proposed academy conversion, days after saying they would not because people could not “reasonably expect” it to have an impact on the outcome.

About 35 people went to a National Union of Teachers meeting on the future of small schools in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council has denied claims from parents that it is bullying a village primary into closing.

Toby Armiger of Aylsham who's been volunteering in Zambia for 3 months with the government-funded International Citizen Service. 


A man whose life was changed after he spent seven weeks volunteering in Africa has urged other young people in Norfolk to sign up for the UK government-funded scheme.

Kerrie Coslett with her daughter Olivia (9) at the Curiousity Cafe held at Fakenham Junior School. Picture: Ian Burt

A curiousity cafe is bringing parents and teachers together to help children learn at school.

Hewett School sign and entrance on Hall Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Plans for a High Court challenge to the planned academisation of a city high school have been put on hold.

Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey. Pic: submitted.

The chief constable of Norfolk has said it is everyone’s responsibility to tackle the threat of child sexual exploitation.

Hewett School sign and entrance on Hall Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk County Council has postponed a decision about whether to launch a High Court challenge against government plans to turn the Hewett School into an academy.

The community meeting at the Christ Church Centre to discuss the future of Sewell Park College. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Ministers have signed an order for Sewell Park College, in Norwich, to become an academy.

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, in a red scarf, at Saturday's protest march through Norwich against Hewett School becoming an academy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It is a tale of two city high schools: the Hewett School, and Sewell Park College.

Sidestrand Hall School which has been awarded Good by Ofsted, pictured is Headteacher Sarah Macro.


The headteacher of a north Norfolk school for students with complex needs said she was delighted with its “good” rating in a report.

The community meeting at the Christ Church Centre to discuss the future of Sewell Park College. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Parents concerned about plans to convert a city high school into an academy have formed a campaign group following a public meeting this evening.

Hundreds of people marched on Saturday against plans for the Hewett to become an academy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A decision whether to launch a legal challenge to government plans to turn the Hewett School into an academy could be taken in secret, it has emerged.

Headteachers hope their new teacher recruitment strategy will boost education in Norfolk. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Headteachers have joined forces to re-brand Norfolk and promote it to graduates across the UK and Ireland in an effort to tackle a recruitment crisis they believe is hampering efforts to improve schools.

Sewell Park College. Picture: Denise Bradley

A community meeting has been called for tomorrow to discuss plans for Sewell Park College to become an academy.

Protest march through Norwich against Hewett School becoming an academy.

Hundreds of protesters marched in Norwich yesterday against plans to turn the Hewett School into an academy.

Sam Griffin will leave Hobart High at the end of the summer term

A popular headteacher at a high school in Loddon is leaving to take up a new challenge.

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, in a red scarf, at Saturday's protest march through Norwich against Hewett School becoming an academy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Hundreds of protesters have marched through Norwich city centre to show their opposition to a prominent high school becoming an academy.

Brian Conway, headteacher of Notre Dame High School in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Parents are being asked their views on retaining the long summer holiday and one-week half terms.

City of Norwich School pupils getting involved in Pi Day by holding a hundred digits in celebration of the mathematical constant pi. Photo: Steve Adams

Happy Pi Day! Today is a once-in-a-century chance to hold a unique celebration of every school child’s favourite mathematical ratio: pi.

Plans to keep the long summer holiday will give families more time at the beach.  Picture: James Bass

The length of the school summer holiday has long been an issue of debate and controversy.

Hewett School sign and entrance on Hall Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Campaigners fighting plans to turn a troubled Norwich high school into an academy have been given a glimmer of hope after the government appeared to say a final deal could not be completed before the election.

Three pupils at King's Lynn Academy have been chosen to receive one to one mentoring by Olympic Athlete Joanne Jackson - from left, Diana Spasska, Deanna Lunness and Alana Brearley. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Three students at King’s Lynn Academy have been chosen to receive one-to-one mentoring over eight months by Olympic swimmer, Joanne Jackson, as part of a nationwide programme that brings together young people and athlete mentors.

North Walsham Photographic Group winner Bob Whitbread’s ‘Full Throttle

A speedboat carving a wake through the water and a tranquil leafy graveyard were among the award-winning images at a north Norfolk photographic club.

Julia Meadows visited Mileham Primary School. Picture: Ian Burt

Pupils researching the life of a former headteacher who died during the First World War have been given the chance to share their findings with one of his descendents.

Aylsham High School Sound of Music - the von Trapp family

The hall is alive with the Sound of Music at Aylsham High School as students put the finishing touches to their version of the blockbuster musical.

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