December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
A south Norfolk high school which is preparing to launch as an academy has outlined a number of changes it plans to make.
Hethersett High School will become Hethersett Academy on November 1 under the Inspiration Trust, and plans for new branding, signage and a new uniform are all under way.
The proposed new school uniform includes a black blazer, tie, a black knee-length skirt for girls and black trousers for boys, and a white shirt.
Girls can also wear black trousers and all pupils will have to wear shoes instead of trainers.
Consultant headteacher, John Catton, said: “I am very excited about it.
“We have been consulting with the student body and the student council and they love the new logo and the smartness of the new uniform.
“My view is that a uniform is really important in a school. It is all about the attitude of the wearer and whether or not they sign up to the aspirations of the school.”
The trust would provide a blazer and tie for each student on roll from November 1. Girls will also be provided with a new skirt.
The school has no plans to change the gym kit at the moment.
Mr Catton joined the school in June when headteacher Kerry Jordan was signed off sick. He will lead the school through the transition process.
“I am really enjoying my time at the school and I have never worked with such great young people in my life,” Mr Catton added. “There is an intense focus on student achievement which we have already started working on.
“We are on schedule to become an academy on November 1 and we are planning a launch event.”
He said there were no plans to make any immediate major changes around the school and that the major focus was on the re-branding and the colour would change from blue to red.