Disappointment as Thetford Academy principal sticks to objections over skate park

PUBLISHED: 08:10 12 May 2014

Adrian Ball has been appointed as executive principal at Thetford Academy

Adrian Ball has been appointed as executive principal at Thetford Academy


Plans for a long-awaited skate park in Thetford have been dealt another blow after the principal of the town’s largest school said he is sticking to his objections - despite concessions from the scheme’s applicants.

Adrian Ball, principal of Thetford Academy, has said he will not back plans for a facility to be built just yards from his school, on Joe Blunt’s Lane, as Thetford Town Council awaits a decision on its application to Breckland Council.

Corinne Fulford, chairman of the amenities committee for the town council, had previously told Breckland’s planning committee that she would aim to address Mr Ball’s concerns, after he raised objections in January over security and the park’s management.

After working on amendments to the project, Ms Fulford and town clerk, Maurice Howard, spoke to Mr Ball at a recent meeting at the academy in the hope of persuading him to back the scheme.

But Mr Ball said he would not be backing down.

“It was a productive meeting and some of the concerns I had about supervision and people passing through our car park have been resolved.

“When the new plans go in, I’ll acknowledge the work that has gone in and that it’s gone some way to alleviating our concerns.

“But I just don’t think it’s the most suitable place for the park with it being by the school,” he said.

Ms Fulford told Thetford Town Council’s annual meeting that she had been”disappointed” by Mr Ball’s stance.

“It is perhaps disappointing to note that he will still be objecting to the site based purely on the proximity to the academy, even though many of the users will of course attend the academy.

“We have a very high population of young people in the town, many of their parents were asking the town to deliver a skate park when they were teenagers themselves,” she said.

The new plans will go back before Breckland on June 9.

What do you think of Mr Ball’s objections? Let us know by writing to Andrew Fitchett at


  • Mr Ball and the Inspiration Trust have done NOTHING to turn the Academy around. It's all a veneer and fiddling with figures, the results will be up of course but don't believe everything you see. There are ways of massaging the data and the Inspiration Trust are very good at it. They are only out to make themselves look good and not to improve the education and social development of the children. The parents of Thetford are having the wool pulled over their eyes, just as the Ofsted inspectors have had. His intransigence over the skate park comes as no surprise.

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    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • If it was an Inspiration Trust sponsored skate park I am sure it would go through in a flash. Of course, like the rest of IT the foundations would be very wobbly, but as long as it looks good who cares?

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    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Mr Ball has worked extremely hard to turn this academy around and I think he is correct. It would be quite a large attraction to some pupils and it may well take there minds off attending school and doing well. Perhaps the Town Council should wait until these new houses are being built and then incorporate it in the development.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Overblown opinion of self-worth. We cant allow youngsters to have fun. First they will be walking through his car park - next its heroin and free sex!

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    Monday, May 12, 2014

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