Dispute delays plans for Inspiration Trust to sponsor Great Yarmouth High School as an academy

Great Yarmouth High School.Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth High School.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Plans for Great Yarmouth High School to become an academy have been delayed because of a dispute between the owner of its land and the trust that is due to sponsor it.

The school was expected to join the Inspiration Trust in September, but Inspiration said it is unhappy with conditions the Great Yarmouth Grammar School Foundation, which controls the site, wants to put in place.

James Goffin, head of communications for the Inspiration Trust, said: 'These include giving the Foundation influence over the running of all Inspiration Trust schools - not just Great Yarmouth High - something, understandably, we cannot agree to.'

He said the trust is working with the interim executive board (IEB), which replaced the school's governors, and the regional schools commissioner, who oversees academies, to see how it can work with the school 'straight away', and is still in talks with the Foundation.

John Catton, chairman of the IEB, said principal designate Louise Jackson would still take up her post in September as planned, when the Inspiration Trust would also take an increasing role in the school.

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He added that it was possible the school may now become an academy on November 1.

This paper was unable to contact the registered contact for the Great Yarmouth Grammar School Foundation.

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