More than 100 people visit City Academy Norwich

Youngsters got the chance to showcase their work as more than 100 parents of prospective pupils took a sneak peek at a city school, which is constructing a new �21m building.

City Academy Norwich hosted an open day on Saturday morning, giving people the chance to find out more about the school and a chance to see the work going on.

The open day came just days after the former Earlham High School received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors.

Inspectors said the Earlham Road school was 'good with outstanding features' and recognised the huge improvements made since it became an academy two years ago.

Principal David Brunton, who took over the reigns three years ago when the school was on special measures, said: 'We've had over 100 visitors to the open morning and we are very pleased about that.

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'The feedback we have had from people has been brilliant. They have all been relatively local people and they have all been watching the building grow for the last few months.

'There's a real excitement about the new building and what it will offer to young people and the community.'

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As part of the open morning, about 20 children in Year 7, who started at the school just five weeks ago, showed visitors their work and gave them a tour around the school.

Parents got to hear how the youngsters had completely refurbished defunct computers, donated by City College Norwich, as part of an extra curricular activity and will be able to take those computers home for free next week.

Visitors also got the chance to find out more about the varied curriculum on offer at the school and the opportunities available for their children.

Dan Green, head of Year 7, said: 'It's really nice to see how the school has changed in the last three or four years and it really excites me about the next four years.'

In its former life as Earlham High School, the school was named and shamed as the fourth worst of 3,600 secondary schools in the country four years ago.

City Academy Norwich is now preparing to move into its new state-of-the-art building in time for the next school year.

The building, accessible from Bluebell Road, will feature some of the finest digital technology available nationally, a media suite, drama studio and a fitness suite. There will also be a wing dedicated to community access.

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