New free school approved at former Norwich fire station

Final day at Bethel Street Fire Station and the end of an era for the city centre station as the fir

Final day at Bethel Street Fire Station and the end of an era for the city centre station as the fire engines, equipment and staff move to the new £4.5m pound station Carrow. Green watch on their final shift at Bethel Street.Photo : Steve Adams

A new free school for sixth-formers in the heart of Norwich was given the go-ahead by Norwich City councillors today.

The Sir Isaac Newton Free School sixth form, which will specialise in science and maths A-levels, is due to open in September at the former Bethel Street fire station in Norwich.

Having first been approved by the department for education last year, the school had its funding agreement signed off by ministers earlier in the year, which allowed it to recruit staff.

But the school also needed to secure permission from Norwich City Council to change the use of the former fire station and to make some alterations to the Grade II listed building.

Members of the city council's planning committee approved the plans at City Hall.


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