New high school in Great Yarmouth will have more pupils than expected

Executive principal Ian Burchett at the former Perenco site on Thamesfield Way, off Pasteur Road whi

Executive principal Ian Burchett at the former Perenco site on Thamesfield Way, off Pasteur Road which will be the site of new Trafalgar College in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Student numbers at Great Yarmouth's new high school will be higher than expected, it has been revealed.

The fomer Perenco site on Thamesfield Way, off Pasteur Road which will be the site of new Trafalgar

The fomer Perenco site on Thamesfield Way, off Pasteur Road which will be the site of new Trafalgar College in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Trafalgar College will open for the first time on Monday at Thamesfield Way in Southtown, becoming the first new high school to open in the town for 50 years.

The school, which is run by the Inspiration Trust, was expected to welcome about 80 year seven students through its doors but the college has now revealed that more than 90 pioneering pupils will make up its first year group.

Executive principal Ian Burchett said: 'As we've got closer to opening we have had more pupils and parents confirming their places at Trafalgar College, and we are delighted that we now have 94 students signed up.

'It is a brilliant vote of confidence in everything we are doing to bring a new approach to secondary education to Great Yarmouth.


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'We want to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge that employers in the town say they need, and that will help support our local economy to flourish.'

The new intake have already had chances to get to know each other, make friends, and learn about their new school at a series of transition days over the summer held at the Inspiration Trust's Stradbroke Primary Academy in Gorleston.

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At the most recent day, last Friday, subjects featured included music, languages, and science, with students getting hands on experience of building rockets to launch and test.

The college has also revealed that its house system will reflect the naval theme of its name, with each house linked to one of the ships of the fleet at Admiral Lord Nelson's most famous battle: Neptune, Sovereign, Conqueror and Britannia.

The school will initially open in a converted office building, while a brand new school is built next door on the seven-acre site.

Starting with this September's year seven, the school will grow by one year group at a time taking on additional pupils to reflect the growing local population.

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