New name and badge for Great Yarmouth High School when it becomes an academy with Inspiration Trust in August
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A school in Great Yarmouth is to become an academy in August - and will receive a new name and badge as part of the package.
Great Yarmouth High School will be known as Great Yarmouth Charter Academy from August, when it will join the Inspiration Trust chain of schools.
The name has been chosen to reflect the history of the school and borough, referencing the town's many royal charters, the first of which was granted in 1208.
Major works are planned for the site - which is owned by the Great Yarmouth Grammar School Foundation - while Louise Jackson, who joined as headteacher last September, will continue as principal of the academy.
It will also have a new school badge, featuring a lion and a silver herring, reflecting the town's royal and fishing history.
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Dame Rachel de Souza, Inspiration Trust chief executive, said: 'I am delighted that the high school will be joining the trust family, and that we have the full support of the foundation and the Regional Schools Commissioner in reinvigorating the crucial service that it gives to families in the borough. We shall be announcing a series of developments as soon as details are fully agreed.
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'Our trust started in Great Yarmouth and we are committed to ensuring the best education for local children.'
The foundation will continue to be closely involved in the running of the school, which was put into special measures last May.
Its chairman Michael Boon said it was an 'important new chapter' in the school's long history, and the foundation, which offers funding to the school and others in the area, was pleased to work with the trust to secure a future which 'reflects and respects that heritage'.
Last year, negotiations between the foundation and trust over the length of the lease for the land stalled, and were later solved in November.
The trust already runs 13 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk, including four in Great Yarmouth.
Great Yarmouth Grammar School was founded in 1551, set up in St Mary's Hospital in the town's market place.
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