Inspiration Trust reach agreement on Great Yarmouth High School lease following row

Great Yarmouth High School.Picture: James Bass

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

A row over the future of Great Yarmouth High School has come to an end, as the Inspiration Trust has reached an agreement with the site's owners over its lease.

The trust have come to terms on a deal following months of discussion with the Great Yarmouth Grammar School Foundation over the length of the lease.

However a statement released from the trust today is hoped to ease parents and pupils minds, and the school is now set to become an academy in early 2017.

The length of the lease in the agreement is proposed to be 22 years.

A spokesman from the trust said: 'Ofsted, the county and borough councils, and the regional school commissioner all agree that radical change is essential to give pupils at Great Yarmouth High the education they deserve.

'The agreement will give the Inspiration Trust the freedom to deliver this while respecting the Great Yarmouth Grammar School Foundation's interests as long-term trustees of the land.

'We can now accelerate our work with the headteacher, Louise Jackson, and the interim executive board to support the school in its much-needed transformation.'

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The Inspiration Trust were set to take over the school in September, but talks over the lease held the deal up.

The Trust wanted a 125 year lease on the school site, but the foundation was offering a rolling two year lease.

If talks had failed, the Inspiration Trust previously said it might have walked away from taking on the school.

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