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Consultation prompts revised plans for Yarmouth schools

Published on 30/10/17

Revised proposals to merge two Great Yarmouth high schools have been announced today following a public consultation.

In September the Inspiration Trust proposed merging Trafalgar College and Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.

Under the plans the two secondary schools would come together on Charter's existing Salisbury Road site, which would be redeveloped with new buildings and facilities.

The educational charity also proposed opening a new sixth form in 2019, two years earlier than currently approved.

Following a four-week consultation, the trust has now revealed revised plans that would still see the schools merging but with the sixth form not starting until 2021.

It has also pledged to look at transport arrangements to help pupils living nearer to Trafalgar College's current home in the town's Thamesfield Way.

The plans would still see the schools formally joined from September 2018, with a staged transfer of pupils from Thamesfield Way to Salisbury Road leading to all pupils being taught at the merged location by September 2019.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "We have listened to the consultation and revised the proposals, and I would like to thank everyone that took part.

"These have been very difficult decisions but we have to face up to changing circumstances. Forecast pupil numbers have been substantially downgraded from when we first put forward the idea for Trafalgar and we have to reflect that in our plans. 

"Bringing the two schools together gives us the most secure way of offering the high quality education that we promised and that young people in Great Yarmouth deserve."