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Seachange for Great Yarmouth education starts today

Published on 05/09/16

Trafalgar College - Great Yarmouth's first new high school in 50 years - has opened today.

Parents and pupils began arriving at 8.30am for the first day of the new school, which will give local children high-quality education with a special emphasis on science, maths, technology and engineering skills.

More than 90 students have enrolled for the inaugural Year 7 cohort, with the school growing year by year.

Teaching will initially take place in a converted office building, while brand new school facilities are built next door on a seven-acre site at Thamesfield Way.

Principal Ian Burchett said: "This is a very exciting day for all of us: for the staff that have worked so hard planning for the school, for our new pupils who we have already been getting to know at transition days over the summer, and for our community of parents who have supported us throughout.

"Setting up a new school gives us the chance to do things differently and set the high standards that children in Great Yarmouth deserve.

"We know there is a lot of demand for what Trafalgar College will bring, both from families and from employers in the borough who need skilled staff to help the local economy flourish."