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First glimpse of future of education in Great Yarmouth

Published on 14/12/16

Families have been given the first glimpse of the future of education in Great Yarmouth after the town's new high school unveiled plans for its permanent home.

Trafalgar College opened in September 2016, initially based in specially converted office buildings on Thamesfield Way in Southtown.

But now the school has released the first images of how it plans to make use of the full seven-acre site, with a £20m new school building and sports facilities.

The plans include state-of-the-art laboratories and top flight sports facilities including a football pitch and multi-use games area, as well as green space for wildlife and outdoor learning.

Principal Ian Burchett said the school was working with architects from the Department for Education to finalise the plans, and intends to apply for planning permission in spring 2017 with building work to follow in the summer.

"Our vision for Trafalgar College will make full use of our large seven-acre campus to provide everything our students and local community need for the 21st century," said Mr Burchett.

"All the way through setting up Trafalgar College we've been keen to hear from local families about what they want from their local school and our new building is no different. We're taking the time to talk to our students and families to make sure it delivers what they need.

"We’re building a high school that the whole of Great Yarmouth can be proud of."

The college opened in September with just Year 7 students, and will grow by one year group at a time as students move through the school.

"It has been a fantastic first term for us, with a great group of students who have worked so hard in the classroom as well as outside - from taking part in sports competitions with local schools to singing carols at the Hippodrome," said Mr Burchett.

"We have had a great response from families and from the feedback we've received it looks like Trafalgar will be even more popular this coming September than in our first year."