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Great Yarmouth schools to come together

Published on 18/05/18

The Inspiration Trust's two Great Yarmouth high schools will join together from September, the Government has confirmed.

Trafalgar College, at Thamesfield Way, and Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, at Salisbury Road, will formally become a single school at the start of the new academic year.

All new pupils will start at Salisbury Road from then, but existing Trafalgar College students will initially remain at Thamesfield Way to allow the schools to gradually come together.

The proposals were first put forward by the Inspiration Trust in September 2017 and will see the merged school retaining the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy name and site.

Building work will take place to extend the school and refurbish current buildings, including new facilities to reflect Trafalgar's focus on science, engineering, technology and maths.

Looking to the future, courses beyond GCSE are expected to be offered at the combined school from 2021.

The Inspiration Trust formally submitted the proposals to the Department for Education in November, with the Government writing to the Trust to approve the changes this week.

Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "Bringing the schools together was a tough decision but we believe it offers the best opportunity to secure the broadest, highest quality curriculum for children in the town.

"Now the Government has confirmed our proposals we can get on with working with pupils, parents, and staff to make sure that all our young people can achieve their very best."

Overall staff numbers at the combined school will remain the same as now. Building work at Salisbury Road is expected to use existing school land subject to planning permission, with the work going out to tender next month.