The Hewett Academy has an enviable range of sports facilities. These are put to full use by our students, as well as being shared with other local schools and community groups.
We see sport as a fantastic way for pupils to grow: learning social skills, teamwork, and the need to play hard but also play fair.
Our facilities include:
- A 25-metre swimming pool
- Sixteen tennis courts
- Four football pitches
- Two cricket pitches
- Two sports gyms
These facilities are available for hire by community groups when not in use by the school.
Through our extensive extra-curricular programme we offer weekly netball, table tennis, football, and hockey clubs as well as delivering a full programme of sports in PE lessons.
We offer PE as a GCSE option, and our sixth form focuses on our popular two-year BTEC Sport & Exercise Science course, which offers students a qualification worth three A Levels and covers a diverse range of subjects including biology and psychology, as well as practical sport.
We are also proud to host the Goals Soccer Centre and Norwich Hockey Consortium on the school site.
Our rowing academy launched in October 2015. Our aim is provide access to this elite sport to any pupil who is interested in taking part in this challenging sport. Ultimately we aim to rival the best rowing schools in the country, replicating their model of excellence in the state sector. We aim to replicate the success of other state schools such as Mossbourne Community Academy who impressed the rowing community with their success at the British rowing championships in October 2014.
The Hewett Academy’s ethos of respect, aspiration, and dedication makes it an ideal home for an elite rowing programme which espouses exactly the same virtues. We aim to create local heroes that have the ambition and strength of character to succeed at the top level.
We have clearly defined principles and goals embedded in the programme:
- The achievement of excellence;
- The creation of an elite rowing programme to rival the best schools in the country;
- To be an inspiration to local students;
- To establish rowing as a recognised sport for youngsters in the local community;
- To identify and prepare rowers who will in time be capable of international competition.
Watch and hear students and staff tell BBC Look East about the rowing academy:
Our PE staff work with local partners from Whitlingham Boathouses to create both a land-based fitness programme in school and provide access to water-based rowing in line with the MRA rowing programme. It is demanding and rigorous, in the same way as the Academy’s academic programme. We believe in creating a healthy balance so that each commitment enhances the other.
At first the rowing programme will be open to a small number of pupils in Years 9 and 10, but we hope that the programme will grow in coming years. The emphasis is on teaching the athletes how to train, and preparing them mentally and physically for a more challenging programme in the sixth form, when we hope our rowers will be able to compete at a national level.
The cost of the rowing courses, equipment, registration, and race entry costs will be covered by a donation to the school from the Norwich Central Foundation Trust.