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Major facelift for Cromer's high school

Published on 14/07/15

Pupils will return to a new-look Cromer Academy in September thanks to a half million pound facelift.

Work has already begun to improve the school's reception and will continue over the summer to improve the learning environment throughout the school.

The substantial work includes replacing large sections of the roof, which has developed a number of leaks in recent years.

Corridors and classrooms will also be redecorated to make the school brighter and more enjoyable for pupils.

A new gym is also being created, with brand new equipment including rowing machines, a cross trainer, treadmill, and exercise bikes.

The healthy approach continues with a new spiritual retreat garden called the Sanctuary, which will include a vegetable where students will grow fresh produce for catering students to use in their courses.

Many of the improvements are based on feedback from students, including a new school council chamber for pupils to use in September.

Nicole Bullock and Bailey Massingham have already been chosen as head girl and head boy respectively, with a full student council to be picked in the autumn.

Principal Geoff Baker said: "We are really proud of the hard work of our students and staff, and we want to make sure that they have the best environment to learn in.

"Bits of the school have started looking quite tired. We want to make sure that our surroundings reflect our aspirations for our students, which is from them to be the brightest and best versions of themselves that they can be."

The academy joined the Inspiration Trust in September 2013, a not-for-profit charity that runs 10 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The work is being funded from the Trust's capital programme, which allows for schools to bid for large pieces of work they couldn't afford on their own.

"Without the support of the Trust it would have taken much longer for us to build up the funds for this work," said Dr Baker.

"We've also been able to call on their expertise in planning large projects to make sure everything goes smoothly, which means I can concentrate on delivering the best education for our pupils rather than on finding a good builder!"