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Former Canaries help sports courses take off

Published on 11/11/16

The Hewett Academy is to expand its specialist sporting curriculum with the help of three former Canaries.

The academy has seen such a strong take up of its BTEC Sport and Exercise Science course at sixth form that it has decided to offer a similar course to younger students.

The courses are being devised with the help of former Norwich City players Mickey Spillane, Danny Crow, and Danny Self, and will give Year 7 and Year 9 students the chance to build up a particular focus on sport.

Students at Year 7 will still do a full range of academic courses including maths, English, and science, but will spend around six hours a week doing sports training in swimming, fitness, or weights, plus developing coaching skills.

At GCSE level, students will follow the Government's English Baccalaureate with the addition of a BTEC in Sport.

The developments follow on from the successful launch of the academy's post-16 BTEC Sport and Exercise Science course in September, with around 60 students taking the two-year qualification in its first year.

Several of the students have joined the academy's Under 19 football team, and in their first outing in the inter-school Cowles Cup trounced Diss High School 12-0 at home.

Students from the academy will be taking part in the British Rowing Indoor Championships in London in December, following the launch of a rowing programme in 2015.

Principal Tom Leverage said: "All our students will still follow a core curriculum that ensures they have a good academic foundation, with these new options giving the chance to build up sport skills as well.

"We have fantastic facilities and very experienced staff, and are delighted to have three former Norwich City players on board to lend their expertise.

"This is for girls and boys, and is about a whole range of sports. The new course will be offered to our existing students and we are also offering pupils at Year 7 or Year 9 to transfer to the Hewett Academy to follow the new programme."

The Hewett Academy opened in September 2015, after becoming an academy as part of Inspiration Trust.

Since then the school has seen a £1m investment in new science labs, teaching areas, and other improvements throughout the school, as well as a new uniform.