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Green light for school growth

Published on 23/04/19

Rising demand for families to attend Hethersett Academy has led to plans for a major new classroom block being approved.

Norfolk County Council has given planning permission for the new building, which will feature 15 general classrooms, two art rooms with associated dark room and media suite, and a flexible double-height hall for assemblies and events.

Related changes will see existing sports facilities rearranged and updated, plus a new staff car park and coach drop off area to the north of the site off Back Lane. An improved pedestrian and cycle path will run from Back Lane to the main school buildings.

The building will be fully accessible to wheelchair users, with level access and a lift to the first floor spaces.

The design predominantly features red brick, reflecting the school's original 1979 buildings, but with the addition of grey metal finishes to certain areas to add a modern twist.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "Hethersett Academy has been increasingly popular with families following its Outstanding rating from Ofsted and we had a record number of applications for this September, so this new building will provide the new classrooms, art studios, and hall space we need to meet that rising parental demand.

"We are glad to be working closely with Norfolk County Council to support the growth at Hethersett and help more pupils attend a school that helps them achieve exam results consistently ranked among the best in the region, so it is great that the project's planning application has been given the green light."