The Principal of Fakenham Academy Norfolk, Matthew Parr-Burman (above), has highlighted his ambition for the new Academy – formerly Fakenham High School and College – to become “completely and utterly outstanding in every single thing we do.”
The conversion of Fakenham High School and College to sponsored academy status, as part of the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN Group) federation, started after Education Secretary Michael Gove signed off the funding agreement last week.
Fakenham Academy Norfolk now officially joins City Academy Norwich, City College Norwich, Wayland Academy Norfolk and University Technical College Norfolk (opening next September), as members of the TEN Group – with Attleborough High School expected to join the group on 1st January 2014.
Following a successful year for Fakenham High School and College, which in August saw students achieve the high school’s best ever GCSE results, Mr Parr-Burman said of the conversion to academy status: “Fakenham Academy Norfolk is a local institution with big ambitions. Our aim is to continue improving, with the aim of becoming completely and utterly outstanding in every single thing we do.
“Being part of a family of like-minded and innovative schools and colleges in Norfolk, with the TEN Group, will help us in realising this ambition.”
Dick Palmer, Group Chief Executive Officer, Transforming Education in Norfolk (the TEN Group), added:
“The conversion to academy status marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for students, teachers, parents and the wider community served by Fakenham Academy Norfolk. I am delighted to formerly welcome Fakenham Academy Norfolk into the TEN Group, and look forward to working together to create the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes for every single one of the academy’s students.”