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Hunstanton's Smithdon School celebrates news of rebuild

Smithdon High School, at Hunstanton, has been included in the Government's ten-year school rebuilding programme.

News that it is one of six in the east of England to be selected has been greeted with delight by the school.

Headteacher, John Hirst, said: "I'm delighted with this significant investment in education in Hunstanton and West Norfolk. Once our school has been rebuilt, it will make a huge difference to our students, where their talents can be identified and nurtured in an outstanding twenty-first century school mirroring the great teaching and support that already takes place at Smithdon.

Smithdon High School in Hunstanton (49344173)
Smithdon High School in Hunstanton (49344173)

"As a school and a Trust, we have worked really hard in the background to lobby for this investment to make sure our children continue to learn in the best possible environment long into the future, and I feel today's announcement highlights the confidence at Government level in the leadership of Smithdon and the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

"I am extremely grateful for the teamwork that has taken place in the Trust to get to this stage, and we're looking forward to meeting with the Department for Education next week to further discuss this project and the next steps."

Roger Livesey, chair of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, added: "As a Trust, we have always strived to ensure that our schools have the facilities and classrooms they need to support the high-quality education our children deserve and we invested significantly in the school building last year.

"We are delighted that the Government is investing millions of pounds to rebuild Smithdon as this investment will now complete the transformation of Smithdon High School into an education establishment of the highest calibre.”

North-West Norfolk MP, James Wild,described it as “great news”.

He said:"Since I saw the issues with the buildings first hand, I have worked closely with the school to make the case for investment to ministers and that need has now been recognised by the Government.

"This will help the school to deliver better facilities for pupils in Hunstanton in which to learn and realise their potential.”

Announcing the latest list, Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “This programme will give thousands more young people the chance to learn in world class school facilities, levelling up opportunity and making sure every young person has the chance to succeed, progress and fulfil their potential.

“As we build back better after the pandemic, with buildings that are net-zero in operation, this major ten-year rebuilding programme will help to shape the education of not only children now, but for years to come.”

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