Smithdon is on the School Rebuilding Programme list
- By Elaine Bird
- 19 July 2021
Hunstanton's Smithdon High School is one of the 50 schools on the list the Prime Minister’s ten-year rebuilding programme.
The rebuilds and refurbishments for schools on the list will create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms. The new school buildings will also be net-zero carbon in operation.
John Hirst, Headteacher at Smithdon, 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.
"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."
North West Norfolk MP James Wild flanked by Smithdon head John Hirst on the left and West Norfolk Academies Trust Executive Headteacher Andy Johnson
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.
"Once complete, our new school building will ensure all children in Hunstanton and surrounding villages in North West Norfolk will have the very best possible school and education."
James Wild, MP for North West Norfolk, commented: "It is great news that Smithdon High School has been selected as part of the School Rebuilding Programme.
"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.”