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6  Town & Around August 2020                                                       Tel: 01485 540620 email:
       Norfolk MP gives Smithdon High glowing end-of-year report

       Improvements could herald more investment at Smithdon

            he  refurbishment  of                                                    complete overhaul, with new
            Smithdon High School in                                                  windows, flooring, insulation,
       THunstanton could be a                                                        light and heating, as well as a
       sign of things to come after MP                                               fresh  coat   of    paint.
       James Wild visited the site to see                                            “With the transformation of C
       the extensive work that has been                                              Block, a new roof and a complete
       carried out during lockdown.                                                  new floor in the sports hall, this is
        After being impressed by what                                                the most significant investment in
       he saw during his visit to the                                                the school in a very long time.
       school on Friday last week, it is                                               “We can’t wait to have people
       hoped the member for North West                                               come   and  see  all  the
       Norfolk will support Smithdon's                                               improvements we’ve made. In
       vision   for    significant                                                   October we’re planning open
       redevelopment and investment at                                               activities, and we look forward to
       the Downs Road school, and raise                                              welcoming more visitors then, so
       the issue in Parliament and with                                              they can be like Mr Wild and see
       the Education Secretary - perhaps                                             all the good work we’re doing.”
       even   persuading  Gavin                                                        Hirst has had an eventful first
       Williamson to visit the school                                                year in charge of the school but
       himself.                                                                      said he was thrilled by how much
        “It was a pleasure to visit                                                  change had happened to set
       Smithdon High School and hear                                                 Smithdon up for a new era.
       about the progress the pupils are   North West Norfolk MP James Wild flanked by Smithdon head    “We now have 21st century
       making academically and through   John Hirst on the left and West Norfolk Academies Trust Executive   facilities to go with a 21st century
       extra-curricular activists to realise    Headteacher Andy Johnson             curriculum, and some great new
       their potential,” James Wild MP   highlighted in the school’s latest   we’re really excited about how   appointments coming up,” he
       said.                     inspection  included  pupils   we’ve transformed it, to make it   added.
         “Education is key to opportunity   commenting on how teaching   even more forward-looking and   For more information about
       and the school’s ethos is all about   quality and student behaviour had   aspirational.   Smithdon, including watching the
       giving young people chances to   improved, parents also noting a   “I’m particularly excited about   progress of the refurbishment and
       learn and develop and be   raising of standards, and a growth   C Block, where the art studios   to find out more about open
       successful. Now we can look   in  demand  for  places.   are. For a long time it’s been too   events, please visit the Smithdon
       forward to schools reopening   Smithdon is well known in the   hot in the summer and too cold in   High  website  or  follow
       fully in September and young   world of architecture as a   winter, but we’ve given it a   @Smithdon_High.
       people learning once again.”   prominent example of the post-
       Smithdon is a member of the   war brutalist style, and around
       West Norfolk Academies’ Trust,   one million pounds in SCA
       which runs 11 schools across the   funding has been spent giving its
       region, and during new head John   distinctive look a facelift, to
       Hirst’s first year in charge, has   create a dynamic, forward-
       undergone a transformation in the   looking learning environment.
       classroom and in the facilities,   Art studios, two ICT suites, a
       which have had an instant, visible   food technology area, the sports
       impact on raising morale and   hall and other facilities have all
       standards throughout the school.   been transformed, as well as new
       "We are all committed to ensuring   roofs put on buildings throughout
       every student at our school has   the       school.
       the best education possible,” said     Mr Hirst continued: “We know
       Mr Hirst.                 Smithdon is already a very
        Major positives that Ofsted   distinctive-looking place but
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