Alternative academy trusts identified in latest twist to Norfolk school saga

The Eastern Daily Press is reporting that officials have proposed three alternative academy sponsors to take on the Hewett School – the last secondary currently run by the local authority – in the latest twist in the ongoing saga over its fate…

The Inspiration Trust remains the frontrunner to take on the site which the government is planning to turn into an academy, despite strong opposition from some locals.

However, at a Norfolk County Council children’s services committee meeting yesterday officials said they had identified three other organisations which could take over the school.

It comes as a consultation on the future of the Cecil Road school has been criticised for being neither fair nor impartial, and a further battle continues over land attached to the school.

Sheila Lock, interim head of Children’s Services at the council, said at a meeting of the Children’s Services Committee: “The Secretary of State’s position in determining a sponsor caused quite a significant amount of anxiety and disquiet.”

A spokesman for the council said there had been no discussions with the alternative academy trusts, and the decision would be made by the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan…

At the meeting, councillors were also told a submission would be sent this week to Tim Coulson, the regional schools commissioner, outlining the council’s case to own the site…

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  1. Unlikely Gov’t will change its mind.  As Gibb said, there’s no point in protesting, it’s going to happen.

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