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One of Norwich's biggest schools to be turned into an academy, Government confirms

Hewett School, which will now be known at 'The Hewett Academy'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been announced that one of Norwich's biggest schools will become an academy.

The Department of Education has confirmed the proposal, which will mean that the Hewett school will now be sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.

The school will be known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The academy's new logo. Credit: Hewett Academy, Norwich.

The move had attracted considerable local opposition, with over 2,000 people signing a petition against the school being turned into an academy.

They argued that the school should remain "owned by the people of Norwich; not given away against the wishes of parents, pupils and the local community".

"We are thrilled by the opportunity to make the Hewett great again for the people of Norwich.

There is only a short time before the academy opens in September, and we are already busy working with the principal, Tom Leverage, to support his priorities for the Hewett.

On his advice we will be refurbishing key areas of the academy this summer, using Inspiration Trust funds, and looking longer term at how we can make the more fundamental improvements the Hewett so desperately needs.

We are delighted to be keeping the Hewett name, with the new academy known as the Hewett Academy, Norwich, with a new badge inspired by the city's history.

We know there is great love for the Hewett locally and some nervousness about its future. With his community role and existing experience as a school governor, I have today written to Norwich South MP Clive Lewis inviting him to join the new governing body.

We are proud to be stepping up to the challenge of reinvigorating the Hewett, and we hope Mr Lewis will too."

– Inspiration Trust chief executive Rachel de Souza

Cambridge scientists working on the secrets of the universe

British scientists are working around the clock in Geneva to try to recreate the high energy conditions similar to those at the start of the universe.

The power at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was recently increased and research has just restarted at the site.

Among those working at the world's largest particle accelerator are scientists from the University of Cambridge.

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School gets kids to stand rather than sit to tackle obesity

A school in our region has become the first in the country to champion a new programme of active movement for children as young as three.

The idea is to get kids standing rather than sitting down as a major step in tackling obesity.

Tanya Mercer has been to the Old School House Nursery near Newmarket to see the children in action.

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Councillors pleased by improvements in Norfolk schools

Councillors in Norfolk says more than 20,000 children in the county are now being taught in a good or outstanding school. Credit: PA

Councillors in Norfolk say more than 20,000 children in the county are now being taught in a good or outstanding school.

They put it down to their scheme to raise standards in failing schools.

Now 77% of Norfolk's schools are rated good or better - compared with 59% when the strategy launched in 2013.

Is university good value for money? 10,000 school-leavers look at options

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money.

The results come as the University of Bedfordshire kicks off one of the biggest higher education events in the country.

More than 10,000 students are expected to attend the two-day UCAS convention. It gives young people the chance to explore their post-school options with the guidance of professionals from across the country to help them make decisions about their future.

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University of Bedfordshire hosts UCAS convention

University of Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 10,000 students are expected to head to the University of Bedfordshire today for a further education convention, hosted at the Bedford campus.

The two day UCAS event is the largest of its kind in the region and will give sixth formers a chance to find about information about courses, entry requirements, finances and student life.

There will also be presentations on different study subjects going on throughout the convention.

"UCAS conventions are the only opportunity students have to explore a variety of post-18 options in one setting. They're a chance to get some face time with admissions staff and subject specialists, find out what life's like on and off campus, and discover what else is on offer when your exams are done and dusted - volunteer work, gap year adventures, and the big wide world of work."

– David Seaton, Head of Student Recruitment at the University

Demolition begins to make way for new school in Northampton

Artist impression of the new school Credit: Northamptonshire County Council

Demolition starts today on the former Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton.

It'll make way for a new school for more than two thousand pupils 2,200 pupils and is the country's largest ever school conversion project

The Northampton International Academy will open in September 2017.

The £25 million building project is being largely funded by the Government's Education Funding Agency and will help to meet the forecast need for 580 new secondary school places in Northampton by 2021.

Demolition of the site in Barrack Road is expected to last 12 weeks.

"This is an exciting milestone in the project to transform this derelict building from an eyesore in the local community to a modern, 21st century school. It is an important regeneration scheme for a deprived area of Northampton and the country's largest ever school conversion project. Even more importantly, it will create much-needed additional school places at a time when demand for places is growing significantly."

– Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education
An artist impression of the interior of the new school Credit: Northamptonshire County Council

There will be highways improvements to Barrack Road as well, including enhanced pedestrian crossings and safety railings with a school pick up and drop off point to the rear of the new building with a new junction.

Schools struggling to fill places

More than 30 secondary schools across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are struggling to fill their places for September's intake of year seven children.

Empty classroom Credit: PA Images

According to Council figures, some schools are more than half empty. The numbers are, in part, being put down to the introduction of free schools.

Children get hands on in their campaign to save part of their school playing field

Parents and children at Oundle Primary near Peterborough have made a video to campaign against proposals which could mean the school loses use of the land.

Northamptonshire County Council is replacing the middle school with one primary to create a two tier system and says it'll leave too much land for the number of pupils and is looking at other uses for it.

The idea of disposing of school land is controversial but not unusual.

Between 2001 and 2010 the Government gave approval to change the use of 242 playing fields across the UK.

In the last five years there have been 103 earmarked, with the largest numbers seen in 2013 and 2014...where 61 were given approval to be disposed of.

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