Free School opens in old Fire Station

The sixth form is in a converted fire station Credit: ITV

A Norwich Free School, the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, has moved into the city's Old Fire Station.

The sixth form, which specialises in maths and science, has been running in temporary classrooms for two terms while the listed building was converted into a school.

The station yard has become a canteen Credit: ITV News Anglia

The architects have retained many of the features of the old fire station, creating open spaces for students to gather.

The tender hall where the fire engines were kept is now a lecture theatre.

Dr Mark Evans, in the tender hall/lecture theatre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Principal, Dr Mark Evans, says the building will add to the students' learning experience.

"It speaks of 70 years of fire engines parked in this very spot, of course the poles in the corner of the room are listed and the doors themselves have been kept, though we've put in a little extra glass."

"The whole space will always say fire station, important norwich heritage, as well as cutting edge science school."

The old doors with extra glass Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tomorrow evening at 7pm, the school will hold an open day, both for prospective parents and for visitors interested in the building's story.

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