GREAT YARMOUTH VA HIGH SCHOOL
Norfolk offers the opportunity to work in an urban environment, and to live in an area of outstanding beauty which includes the Norfolk Broads, the Norfolk Coast and the City of Norwich. The attractions, which draw the tourists to the County, are there for residents to enjoy whenever they wish. Sporting and cultural activities abound in and around Norwich, Great Yarmouth and other local areas.
THE SCHOOL – GENERAL INFORMATION
Great Yarmouth High School serves the town from the river to the racecourse and came into existence in September 1981 drawing upon a tradition dating back to 1551. We also have substantial numbers from outside the area. The natural intake covers 2 council estates and an area of town housing with some of the most financially deprived areas of Norfolk.
In 1998 the school was awarded Technology Specialist College Status and in 1999 was designated V.A (Christian non-denominational) reflecting the terms of its Foundation.
Accommodated in the former Grammar School buildings it is a mixed comprehensive school of over 750 students aged 12-16 years. It offers pupils the opportunity to study up to 9 GCSE subjects or a restricted number together with vocational courses. Norfolk LEA are in the process of reorganising the school structures and it is planned that Gt Yarmouth High School will have a year 7 intake in two years time. This will increase the number on roll to approximately 1000 pupils.
The school is active in the community and has strong links with the industrial and commercial life of the area through local companies. Awards and prizes have been received by the school from the Royal Society of Arts, Curriculum Award and Investors in People. The school benefits annually from grants made by the Gt Yarmouth Grammar School Foundation.
Students leave at 16, and may continue their education at either the East Norfolk Sixth Form College or the Gt Yarmouth College of Further Education. A small proportion of year 11 leavers enter immediate employment and others enrol on a variety of training. A pleasing number of our former students have entered a wide range of Universities or Polytechnics.
Local employment is concentrated on the Port and Resort of Yarmouth. In addition to the usual commercial and retail opportunities are those in the off shore servicing industries to the North Sea Oil and Gas enterprises.
In addition to the 20 or so classrooms and one mobile classroom, the school has the following specialist facilities:
6 Science Laboratories
2 Home Economics Laboratories including a textiles/computer suite
A Technology Centre, comprising of 2 workshops and computer area, Graphics and Electronics room
2 Art rooms
2 Music rooms, Music rehearsal room, 2 individual music practice rooms all in a suite
A Library and Resources Centre
A school wide ICT network
Over 150 computers
A Drama Studio
Sports Hall and Gymnasium
Indoor Swimming Pool
Promethean Inter-active boards.
There are hard tennis courts, two hockey pitches and an all-weather Athletics area on the site, and the school has 6 acres of playing fields at Barnard Bridge which includes a pavilion, senior and junior cricket squares, 3 soccer pitches and a 6-a-side soccer pitch, a quarter of a mile away.
THE SCHOOL DAY
The school day is divided into five lessons, four of one hour each and one of fifty-five minutes. Morning break divides periods 2 and 3 and the lunch break follows period 4. School begins for staff with a briefing at 8.30 a.m. and ends at 3.05 pm. There are a wide range of ever increasing enhancement activities which operate between 3.30 and 9.00 p.m. For pupils each day begins with a form period or assembly at 8.40