Great Yarmouth High School
|Motto||Rex et Nostra Jura|
|Type||Voluntary aided Comprehensive|
|Religion||C of E|
|Deputy Headteacher||Carole Galloway|
|Chair of the Governors||Linda Fisher|
|DfE URN||121219 Tables|
|Houses||Tolhouse (Green), Blackfriars (Yellow), Britannia (Blue), Wellington (Red)|
|Colours||Red and black|
Great Yarmouth VA High School is a coeducational comprehensive school on Salisbury Road in the town of Great Yarmouth in the English county of Norfolk. It educates about 1000 11 to 17 year old pupils, the age of entry having decreased from twelve to eleven in 2008. The school does not have a sixth form. The nearest post-16 centres are East Norfolk Sixth Form College and Great Yarmouth College.
The former Great Yarmouth Grammar School, which was founded in 1551, became the comprehensive Great Yarmouth High School in September 1982. In 1998 the school was awarded Technology College Specialist Status and in 1999 was designated V.A (Christian non-denominational) reflecting the terms of its Foundation. It is under the jurisdiction of Norfolk LEA.
In November 2008 the Technology Specialist College status ended as the school became a Humanities Specialist College. This followed an extremely successful Ofsted report the preceding May which decreed that the school was good with outstanding features.
The June 21st 2008 Ofsted report found that Great Yarmouth High School "needs to improve immediately".
The August 11th 2009 Ofsted report found Great Yarmouth High School to be a "poor provider for special needs care".
On July 23, 2010 Ofsted found Great Yarmouth High School to be of "Low Standard Education".
On May 28, 2011 Ofsted found Great Yarmouth High School to be an "adequate School".
Both the school and the town share the same shield. The school colours are black and red. The High Standard is the school newspaper which is produced twice a year, around May and November.
Notable former pupils
Great Yarmouth Grammar School
- Commodore Sir Arthur Baxter DSC
- Rt Rev David Edward Bentley, Bishop of Gloucester from 1993-2003
- Air Vice-Marshal John Bowring CB CBE, Station Commander of RAF Aldergrove from 1968–70
- Basil Collins CBE, Group Chief Executive of Cadbury-Schweppes from 1980-3, and Chairman of the Nabisco Brands Ltd from 1984-9
- Rev Arnold Culley, organist of Durham Cathedral from 1907–32
- Sir Peter Eade, physician
- Prof Kenneth Fielding, Saintsbury Professor of English Literature from 1966-84 at the University of Edinburgh
- Sir Arthur Hawkins, Chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board from 1972–77
- John Hender CBE, Chief Executive of West Midlands Metropolitan County Council from 1973–86
- Naomi Lewis, poet, essayist and literary critic
- John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington
- Sir Kenneth MacMillan, choreographer
- Jack Pateman CBE, avionics engineer for Elliott Brothers, now called BAE Systems Avionics, and a patent holder of fly-by-wire systems
- Malcolm Sayer, car designer
- Prof Robert Steel CBE, Vice-Chancellor from 1979-81 of Swansea University, President in 1968 of the Institute of British Geographers (merged with the Royal Geographical Society in 1995)
- Sir William Utting CBE, Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate from 1985–91 and President of the Mental Health Foundation since 1999