Pakefield School

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Pakefield School
Pakefield High School logo.jpg
Motto Shaping The Future
Established 2011
Type Foundation school
Headteacher Mr Anthony Walker
Location London Road

NR33 7DS
Coordinates: 52°26′59″N 1°43′31″E / 52.4497°N 1.7253°E / 52.4497; 1.7253
Local authority Suffolk County Council
DfE number 935/4605
DfE URN 136438 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses Normans (Yellow), Celts (Red), Romans (Magenta), Anglo-Saxons (Blue) and Vikings (Green).
Colours         Royal blue & Grey
Website Pakefield School website

Pakefield School is a coeducational secondary school located in Pakefield, a suburb of Lowestoft in the English county of Suffolk. The school opened in September 2011, initially with Years 7 and 8 only, using buildings which were previously Pakefield Middle School.[1] The school became the first new state high school to be built in Suffolk for over 20 years as part of the reorganisation of schools in Lowestoft, a process which saw the closure of eight middle schools and a change from transfer to high school at age 13 to transfer at age 11.[1][2]

The school caters for around 900 students aged from 11 to 16 and cost £26.5 million to build.[3] It was expected to open in September 2010,[4] although this was delayed due to the discovery of Great Crested Newts on the school site.[5] Perry Linsley, formerly head of Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College, was the school's first Headteacher.[1] In January 2016 Linsley announced that he would be leaving the school at Easter 2016 to take up the position of Principal in a new school in Dubai. From September 2016 the new Headteacher will be Mr Anthony Walker.


Building took place on the site of the former Pakefield Middle School.[5] The government Office of the Schools Adjudicator approved the reorganisation proposal with the recommendation that integrated plans be proposed for the entire site, including Pakefield Primary School.[3]

Building work on the site was delayed in May 2010 when great crested newts, a protected species, were discovered on the site. As a result, Year 9 pupils who were expected to transfer to the school in September 2011 were required to join to one of the other high schools in Lowestoft.[5] Year 7 and 8 pupils used the Middle School buildings in 2011-2012 until the site can be completed.[5][6] Building work was expected to be complete by September 2012,[5] although funding caused problems for the building project.[6][7]


There was local opposition to the plan to build at Pakefield. Concerns were raised over the size of the site and issues relating to traffic in the area as well as mixing of children from as young as 3 to 16 at the same location.[3][8][9] Sites at either Elm Tree Middle School or Gisleham Middle School were proposed as alternatives.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Pakefield profile, Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ School Organisation Review Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Assurances over new Lowestoft school Lowestoft Journal, 28 August 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  4. ^ Schools in Lowestoft and the surrounding area Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  5. ^ a b c d e Mace. H (2010) Newts mean pupils will have to stay put Eastern Daily Press, 14 May 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  6. ^ a b Pakefield High School is an "acorn starting to grow", Lowestoft Journal, 11 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011
  7. ^ New Pakefield high school is 'the best', Lowestoft Journal, 12 November 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  8. ^ a b ERASE Homepage. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  9. ^ Postbox: New school traffic fears Lowestoft Journal, 3 July 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009

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