Sewell Park Academy
|Headteacher||Mrs Penny Bignell|
|Location||St Clements Hill
|DfE URN||142058 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Colours||Black, White, Red and Green|
It has approximately 800 students aged eleven to sixteen (years 7 to 11). It is situated between St. Clements Hill and Constitution Hill (B1150), east of New Catton. On the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/73619 within the school grounds is the Sewell Barn Theatre. The name of the school comes from Philip Sewell, the brother of Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty.
It was The Blyth School, a grammar school, which was built in 1929 in grounds owned by Philip Sewell, who died in 1906. It was named after Ernest Egbert Blyth. It had 750 girls in the early 1950s, 800 by 1956, 850 in 1964 and 800 in 1969. It was administered by the Norwich Education Committee. Two whalebones were given to the school by a former pupil and made into an arch.
In 1970, it had its first non-selected intake of girls, then in 1971 it had its first co-educational intake the school having 920 boys and girls, and in 1972, the starting age rose to 12 when the education system in Norwich went comprehensive. The Angel Road Girls' Secondary School and the Alderman Jex Boys' Secondary School became the ages 11-16 Jex Comprehensive School in 1971. It then merged with the Blyth School to become the ten-form entry Blyth Jex School in 1972. administration went to Norfolk Education Committee in April 1974. Mrs Valerie Glauert was the headmistress who oversaw the transformation, and responsible for development of the theatre..
The school was renamed Sewell Park College in September 2008 following a multimillion-pound building project to house the school on one site (the West site) opposed to the two sites at the time. The starting age returned to 11.
In September 2015 the school converted to academy status and was renamed Sewell Park Academy.
Sewell Park re-launched its own Sixth Form in September 2012 following a period in a consortium with two other local schools.
The Sixth Form is known as the Sewell Sixth.
There is a proposal to close the sixth form from Summer 2015.
Notable former teachers
- Dr Tony Chater, Editor from 1974-95 of the Morning Star, taught chemistry at the girls' grammar school from 1959-60
Notable former pupils
Blyth Jex School
The Blyth School
- Margaret Goose OBE, Chief Executive from 1997-2004 of The Stroke Association
- Susan Waddington, Labour MEP for Leicester from 1994-9, now at NIACE