The Hewett Academy

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The Hewett School
Established 1958
Type Academy
Location Cecil Road
52°36′50″N 1°17′19″E / 52.61387°N 1.28865°E / 52.61387; 1.28865Coordinates: 52°36′50″N 1°17′19″E / 52.61387°N 1.28865°E / 52.61387; 1.28865
Local authority Norfolk
DfE number 926/4022
DfE URN 142059 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Jewson, Colman and Gurney

The Hewett Academy (formerly the Hewett School) is a secondary school and sixth form located in south of the English city of Norwich. It educates around 850 pupils[1] and is coeducational.


The school used to comprise three schools. Lakenham Boys' and Lakenham Girls' Secondary Modern schools (East and West Site) were built in the 1950s. In 1958, the Hewett Grammar School was built next to Hall Road (now the South Site) following its move from former Junior Technical School based at Norwich City College.[2][3] In 1970 all three schools were combined to form a comprehensive school, under headteacher Walter Roy.[4]

In May 2009 the Hewett School became the first Foundation Trust School in Norfolk and set up the Central Norwich Foundation Trust. The trust has partners from Aviva, Norfolk County Council, OpenOpportunity, Local Primary Schools and Norwich University of the Arts. The school was also awarded Artsmark Gold, Eco School Silver and is a Creative Partnership School. It was also a member of OpenOpportunity, a partnership of eight schools and City College, Norwich.

Former school logo

In March 2015 the Department for Education issued an Academy Order which forced the Hewett School to convert to academy status. The order was issued after the school was deemed 'inadequate' by an Ofsted inspection, and was placed in special measures. However 1,300 people signed a petition against the order.[5] however the school became an academy in September 2015 and is now sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.[6]

On November 26, 2015, the school, along with the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, was evacuated due to a suspected bomb threat.[7][8]

In March 2016, after previous revelations about falling pupil numbers,[9] the Trust was criticised following an assembly in which senior staff urged pupils to emulate the confidence and self-belief of the U.S. Republican presidential hopeful (and later President), Donald Trump.[10]


Since it was formerly three schools, the Hewett Academy has three halls and three gyms. It has a swimming pool and the Walter Roy Theatre, which opened in 1994.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Ofsted highlights ‘encouraging signs’ at The Hewett School in Norwich, Eastern Daily Press, 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  2. ^ Golden memories for the Hewett class of ‘62, Norwich Evening News, 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  3. ^ The first Hewett boys return to school in Norwich, Norwich Evening News, 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  4. ^ Former Hewett School headteacher Walter Roy dies – share your memories, Norwich Evening News, 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  5. ^ "Hewett School in Norwich forced to become academy". BBC News. 
  6. ^ George Ryan. "Anger as Government confirms Hewett School will become an Inspiration Trust academy next term". Eastern Daily Press. 
  7. ^ "Norwich schools evacuation 'forced' by bomb hoax". 26 November 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Russell, Sam. "Hewett Academy in Norwich struggles to attract new pupils". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  10. ^ George, Martin. "Hewett Academy defends talk highlighting self confidence of Donald Trump". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Management Team". Retrieved 29 June 2017. 

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