The Hewett Academy

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The Hewett School
Established 1958
Type Academy
Location Cecil Road
Coordinates: 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 Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump.[10]


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

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