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The Hewett Academy

The Hewett Academy
Cecil Road

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Coordinates52°36′50″N 1°17′19″E / 52.61387°N 1.28865°E / 52.61387; 1.28865
Local authorityNorfolk
Department for Education URN142059 Tables
Age11 to 18
HousesJewson, Colman and Gurney

The Hewett Academy (formerly the Hewett School) is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form located in south of the English city of Norwich.


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.[1][2] In 1970 all three schools were combined to form a comprehensive school, under headteacher Walter Roy.[3]

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.[4] however the school became an academy in September 2015 and is now sponsored by the Inspiration Trust.[5]

On November 26, 2015, the school, along with the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, was evacuated due to a suspected bomb threat.[6][7]

In March 2016, after previous revelations about falling pupil numbers,[8] 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.[9]

In April 2018 the school was rated Good by Ofsted[10].

In November 2018, centenarian former test cricketer Eileen Ash opened a sports hall named in her honour at the school[11].

Notable former pupils


  1. ^ Golden memories for the Hewett class of ‘62, Norwich Evening News, 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  2. ^ The first Hewett boys return to school in Norwich, Norwich Evening News, 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  3. ^ Former Hewett School headteacher Walter Roy dies – share your memories, Norwich Evening News, 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  4. ^ "Hewett School in Norwich forced to become academy". BBC News.
  5. ^ George Ryan. "Anger as Government confirms Hewett School will become an Inspiration Trust academy next term". Eastern Daily Press.
  6. ^ "Norwich schools evacuation 'forced' by bomb hoax". 26 November 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2015-11-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Russell, Sam. "Hewett Academy in Norwich struggles to attract new pupils". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  9. ^ George, Martin. "Hewett Academy defends talk highlighting self confidence of Donald Trump". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  10. ^ Cope, Lauren. "Norwich high school told it has overcome 'legacy of underachievement' in first report since becoming an academy". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  11. ^ Betts, Marc. "World's oldest living cricketer opens £2m sports hall". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2019-01-14.