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Academy plans for school backed

Earlham High School
The school was recently visited by Olympic veteran Dame Kelly Holmes

Plans to transform a Norwich high school into an academy have been approved by the Secretary of State for Schools Ed Balls.

The move would see Earlham High School become an academy working with the City College, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and county council.

A consultation is taking place to allow people to have their say on the plan.

The proposed date for opening in existing buildings is 2009 with a date for build completion of 2012.

City College Norwich principal Dick Palmer said: "This is great news and another step towards making the academy a reality.

"A new academy will really inspire young people to make a success of their time at school as well as providing a real community asset for the wider Earlham community."

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