Specialist approval for Old Buckenham High

Norfolk is one short of a clean sweep of high schools with specialist status after Old Buckenham High got the go-ahead to become a sports college from this week.

Norfolk is one short of a clean sweep of high schools with specialist status after Old Buckenham High got the go-ahead to become a sports college.

The south Norfolk school's success in being awarded specialist sports status by the government means Swaffham Hamond's High is the only county high school left without a specialism.

The news is the reward for many months of hard work and fund-raising to pull together the �50,000 in local sponsorship needed to support the application.

Old Buckenham High's headteacher Peter Whear said: 'We are delighted by this news. The school community has worked hard to make this happen and I should like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved in preparing our bid and in raising the �50,000 sponsorship we needed.


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'The local authority also deserves a great deal of credit for its support and encouragement.'

He added: 'The specialism will give a new focus to the strong collaboration that already exists with our local primary schools cluster and preparation for the 2012 Olympics will play a large part in what we do. Our students deserve the best and the additional specialist funding will help to further improve our facilities.'

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The news comes hot on the heels of the school posting its best ever GCSE results, with 71pc of students achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths - up from 68pc in 2009.

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