December 21 2013 Latest news:
By MARTIN GEORGE
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Swaffham Hamond’s High School has announced a ‘posh sounding’ new name that will take it into a new era when it reopens as an academy in September.
The school will be known as the Nicholas Hamond Academy when sponsor the Academy Transformation Trust takes charge in September.
School governors had consulted parents and the school council, and considered a number of alternatives including The Swaffham Academy, The Breckland Academy, The Brecks Academy and The Hamond Academy.
Headteacher Stuart Bailey said: “To say it’s not Hamond’s but Hamond gives the progression in terms of the history of the school and that link to the Hamond family, and by calling it the Nicholas Hamond Academy it gives it some re-definition and renewal. The consensus is that ‘it sounds very posh, doesn’t it’.”
He added that the school will not change its uniform, apart from existing students receiving new blazers with the updated name.
Interviews for the new headteacher will take place next week, although Mr Bailey, a county head who is coming up to retirement, could stay on at the school for a period if the new head is unable to start in September.