England Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, Opens Great Yarmouth Charter Academy's Science Futures Building and announces launch of their new Sixth Form, Sir Isaac Newton East

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September 15th 2021

On Friday 10th of September, Great Yarmouth Charter Academy welcomed guests including, Dame Rachel de Souza, Children's Commissioner for England, to officially open their new Science Futures Building, filled with brand new fantastic facilities including science laboratories, at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy. 

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, both Rachel de Souza and Gareth Stevens, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, thanked Great Yarmouth Charter Academy’s governors, councillors, contractors amongst many others who were instrumental in the launch of the building. Chair of the Academy Committee Iain McDonald, who previously taught at the school was thanked as well as Great Yarmouth’s Deputy Mayor Adrian Thompson who also studied at the school in 1982. 

During her speech, Rachel De Souza also announced that Great Yarmouth Charter Academy is soon to become the home of Sir Isaac Newton East, a STEM specialist sixth form, in partnership with Inspiration Trust’s already well established and thriving Norwich based Sixth Form, Sir Isaac Newton.

The £7million investment  was funded by the Free Schools group and was designed to accommodate an increased pupil number including a brand new sixth form on the site. The overall accommodation was increased by a mix of new building, reconfiguration and refurbishment. This created a new dining space, a new science building, a new sixth form, plus classrooms and library.

Inspiration Trust CEO, Gareth Stevens said: 

‘The reason why this building is standing is because of all the tireless work from Rachel. Over the course of many years, she has been working towards ensuring that the children of Great Yarmouth have the best possible opportunities.’


Children's Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza said:

“I am so proud to be here to open this building today because this building is a step on the way to the pupils building a great future. You are so privileged to live in Great Yarmouth because we have some of the biggest industries and best employers. The education you can get here can enable you to have some of the best careers out there and this is especially true as GYCA moves ever closer towards that important step of building a sixth form that will better serve the children here in building that bright future for themselves.”


The pupils were also very excited by the prospects both Sir Isaac Newton East and this building will provide. Chloe Ashworth, Year 11 Bentley House Leader, said:

‘The facilities they have built are amazing, I’m so grateful. I am hoping to do all three sciences at A level and this building will help me a lot to do that, and it will also help me decide which one I'd take at university. I was thinking of going to Sir Issac Newton as they are a STEM specialist, but now they are linking, I'm interested in going here to Sir Issac Newton East as it's easier for transport.’


More information on Sir Isaac Newton East will be coming soon, with a brand new expansive website and prospectus launching. Applications for study in September 2022 will soon be welcomed.