House name comes down to close vote
A new house named after a former head teacher will be created at Norton Knatchbull School.
The Hythe Road secondary school is expanding from five to six forms of entry, creating a new class of 30 pupils in Year 7.
This will mean that in a few years the school will need a new house to join the existing five houses – Apps, Barrett, Burra, Harper and Knatchbull.
The school held a vote to decide whether the house should be named after either Arthur Sydney Lamprey, who was head teacher from 1908 and 1927 and Peter Francis Woodworth, an old boy, teacher, deputy head teacher and governor from 1904 until 1970.
Deputy head teacher Tracey Savage said: “The whole school voted including staff, governors, students, and of course, our special guests – even Mr Speller, the school’s previous head teacher, sent in an email vote from abroad where he is on holiday.”
There were assemblies where Mark Cox-Smith and Max Dowling, members of the school sixth form debating society, spoke about their lives and how they contributed to the school’s development.
Lamprey was the winner with 467 out of 918 votes, and Mr Woodworth will be remembered with a new prize called The Woodworth Trophy for the School Captain.