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(UK) Norfolk: New special school for 100 opens; headteacher: 'lucky and honored'

Dec 28, 2021, Fakenham & Wells Times: Headteacher feeling 'honoured' ahead of new special school's opening https://www.fakenhamtimes.co.uk/news/education/new-norfolk-special-school-opening-8589000

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The headteacher of a new special school in Fakenham has revealed his excitement ahead of its grand opening. Robert Speck said he felt "lucky and honoured" to be at the helm of the Duke of Lancaster (DoL), which is due to welcome students from January 4. The school will cater for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from across Norfolk. Mr Speck, who spent the majority of his 16-year career at Cromer Academy, before moving to another special school, The Wherry in Norwich, admitted he cannot wait to get started. "When I applied for the Wherry School, I thought it was a once-in-a-career opportunity to be part of establishing a brand new special school," he said…. To begin with it will welcome 48 pupils, before the number rises to 100. While bosses initially thought the school would mainly serve north Norfolk, youngsters will, in reality, be travelling from across the county. …

Robert Speck, head of school at the Duke of Lancaster in Fakenham- Credit: Archant