Fred Nicholson School expansion

Closes 9 May 2023

Opened 7 Mar 2023


It is proposed to increase the number of pupils with complex needs at Fred Nicholson School, Dereham from 173 to 225 pupils and to relocate the school to Lynn Road, Swaffham from 1 April 2025.

The Governors of Fred Nicholson School and Norfolk County Council are committed to expanding the successful provision, for the needs of the current pupils and to meet the demand for future pupils. Currently there is an increased need to provide places for children and young people with complex needs in this area of Norfolk.  This proposal will provide much needed specialist educational capacity and space to meet this increased need.

Unfortunately, the school building is in poor and ageing condition and we are looking to move to a new purpose built school building in Swaffham.  The new building will mean we can offer places to more young people with complex needs and extend our offer from Reception to 6th form.


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  • Virtual Consultation Event

    From 28 Mar 2023 at 18:00 to 28 Mar 2023 at 19:00

    Find out more about this proposal. If you would like to join this event, please contact Caroline Money for the joining details, by emailing


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