Conservative peer Lord Norton of Louth returned to his former school in Louth to officially open its modern new sixth form building which has fittingly been named in his honour.
Lord Philip Norton, who has been described as the ‘greatest living expert on Parliament’, opened the new Norton Lodge Sixth Form Centre at King Edward VI Grammar School on Friday.
Lord Norton remains a governor at the school he attended in the 1960s and was proud to open the new lodge which has been supported by Lincolnshire County Council and fellow governors.
School head James Lascelles told the ceremony: “It took very little time to come up with the name for the building and it is a huge privileged to have Lord Norton of Louth, professor of government studies at Hull University, old boy of the school, a current governor and former warden of the school with us.”
Norton Lodge will include a new dining hall and refectory and refurbishment of the old Louth Hospital building [Foundation House] into a new home for humanities.
It is equipped with a college style café; large private study centre and a dedicated Higher Education Guidance Centre open to all students across the school.
Mr Lascelles added: “Lord Norton has been a great friend to the school for many, many years and was instrumental in assisting the school with its transition to 11-18 status in 1997.
“Norton Lodge was therefore an exceptionally logical and relevant way to celebrate both the building and the man.”
Lord Norton said the new building was ‘very modern and attractive’ and gave it his seal of approval.