Public consultation launched for new technical college for Norfolk

Photograph by Simon Finlay

Article from the Eastern Daily Press, Monday, February 18, 2013 - see original here

Sponsors behind a new Norfolk college want students, parents, local people, and employers to tell them what they think of the plans.

Norfolk University Technical College is due to open in Norwich in September 2014 and will cater for 600 14 to 19-year-olds focusing on the engineering, energy, and advanced manufacturing industries.

School federations aim to provide education to degree level

Ellie Ireland, 15, at City academy, Norwich, hopes to carry on studying in order to get a degree and a career in video production. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

Guardian newspaper article, Monday 11 February 2013 - see original article here

Some school federations now offer an education from the age of five up to degree level. Should university leaders worry about the competition?

Ellie Ireland's dad works in a factory making cardboard, and her mum is a cook in a local school. Ellie, who is head girl of her school, City academy in Norwich, sees a different future for herself. "I want to work in a media company," she says. "Probably video production." And she thinks a degree is what she needs to get her there.

Until recently, Ellie might have been the sort of student higher education – despite its open-access pledge – failed to reach. Before her school became an academy, and then transformed its outcomes three years ago, it was ranked the fourth worst in the country, according to school league tables. Now, Ellie says: "You can just tell it's different. There are more opportunities. The teachers are always happy to talk to you about all your options." The school strives to convince students, whatever their background, that they are the sort of people who go on to do further study.

Academy plan for Fakenham school looks more likely, says head

Academy plan for Fakenham school looks more likely, says head

Fakenham High School and College’s proposed move to academy status is now likely to go ahead, head teacher Matthew Parr-Burman has told the EDP.

Mr Parr-Burman has met with school governors to discuss feedback received during a public consultation on the possible move, which ended on January 18.

He said: “It is fair to say the move to an academy is now more likely than it was before the start of the consultation.

Report from Eastern Daily Press. Saturday 2nd February 2013.

Fakenham head upbeat over potential move to academy status

The head of Fakenham High School and College this week offered an upbeat vision of education in the town if a move towards academy status went ahead.

Matthew Parr-Burman answered questions from parents at a public meeting at the college conference centre.

He explained that a move to academy status would not bring dramatic curriculum changes, different school hours or a requirement to sit entrance exams.

The meeting was part of a public consultation exercise. Mr Parr-Burman said the change could happen as early as April this year.

Norfolk University Technical College plans hits the news

The details of the development of the new Norfolk University Technical College hit fthe front pages today and feedback has been highly positive, supportive and excited.

News of the conversion of an enormous disused factory on the outskirts of Norwich that has been earmarked as the site for the new UTC (subject to planning consent) has stimuated a real buzz in the local area.

Fakenham High School & College consult on Academy move with TEN Group

Governors at Fakenham High School and College have begun a consultation with parents, students and staff on proposals to become an Academy, in partnership with the Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN Group) federation.

The decision comes following a meeting of the Governors of Fakenham High School and College last week, at which there was unanimous support for taking the proposals forward for consultation with all of the School’s stakeholders.     

Businesses sign up to apprenticeship scheme


Wayland businesses have started to sign up to an apprenticeship programme with a difference for budding entrepreneurs.

An information night for the scheme, organised by Norfolk social entrepreneur Robert Ashton, was held for sponsors, business owners and MP George Freeman on Friday, November 2.

Entrepreneurs can be made ...

Dick Palmer, writing for the Eastern Daily Press, August 2012.

It is a commonly-held view that entrepreneurs are born, not made – Dick Palmer discusses this popular misconception in his recent newspaper column


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