Is this 57-feet tall tower Norfolk’s strangest classroom?

15:00 10 March 2014

The University Technical College Norfolk

The University Technical College Norfolk'’s tower


A 57-feet tall tower has been added to the building which will house Norfolk’s first university technical college.

University Technical College Norfolk said the structure on its home on Old Hall Road, Norwich, will be the county’s first ‘vertical classroom’, which students will use to test aerodynamics.

As well as providing an innovative testing lab for the UTC students, the vertical classroom – which is yellow on the outside of the tower – also provides a striking architectural centrepiece for the building.

The UTC said it has already received more than 275 applications from potential students.

Principal Alex Hayes said: “A learning environment that is both innovative and stimulating, is key to encouraging more students to study science, technology, engineering and maths.

“These subjects are vital if we are to foster the next generation of engineers. UTC Norfolk will provide students, not only with a strong academic grounding, but also the opportunity to apply their skills through practical learning and technical challenges developed with employers in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

“As well as the vertical classroom, I think many students will be excited at the chance to get their hands on £1.3m worth of specialist engineering and scientific equipment. This is equipment which is not normally found in schools and will provide many unique learning experiences.”

Details of upcoming events and how to apply can be found on the UTC website


  • From what I hear its also going to be one of Norfolk's emptiest classrooms.

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I think the concept is a good one and perhaps the naysayers should wait and see how it performs rather than damning it before it's even open.

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Good idea N. Lets send the future of Norfolk off to join a school dreamt up on a political whim with no track record of success led by someone with a history of senior management in failing schools. The idea of broadening the curriculum for Norfolk students is clearly a good one, but not via a new school which is basically a City College annexe

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    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Of course the UTC are going to say they have had 275 potential applicants as no one can verify this statement. It is great to see Alex Hayes as the new Principal, who came from being the Vice Principal at the Open Academy when he left was on 34% A*-C and Ofsted report of "Requires Improvement", may be this success can be transferred to the new UTC

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • From what I hear its also going to be one of Norfolk's emptiest classrooms.

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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