Classroom up and running for budding entrepreneurs in Dereham

Watch out Alan Sugar and Peter Jones - budding entrepreneurs are ready for business after a high-tech classroom was opened at a Dereham school.

The new space at Neatherd High School, which used to be an old computer teaching room, was officially opened today by 21-year-old Kieran Miles, managing director of Ultimate Impact Media in Norwich.

He started up the communication company aged just 17 with his business partner, Alex Pond, after finishing a two-year national diploma in business and retail at Norwich's City College.

Speaking about the classroom to the pupils, he said: 'This is very boardroom, Alan Sugar-esque...You have got this great opportunity - it is going to be amazing!'

The room was transformed from a 'dull and dingy room', according to the school's premises manager, Jay Spalding, who refurbished the room at a cost of around �33,000 with the help of three other people.

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Work started just before the end of the summer term this year and was completed in eight weeks.

Money for the project came from the Mid Norfolk Partnership which has links with Norfolk County council and works with schools in the area.

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Students who choose to take the new two-year IT diploma, launched by Neatherd High School at the start of this term, will be able to use the new room which includes 31 computers and laptops as well as four iPads.

Peter Devonish, headteacher of Neatherd High School, said: 'It is fantastic. We are really pleased for the students to have resources of this quality to allow them to develop their IT and entrepreneurialship skills.'

Teenagers aged 14, 15 and 16 can take part in the diploma, which is equivalent to seven A to C level GCSEs.

Currently there are 12 students on the new course and pupils from Litcham High School, Fakenham High School the Alderman Peel High School, in Wells, Aylsham High School, Reepham High School, the Fred Nicholson Special School, in Dereham, and Northgate High School, also in Dereham, can take part in the diploma.

-Thieves stole eight computers from a locked classroom at the Neatherd High School at the weekend.

The theft happened between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Sunday while the school was hosting a football match.

All the computers are security marked with the building's name and three people were seen acting suspiciously around a vehicle close to the school between the times when the offence took place.

Anyone with information should contact Dereham Police Station on 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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