East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston to become academy

East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Gorleston. Photo: Archant Library

East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Gorleston. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: East Norfolk Sixth Form College

A college has announced plans to work closer with neighbouring schools while keeping its independence.

Principal of East Norfolk Sixth Form College Dr Catherine Richards.
Picture: James Bass

Principal of East Norfolk Sixth Form College Dr Catherine Richards. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston has announced its intention to form a multi-academy trust.

This over arching body will seek to collaborate with other schools, while maintaining high standards at the college.

Following a review of further education and sixth form colleges locally, the Education and Skills Funding Agency recommended the college should seek to become an academy or remain as an autonomous organisation.

As part of this development in the sixth form college's future, the governing body is intending to dissolve in order to convert to a multi-academy trust.

The college will retain its independence and will not be asked to merge with others.

Principal, Dr Catherine Richards, said: 'There will be no change in the character or ethos of the college, in fact, academisation enables the College to continue to develop the curriculum, further enhance our existing outstanding teaching and focus on the needs of students and our community.'

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As a multi-academy trust, the college will continue to work corroboratively with neighbouring colleges to ensure a coherent offer is available to all local students and to achieve the following:

• Teaching School status with a focus on 16-19 improvement.

• Specialist Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) status for schools and sixth form improvement

• Enhanced local teaching expertise to support increased outcomes for all.

Dr Richards added: 'East Norfolk is a community college, specialising in 16-19 education. Our vision is to continue to provide outstanding learning experiences for our students and to safeguard the ethos and way of working that we wish to preserve for future generations. 'Academisation will support this and allow us to focus on our continued journey towards Ofsted outstanding status.

'This is about changing the legal structure of the college for the benefit of students and staff. We are not setting up an increased management structure. Any additional funding we receive is earmarked for further investment in the education of our students and supporting our staff.'

You can respond to a consultation on the proposals by emailing or writing to the principal or the clerk to the governors at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Church Lane, Gorleston, NR31 7BQ. consultation@eastnorfolk.ac.uk by August 20.

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