‘This seems to be an ego trip’ - Reaction to move to split Dereham Sixth Form College

Dereham Sixth Form College has been run by the two schools since 1977. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham Sixth Form College has been run by the two schools since 1977. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Pupils from Dereham Sixth Form College (DSFC) have started a campaign to save the college after Neatherd High School announced it would split from the institution.

https://storify.com/edp24/students-take-to-twitter-in-a-bid-to-save-dereham-

The #savingdsfc hashtag has been shared on Twitter with students arguing that keeping DSFC would benefit the town and the wider community. It has got the attention of Harry Potter star Chris Rankin, a former Northgate High School pupil, who called the decision appalling.

Students have also reached out for support from Donald Trump, Juan Mata and Bill Gates.

It comes as Dereham Neatherd High School's governors decided to establish its own facility on the current DSFC site from September, leaving its partnership with Dereham Northgate High School after 40 years.A petition has been set up to save the partnership between the schools and has received over 850 signatures so far.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter