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33 years of Ofsted ‘Good’ practice and outstanding teaching will be brought together as East Norfolk and Paston Sixth Form Colleges propose to merge to further inspire young people in Norfolk and North Suffolk.

Sixth Form College education is a very strong and successful part of Norfolk’s curriculum offer for young people post 16. Combined, the two colleges are responsible for teaching a significant number of A Level students across Norfolk and North Suffolk. The proposed merger will bring two of the very best of A-Level providers together and preserve a curriculum model that allows the colleges to continue to thrive.

East Norfolk and Paston Sixth Form Colleges are 16-18 specialists with a long tradition of excellent results, with both Colleges rated good by Ofsted. Both are extremely proud of the number of students who progress on to top universities, high quality employment and apprenticeships. Each year more than 700 students leave East Norfolk and Paston Sixth Form Colleges to go on to some of the most prestigious universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Lorna Anderson, Chair of Governors at East Norfolk, said ‘East Norfolk and Paston share a clear vision for the future in terms of working together and becoming outstanding. The proposed merger is building on the existing excellent relationship between the two Sixth Form Colleges and a continuation of existing collaboration.’ 

Nicola Lucking, Chair of Corporation at Paston Sixth Form College, added ‘The Colleges have always worked closely together, and the merger builds on this successful collaboration. Both have a strong tradition and ethos, providing an outstanding experience for all students. Current partnership work and further development will allow us to improve our provision and enhance the range of opportunities for students’.

Brandon Lewis, Great Yarmouth MP, commented 'Two renowned and respected colleges are combining their skills and expertise to further inspire young people in Norfolk and North Suffolk. This is a proactive step by both colleges to ensure their legacy of outstanding teaching will be safeguarded for the future.

Both colleges are rated good by OFSTED, and are specialists in 16-18 education, offering a huge range of courses. They are responsible for teaching a significant number of A Level students across Norfolk and North Suffolk and have a proud legacy for the high numbers of students who progress to top universities, having sent 12 students to Oxbridge last year. Students at East Norfolk and Paston Colleges also go on to high quality employment and apprenticeships with a variety of local, national and multinational firms.

The coming together of these two colleges is a unique opportunity to build on a range of exciting partnerships, such as the link with Norwich City FC and other local businesses.'

Both Colleges offer a huge range of courses ranging from Science, Mathematics, Humanities, English and Art. Additionally, courses on offer between the two community Sixth Form Colleges include specialist subjects such as Criminology, Games Design, Geology, Graphics and Photography; courses that are often not available in small schools and free school sixth forms. 

Uniting these two leading Sixth Form Colleges together will allow further development of the A level and vocational offers in both communities. The Colleges are already sharing knowledge and expertise in terms of teaching, learning and the delivery of the curriculum. This will be enhanced further through sport, drama, volunteering, work experience, Duke of Edinburgh, trips, visits and much more. Both Sixth Form Principals are excited to develop this opportunity and to offer even more choice to the students of Norfolk and North Suffolk.

Recognising the long term challenges facing the education sector, the two colleges have proactively and positively opted for structural change, through the proposed merger. This ambitious decision by the Governing Bodies will lead to further improvements. Both Governing Bodies are committing to a comprehensive consultation on the proposed merger with students, parents and all stakeholders to embrace their views.

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