Guests spanning the 33 year legacy of East Norfolk Sixth Form College gathered on Friday evening (26 June) to celebrate the latest milestone in the development of the college campus.

The Newman Building is a state of the art facility comprising of an open access digital design suite, two photographic editing suites with darkroom facilities, a 3 dimensional design studio and workshop and specialist classrooms for graphic design, fine art and textiles. This development takes the college’s visual arts courses even more strongly into the digital age, maintaining its reputation as an outstanding provider of creative arts courses.

Principal, Daphne King, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome back former staff and students to this very special occasion. The tradition of naming buildings in honour of former staff at the college continues and it was wonderful to welcome back John Newman, after whom this latest building is named. John served as Vice Principal at the college from 1981 to 2001 and prior to that taught at Great Yarmouth Grammar School. The legacy of success for which EN is renowned, was built up from a solid foundation and John has been recognised for the important part he played in the building of those solid foundations.”

John Newman said: “During my 19 years at the College I was proud to be part of its successful growth and to applaud the outstanding achievements of its students. In my retirement I have followed with enthusiasm and considerable interest the growth in student numbers and the development of new buildings across the campus to support them, Now we have this fine building, the latest, giving further new and much needed facilities to present and future generations of students’. I am honoured and delighted to have been asked to open it – but a little sad that it necessitated the demolition of the office which was my home for those 19 years!!”

The College again commissioned Chaplin Farrant for the refurbishment of the existing classrooms and for the design of the new building. It has been especially pleasing to work with Jerene Irwin, herself a former student at East Norfolk. Jerene said: “It has been a special pleasure to create a new Art building for the College where I studied Art. This project will not only dramatically improve the students’ learning experience but also greatly improve the energy efficiency of the oldest part of the campus and create a striking and elegant new building. The new space, together with the refurbished classrooms, will provide students with the creative space which will inspire future generations in the creative arts”.

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