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Could EN be a record breaker for students becoming staff

East Norfolk Sixth Form College could hold the record for the number of former students who now work in the same place they were taught.

Around 40 members of the current staff at EN are former students which is an incredible statistic and highlights the unique bond between the college and staff. It also reinforces the college’s status as an integral part of the community as an employer and its reputation for developing talented staff for the local area.

EN Principal, Dr Catherine Richards, said: “I’ve said for some time that it is great to be in Great Yarmouth and there is no better confirmation of this when you continue to see former students wanting to return to EN as teachers and support staff. To have around 40 former alumni on the staff is amazing and must surely be some sort of record. It also sends an incredibly powerful message to the local community and future generations of students, that EN is an amazing place to study and that Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are fantastic places to work.”

Six of the eight middle managers at the college are former EN students, working in roles ranging from the Assistant Principal to Curriculum Team Leaders.

Dr Richards added: “It makes me immensely proud that we continue to grow and develop our staff with our former students. The fact that they leave us, progress to university, apprenticeships or employment and then have that desire to return is truly amazing. It is also great for the local area, that so many former students choose to enhance their skills and experiences and then return here to work across a whole range of local industries.”

Some of those staff members that have left and then returned into a variety of roles have shared their reasons why.

‘As a student, I really blossomed at EN, and discovered I was capable of more than I thought. I went off to university and had the best time, all because of the support I received here as a student. I therefore relished the opportunity to come back as a staff member, to pass on that encouragement and support that I received. Kaileb Bryant – Cover Supervisor

‘I wanted to come back and teach at EN because I felt inspired by my chosen subject (Sociology) and had the best teacher and so wanted to offer that support and inspire young people in the same way that my teacher did for me. The support that I received whilst studying here helped me turn my life around and I really wouldn’t be where I am without having studied here. India Loveland - Teacher

‘I was a student from 2001-2003. After completing my degree/teacher training and then teaching in Saffron Walden for a couple of years I knew I wanted to focus on teaching A-level Maths. Having been a student at EN I knew that it would be a fantastic place to work with friendly colleagues and deserving students.’ – Tom Cheongvee – CTL Maths & IT

‘After having a fantastic experience as a student here, the opportunities, help and support from my teachers provided me with a real sense of pride and belonging at the college and inspired me to become a teacher. The opportunity to return to the college as a teacher came up and I jumped at the chance to return (again).– Ryan Farrow – PE Teacher

‘Returning to EN as the Marketing Manager in 2014 felt like coming home. I had the best three years of my life as a student here and always knew that one day I would come back to this amazing place. It’s a privilege to work with the most outstanding team of people every day, teaching staff and support staff, and to see students continue to flourish and excel year after year.’ – Jon Dack – Admissions & Marketing Manager