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Paston and City College merger plans

Paston Sixth Forma and Norwich City College are in discussions on closer working to widen choice of courses available in North Norfolk.

The proposal for a merger between the two colleges is a recommendation arising from the Area Review of Post-16 Education and Training in Norfolk and Suffolk, which has been led by the FE commissioner, Richard Atkins.

The aim is to provide young people in North Norfolk with a greater choice of courses at 16, with less distance to travel to access these opportunities.

The colleges, both of which have recent ‘Good’ ratings from Ofsted, will begin a public consultation in June working towards a merger. The final decisiowill rest with the governing bodies of each college. If given the go ahead, a new partnership between the two colleges could be in place by December 2017.

A joint statement from Paston Sixth Form College and City College Norwich, said: “We are exploring opportunities for a potential merger, in order to increase and enhance the choice and breadth of A-level, further education, apprenticeships and degree level courses.

Our objective is to better serve the needs and aspirations of young people and ensure a skilled, local workforce for both emerging and established industries and in the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership priority sectors. Our approach has been to look at where we can complement existing strengths, and enhance provision, particularly where there are identified gaps.

“Students, parents and staff in both institutions can rest assured that each college remains committed to maintaining and developing our recognised strengths and distinct specialisms.”

College student take-over really takes off

City College Norwich’s hospitality, catering and travel and tourism students took 180 guests on a culinary journey with Takeover Airways at this year’s flight-themed Hotel Takeover gala dinner which took place at the Holiday Inn Norwich North on Thursday (March 3).

Students welcomed guests to the Lancaster Suite through an aircraft door, which was built by the college’s level 3 carpentry students, before encouraging them to go through ‘check in’ and ‘boarding’ to register attendance and find their seats. Guests were then given a musical safety demonstration and ‘in flight’ entertainment by the college’s level 3 travel and tourism students before being served a three-course meal by the college’s hospitality and catering students.

Level 2 travel and tourism students joined forces with some of the college’s art and design students to ensure that the room was fully decorated to reflect the theme which included individually designed papier mâché globes for the tables and large mural style artwork that showed the view from an aircraft.

The annual gala dinner, which helps to raise money for hospitality charity Springboard and the college’s Student Opportunities Fund, forms part of the college’s award winning Hotel Takeover initiative.

Staff  took a step back to allow students to take on their jobs for five full days, covering everything from reception, to housekeeping, bar management, food preparation, food service and supervisory and management roles.

Norwich International Airport staff also took a step back to allow seven travel and tourism students to work on the customer service and information desk, check-in desk and boarding.
Since the first hotel takeover in 1998, the number of students involved has grown each year and is now one of the most ambitious student work experience events in the UK.

Left row, front-back – Travel and Tourism students Alice Pearce, Melissa Bygrave, Katie Alexander, Abby Buckle, Paige Wiles, Bethany Garner, Ellen Long, Emma Beck and Emma Jermy Right row, front-back – Travel and Tourism students Caitlin Martin, Jennifer Turner, Billie-Jo Bailey, Ben Rayner, Chloe Lipscombe, Wiktoria Wypych, Georgia Lawton, Ellie Girling and Sam Norton Picture credit: Tracey Tutt

Left row, front-back – Travel and Tourism students Alice Pearce, Melissa Bygrave, Katie Alexander, Abby Buckle, Paige Wiles, Bethany Garner, Ellen Long, Emma Beck and Emma Jermy
Right row, front-back – Travel and Tourism students Caitlin Martin, Jennifer Turner, Billie-Jo Bailey, Ben Rayner, Chloe Lipscombe, Wiktoria Wypych, Georgia Lawton, Ellie Girling and Sam Norton
Picture credit: Tracey Tutt

City College says ‘get in touch’ to former students

Students and staff, past and present, are being invited by the college to share their memories and experiences of their time at City College Norwich.  These will be featured on a dedicated website to be launched later this month.

Anyone who attended City College Norwich or who has worked for the college is invited to submit their stories, together with any photographs from their time there at www.ccn.ac.uk/alumni.

If you prefer you can write in to the college, enclosing any hard copy photos you are willing to share (which we be returned after being scanned) address written correspondence to: CCN125, New Media, Marketing and Communications Department, City College Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2LJ.

A series of anniversary events is planned over the next 12 months and City College Norwich is seeking to involve as many people as possible – including alumni, former and current members of staff, the many employers who work with the college, and current students.

The college’s official birthday falls on November 13, 125 years since the establishment of Norwich’s first technical school in 1891.

Former students and staff will be invited back to the college in the summer for a special 125th anniversary reunion and summer fair, which will be open to the public.  There will also be a 125th birthday celebration event at the college in November, involving many of the key people and partners who have helped make City College Norwich what it is today.

Students take over Hellesdon hotel

Hospitality students gained some real hands-on experience in February when they “took over” Holiday Inn Norwich-North for two days. The 80 City College Norwich students were involved in all aspects of running the hotel, from the reception, housekeeping and kitchens, to two students who took on the general manager position. Continue reading