A brand new event for parents wanting to choose the best school or college for their children will be held this November near Norwich.
The East Anglia Schools Show 2016 will be the first of its kind for the region and will feature an engaging line-up of guest speakers as well as a wide range of schools and leading sixth form colleges across both the state and independent sector.
The show will be open to schools and colleges in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
It is being organised by education marketing consultant Ed Hill, who has worldwide experience in the sector including in New York, London and Texas; and media consultant Lee Todd, the owner of publishing company Just Regional.
“Parents want the very best for their children but finding the best can be a very time consuming activity in terms of travelling to various open days,” said Mr Hill.
“This event, which is the region’s only school show to include the independent sector, gives families the opportunity to meet a wide variety of schools under one roof.
“And for the schools sector it provides a guaranteed group of people looking for places at the best schools, whether they are state or independent schools, or sixth form colleges.
“From professional experience of dealing with independent schools and colleges advertising in a wide range of media, there is a real appetite for schools wanting to meet parents in this kind of arena.
“There will be an extensive advertising campaign across various media outlets to promote the event and we expect high levels of interest.”
Valerie Moore, chief executive of the RightforSuccess Trust, said: “We’re thrilled to be taking part in the East Anglia Schools Show.
“It gives us an opportunity to showcase the excellent work we’re doing at key locations, including our Stalham Academy, Sewell Park Academy and Eaton Hall Specialist Academy, as well as communicate our plans for future developments in meeting our objectives of delivering outstanding learning at every school stage.”
Fiona O’Hara, Co-Director at St Nicholas House Prep School and Nursery, said: “We are delighted to be attending the East Anglia Schools Show. We look forward to meeting parents looking for childcare from age 2 to school age and welcoming visitors to our Stand.”
The event will also play host to several guest speakers who will hold talks on various education subjects within a specially designed education theatre at the venue.
There will also be refreshments available with seating, allowing visitors an opportunity to reflect on the schools they have met with.
The show will be held at the 16th century Sprowston Manor on November 20, using the large and impressive exhibition hall and is open from 10am to 4pm, with free car parking.
In future years the event will move around the region to other county towns and cities.
Ed Hill – One of the people behind the East Anglia Schools Show.
The event will be held at the splendid Sprowston Manor.