Students sneak a peek into new Reepham college building

Students at a north Norfolk high school which will start to offer post-16 education for the first time from September got a peek into what will be their new sixth form centre last week.

Students at Reeham High School, which will start to offer post-16 education for the first time from September, got a peek into what will be their new sixth form centre last week.

More than 150 applications have already been made for places at the school's new college, currently being built in the grounds.

And the hunt is now on for teachers. Advertisements are being placed, particularly for teachers of subjects which are new to Reepham, including psychology, philosophy, sociology, business studies and economics.

The new �5.3m college building, due to open in September, would have a capacity to house 225 students

Work started in summer last year and the building recently had its roof put on.

The new building will be strong on creative media with hi tech sound rooms, an animation suite, a learning resources centre with 60 computers, an ICT suite with 30 computers, a lecture hall and flexible teaching spaces.

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Applications have been received from schools all over the county, including Aylsham, Wood Dene, Fakenham, Greshams, Hellesdon, Dereham and Cromer.

Some 145 prospective students have also visited the school and met John Randall, college director. Future students are also given a tour of the school site by existing Year 11 students.

A day of activities is planned for July when it is hoped all the college students will come together for a day of fun and team building.

A list of courses has been finalised and induction procedures and timetables are being planned.

Links are also being established with the University of East Anglia and in March Mr Randall will be spending three days at Cambridge University for the same purpose.

He is also visiting Trondheim in Norway at Easter to establish an international link, which may allow a number of Norwegian students to attend Reepham College and the possibility of return secondments to Trondheim.

A new field is also going to be created on land currently used for agriculture as part of the work thanks to �116,000 from Norfolk County Council.

It will have a full size cricket pitch created and a 400m running track.

The build is being funded by a �5.3m grant from the Learning Skills Council and will accommodate 225 pupils.

It is hoped it will offer everything from the International Baccalaureate to A levels and vocational qualifications, including new diplomas.

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