Dereham sixth form college sees rise in numbers


Recent successes at Dereham sixth form college have sparked a surge in new pupil admissions.

However, such a rapid rise has prompted longer-term questions about funding as the site nears its capacity, according to EDP24.

The college in Norfolk has completed its interview stage and will have 580 pupils in September this year, notably more than the tally of 403 from 2011.

This 44 per cent rise is being attributed to the broad variety of A-level and vocational courses the college offers.

While the college’s academic success is being celebrated, its senior management team are currently deciding how best to cope with the influx of new students.

The college has already built a new cafe at the end of 2012, while £180,000 was put towards a double-eco classroom for psychology classes.

One solution mentioned by deputy director Chris Smith was to spend £500,000 on a new-build block, which would have both new classrooms and a new hall.

A hall was especially high on the priority list as the college was “desperate” for a space that could “hold a large amount of people for exams and assemblies”.