December 12 2013 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Friday, September 6, 2013
The grand opening of the UK’s first specialist science and maths sixth form took place at Norfolk’s newest free school this morning.
MP for South West Norfolk, Elizabeth Truss, was given the honour of cutting the red ribbon to officially open the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and unveiled one of the building’s science labs filled with students ready to begin a new educational journey.
In a speech to students Ms Truss revealed a worrying picture of young people going on to study science subjects and maths at a higher education level.
“Only 25pc of students in the region who get a grade B at maths go on to study [maths] A-Level, nationally it is 33pc,” she said.
“We have the lowest proportion of students doing maths at A-Level in the whole of the developed world.”
Ms Truss said she believed that the school would become a forerunner with the same types of schools set to appear across the country.
The sixth form is temporarily housed at St Peter’s House, off Cattlemarket Street, in the city centre, before it makes its final move to its permanent home at the former fire station on Bethel Street, near Norwich market.
• For the full story see tomorrow’s papers.
• Come back later to view photos of the opening.