Celebration marks the official merger of two well-known colleges
PUBLISHED: 17:55 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:55 01 December 2017
One principal bowed out as another was welcomed on board at an opening day marking the merger of two well-respected colleges.
Paston Sixth Form College (PSFC) in North Walsham and City College Norwich (CCN) celebrated the start of their merger - and renaming of PSFC to Paston College - on Friday.
Corrienne Peasgood, who will now be principal at both colleges, said: “Both colleges were rated good by Ofsted and we will work together to get an outstanding Ofsted rating in the future.
“This will create a financially sustainable college, and today is the first day of our shared history.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Grieve, formerly principal at Paston, has stepped down after almost six years in charge.
He said: “It has been a privilege to be principal of this wonderful college and I will leave with many happy memories.”
The 54-year-old has no plans to retire yet and added: “I want to spend time with my family over Christmas but I will be setting up my own education and careers consultancy in 2018 supported by my partner.
Matt Colmer, chairman of governors for the colleges, said: “It’s a momentous day for the college. We understand the history of Paston school and will ensure that traditions associated with it are protected. Equally, we can see an opportunity to broaden the offer to students in north Norfolk.”
Nicola Lucking, the former chairman of governors at Paston, who is stepping down, said: “I have served as chairman for seven years and, as I ride out into the sunset, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me.
“I would also like to praise the students who are a credit to the school. I have never seen a fight or a brawl at the school.”
A consultation into plans to merge the colleges was announced in May. The results presented a mixed picture, with 51pc saying they were in favour, and 43pc against.
The merger was criticised by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and some parents concerned that Paston, which was founded in 1606 as a free school by Sir William Paston, would lose its identity.