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Joy for Future Education pupils after GCSE success

PUBLISHED: 08:41 27 August 2011

Parents of children who are educated at the Future Education facility in Motum road, Norwich are worried after receiving letters telling them that it will close and their children will be sent elsewhere.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Parents of children who are educated at the Future Education facility in Motum road, Norwich are worried after receiving letters telling them that it will close and their children will be sent elsewhere. Photo by Simon Finlay

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Students who were permanently excluded from school celebrated academic success on Thursday when they found out they had passed their GCSEs.

All year 11 students who completed their studies at Future Education, which is threatened with closure because of a Norfolk County Council funding cut, achieved grades in English, maths and science together with BTEC Level 2 extended certificates in IT, which is the equivalent to two GCSE grade Cs.

The students had missed large periods of education because of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

Headteacher Dennis Freeman said: “Our results show that there is a continuing need to offer students who have been permanently excluded an academic route which will enable them to move on to further education, training or employment.

“All of our year 11 students have either started training, employment or are waiting to start college courses in September.

“These results are the reward for their hard work and for all the staff at Future Projects who have supported both students and their families.”

But the school could close after a council proposal to withdraw its academic contract. This is why the Evening News is calling on Norfolk County Council to reinstate the academic contract for Future Education so it can continue to do its unique work for our children.

Some students also chose to take additional BTEC level 2 extended certificates.

Those with notable successes include Sean Flynn who also achieved certificates in information technology, countryside and environment and creative media production, Hayden Potter who also achieved information technology and creative media production and Kayleigh Marshall-Nichols, who achieved certificates in information technology and art and design.

Operations manager Daniel Childerhouse said: “100pc of our students passed and we couldn’t ask for more.

“We understand that when children come to us they haven’t got as many prospects and some people have written them off.

“They can go on to further education or employment but our aim is to get as many of them as possible into further and higher education.”

Future Education has links with City College Norwich, where students can continue their learning.

To support the Future campaign tell us why Future Education should be saved on Twitter by using the hash tag #saveourfuture, “like” Future Education on Facebook or write to eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

To find our how your school fared, log on to www.eveningnews24.co.uk

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