Chesterton gains Technology College status


Following support by the Cambridge Network in its 'Technologists of Tomorrow' campaign, Chesterton Community College has succeeded in its bid to become a specialist Technology College.

The award, effective from 1st September 2001, has been given by the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) as recognition of the way in which the college plans to develop the use of technology in education. It means additional funding to the college in excess of 500,000.

The college secured sponsorship from Cambridge colleges, local businesses and individuals keen to see education benefit from the opportunities the college will be able to offer through increased provision. The confidence of sponsors is an essential part of the bid that was presented last October. Equipment, staffing levels and buildings will all be improved as a result.

Mel Collins, Deputy Head, led the submission. She worked closely with the partner schools, business partners, parents, governors, pupils and staff to ensure that the plans reflected the way in which Cambridge will develop as a place of employment and learning.

Anne Campbell MP gave her personal support in the final stages when Her Majesty's Inspectors presented their report to the Minister for Education.

As a Community College, the new facilities at Chesterton will be accessible to large numbers of people. This, together with the sports hall, due for completion in 2001, will mean a dramatic improvement in the facilities in the north of the city.

Beverly Jones, Principal, is delighted that the college has been able to forge new links with the business community and local schools. The financial gains of Technology College Status will be passed to pupils at the college and all of those attending the partner primary, secondary and Post-16 establishments.

Mrs Jones paid tribute to the large number of people who gave so much time to the plans. ' I am delighted that we have been awarded Technology College Status as this will bring so many new opportunities for pupils and staff. The benefits of working closely with the business community and all of the parents and friends of the college who shared their expertise have already helped to bring the plans into practice. Thank you to everyone!'