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College heads to talk to town business people

Monday, 9th May 2011.

The two head teachers spearheading the education revolution in Haverhill will be talking to local businesses about it this month.

The bestofhaverhill will hold its next business meeting on Thursday, May 19 at The Days Inn, Haverhill, from 10am to 11.30am, and under
the continuing theme of Wanting The Best For Haverhill will have guest speakers from Haverhill’s two outstanding colleges.

Heads Madeleine Vigar of Castle Manor Business & Enterprise College and Howard Lay of Samuel Ward Academy will give an update on the huge changes taking place in education and the impact they will undoubtedly have on the town's future workforce.

Ms Vigar and Mr Lay are passionate about the future of education and have worked tirelessly to turn the town’s colleges into successful and respected centres of excellence.

Samuel Ward received Outstanding Academy status in November last year and Castle Manor Business & Enterprise College received the go-ahead to become an all-through academy, for five to nineteen-year-olds, in March this year.

Both colleges are highly aspirational. Pupils benefit from innovative teaching techniques and a nurturing environment in which they are valued for who they are and encouraged to make the right choices with regard to education, behavior and lifestyle.

Many people not directly involved in the education sector may be unaware of the full extent and impact of the huge changes already taking place in education and set to continue under the Coalition Government.

From the introduction of free schools and academies, the cancellation of projects under the Building Schools for the Future initiative, international GSCEs and the raising of the school leaving age in 2013, education in the UK is undergoing a revolution.

Elaine Carr, owner of thebestofhaverhill said: “We are very fortunate, in Haverhill, to have such successful upper schools for our young people to attend.

"Both head teachers are inspirational and have been the driving force behind turning the town’s schools into something special not only within Suffolk but nationally.

"As a town I think we should be very proud of what has been achieved at Castle Manor and Samuel Ward. As a business community we should be supporting both colleges, in any way we can, to achieve even greater success.

"I hope the local business community will take this opportunity to join bestofhaverhill and to learn first-hand about the changes taking place in education which are, undoubtedly, going to affect the workforce of the future.”

If you would like to attend this free event at The Days Inn Haverhill please call Elaine Carr on 01440 710 158 or email Haverhill@thebestof.co.uk by Monday 16th May.

If would you like to find out more about thebestofhaverhill visit www.thebestof.co.uk/haverhill.

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