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Landmark college plans for Thetford

PUBLISHED: 09:37 03 July 2009 | UPDATED: 21:36 07 July 2010

AN ambitious plan to create a new landmark college for students in the centre Thetford has taken a step forward.

AN ambitious plan to create a new landmark college for students in the centre Thetford has taken a step forward.

The “Thetford Forum” will see the creation of a new 'iconic' building in the town to provide post-16 education for youngsters alongside plans to build a new bus interchange.

The county council's ruling cabinet has now pledged £400,000 towards a feasibility study for the project ahead of signing a 'memorandum of understanding' between the partners.

Sponsors must submit a formal bid to ministers by December to get access to millions of pounds of government funds.

The project is part of an overhaul of schooling which could see the creation of two new specialist academies in the town and a focus on vocational courses for 16 year-olds, and 14-year-olds in some cases.

The two schemes are at the heart of plans to regenerate the town centre and cope with plans for thousands of new homes as part of Thetford's 'growth point' status.

The concept is a joint initiative backed by the town's two high schools, Norfolk County Council, Breckland Council, Thetford Town Council, the Learning and Skills Council, Easton College, and West Suffolk College.

It is also being supported by South-West Norfolk MP Christopher Fraser who has lobbied ministers to back the scheme.

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