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Fresh focus for high school

PUBLISHED: 21:52 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

BENJAMIN Britten High School, in Lowestoft, has announced a change in specialism.

The school, which had been a specialist technology college with applied learning for the past 12 years, has become a maths and computing college with applied learning.

BENJAMIN Britten High School, in Lowestoft, has announced a change in specialism.

The school, which had been a specialist technology college with applied learning for the past 12 years, has become a maths and computing college with applied learning.

“As a maths and computing college we are able to offer our students the best facilities, coupled with the highest standards of tuition, and supportive, caring staff; this has helped our students achieve measurable results with year on year increase,” said headteacher Trevor Osborne.

“The courses and extra curricular experiences we offer are selected to allow our students to develop as individuals and to carve out the path that suits them best, all the while being able to fall back on the support of a strong pastoral system.”

The school first expressed an interest to change specialism prior to its Ofsted inspection in March. After receiving a good report, the school contacted the Department for Children, Schools and Families, who agreed that the move would fit with the school and Lowestoft.

“There are three other technology colleges in the region, but no other maths and ICT specialists in the north Suffolk area,” said Mr Osborne.

“We feel the nature of the town has changed and the nature of employment has changed. Our students have changed as well, with more focus on national and international opportunities.”

As part of the process to change specialism, the school had to develop a business plan, stating how important the move was, while also evaluation its own strengths and weaknesses.

The immediate effect on students will be that they will no longer all have to study a technology subject, while in the long term the school's maths and ICT departments will be significantly strengthened.

“We think its good news for the town. It is a fantastic time for education in Lowestoft and this will allow us to bring national excellence in maths and ICT into the school,” said Mr Osborne.

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