Here, we provide you with some of the fantastic memories we have received from former students at the City College Norwich. Get in touch if you’d like to share your own!
Victoria Astley studied BTEC Health Studies at City College Norwich from 1994-1996.
“Our course leader was a lady called Pauline. I remember a lot of our lessons/lectures being in a porta cabin! I remember some amazing lecturers, however can’t remember their names! Our course involved 1 day a week at a placement: this was on Mondays. In the 2nd year we had the opportunity to go away for 5 days to a holiday camp in Lowestoft to help physically disabled adults with their holiday. Lots of memories were made and all were good!
After finishing my course at City College I went to university and trained to be a general nurse. After that I travelled around Australia before living in Lancashire for 10 years where I went back to university to do the BsC Community Specialist Practitioner degree in Practice Nursing (finishing with a 2:1)!
I am currently working at a probate hospital with adults who all have some degree of learning disabilities & mental health problems/illness.”
Emma Martin (was Nash) studied BTEC First Diploma in Care and NNEB at City College Norwich from 1993-1996.
“I had a brilliant time at college! The memories that stick out most were our course residential visits. One of these was to Easton College and my favourite one was to London. Tutors that stand out in my mind were Mary Percy (who was great fun and who got me through my BTEC) and Ruth Webb (who started me on my NNEB). Most of our lessons were in the H Block. It always looked like it was falling apart but I loved the sausage rolls and cups of tea in the canteen there. That block had so much personality. I also met one of my long-time friends at college. To this day, we are still in touch.
I still look back very fondly on these years of as some of the best years of my life!
When I left City College, I became a nanny for a while and worked in nurseries and as a home carer. I was a chairperson for a while for a resident board for Wherry Housing but as family commitments changed I wanted to be at home.
I’m a married mum of three girls (with one on the way) and am involved in my church.”
Louise Shanks (was Daniels) studied NNEB at City College Norwich from 1983-1985.
“My memories include Mrs Parkinson, who interviewed me and subsequently taught me so much about working with young children. I also remember Shelian Seenet (I think that was her name) who taught us the health side of young children.
Since leaving Norwich City College I have always worked with young children. I was head nanny at a hotel in Cromer, worked for many years as a teaching assistant, completed my degree about 10 years ago and then lastly did teacher training. I have taught most primary year groups, have completed maths specialist training and currently teach nursery alongside leading maths in a primary school. I’ve been a bit busy!
I currently teach nursery and am maths subject leader in a primary school.”
Mandy Burgell studied NNEB at City College Norwich from 1987-1990.
“I loved my time at Norwich City College! The course was great, most of the tutors were lovely and we had a mad social life too. I made some good mates and would love to find some of them to catch up.
After leaving, I pursued a career in nursery nursing, then had a change of career to run a pub. I had a son in 1994, then ran a local playgroup for a while. Since then, I have been living in Burgh Castle, and now work with adults who have learning disabilities.
I currently live with my little dog, and am working with adults who have learning disabilities.”
Su Booty studied NNEB at City College Norwich from 1979-1981.
“My memories of college involve hilarious fun!
I remember having to wear a leotard to do some music and movement type thing and doing a piece to Bohemian Rhapsody. To this day I still think of the fun we had when I hear that music. Now, much later in life I have a 2:1 degree: BA Honours in Early Years. I graduated in my ADCE (Advanced Diploma in Childcare Education) at Reading Technology College. Since then, I have been a nanny, a school matron, worked in day care nurseries and travelled around the World. My current role is a Deputy Manager in a children’s nursery as part of a Children’s Centre in South East London”
Dean started studying at City College in 2010, before going on to become a member of staff.
“I started my further education journey in Grantham, Lincolnshire where I studied Life Skills for 1 year before moving to Norfolk with my family in August 2010. This is when my CCN life began. I was unsure as to which course to do, so went to the Advice Shop, and was lucky enough to get a place on one of only a few courses available at that stage of the year! I then started my Hospitality and Catering course within School 1, formally Foundation studies, with Charlotte Hiom. The course was enjoyable however it was a little easy for me, so I often found myself supporting my peers in lessons.
My course was more work experience based during the second year. It included having visits to the Vauxhall Community Hub, where the Level 1 Health and Social Care was being run at the time. From those work experience opportunities I decided to pursue a career in caring for others. This involved a college application form and an interview with Amanda Sheehy who took me on based on the experience I already had. The next year involved me attending my Level 1 course at the Vauxhall Community Hub. I found this course really useful! Especially the location and set up of the course, as it really fitted my needs and gave me the most work experience opportunities possible. It was face to face situations on a daily basis, providing me not only with work skills but caring skills too.
I was encouraged to apply for Level 2 Health and Social Care at City College for the following year. Rob Clegg, Mary-Ann Foxcroft and Mike Beardsley were the driving force behind my completion of the Level 2 Health and Social Care course: whilst I passed, I found the classroom side of it quite challenging as I prefer to learn visually and by taking part.
Since finishing my courses I have been lucky enough to remain at City College working as a member of staff. My current role is with CCN Active, where I am a mini sport maker. In this role I organise general programmes for students and staff, showing a list of what you can do at City College Norwich. I also organise football and basketball teams.”
Kerry Norfolk was at CCN in 2009, studying Access to Higher Education.
“My best memories are of lecturer Barbara Smedley. She is an inspiration to my learning. When the going got tough she was always there with a warming smile of encouragement saying “you can do it!!” Barbara has a natural flair with pupils: she has an ability to captivate a room, demonstrating her knowledge and passion for psychology beautifully.
Whilst I was at City College I married and had a baby. My husband Sam Norfolk is currently studying at City College Norwich in his final year of early childhood studies. After finishing my course, I went on to do a Social Work Degree at UCS.”