College of West Anglia


College of West Anglia
College of West Anglia
Established 1894
Principal David Pomfret
Location King's Lynn, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Campus Multiple campuses
Former names King's Lynn Technical School
Norfolk College of Arts and Technology
Website www.cwa.ac.uk
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CWA's main campus is located in King's Lynn, and is therefore used as its location.

The College of West Anglia (often shortened to CWA) is a college of further education in Norfolk, England. Founded in 1894 as the King's Lynn Technical School in the port town of King's Lynn, Norfolk. It was renamed the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology in 1973, and in 1998 joined with the Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture and Horticulture, which added the two land-based campuses in Wisbech and Cambridge,to form the College of West Anglia. The college then merged with the Isle College in Wisbech in 2006, retaining the name College of West Anglia.[1]

History

Stephen Fry, right, rehearsing in a student production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology in 1975

The college was originally founded in 1894 as the King's Lynn Technical School. King Edward Vll Grammar School was amalgamated with the King’s Lynn Technical School in 1903.[2] In 1973 it was renamed The Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, commonly abbreviated to "Norcat". In 1998 Norcat was combined with the Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture & Horticulture, which added the two land-based campuses in Wisbech and Cambridge (Milton). In April 2006, the College merged with the Isle College in Wisbech to form the enlarged College of West Anglia, with the addition of the Isle Campus in Wisbech.[3]

On 27 February 2010 (2010-02-27), it was announced that talks are under way to save plans for a new college which is regarded as crucial to West Norfolk's regeneration. In 2009 (2009), the College of West Anglia was informed that its £100 million redevelopment plans would not receive government funding. The plans include a new King's Lynn campus, which would form the centrepiece of the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area, and plans to re-locate the Isle campus from Wisbech to a new site in March. Whitehall said no more money would be available to fund major college schemes until at least 2011 (2011). On 25 February 2010 (2010-02-25), Fenland council leader Alan Melton revealed his authority had pledged £1.5m towards the moth-balled March campus as part of a £6m investment in the future of the Fens.[4]

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