Col­lege praised for work with young peo­ple gets town base

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

ACOLLEGE that has con­sis­tently re­ceived Out­stand­ing Of­sted rat­ings for its work with chal­lenged and chal­leng­ing young peo­ple has se­cured new premises for a sec­ond col­lege in Tewkes­bury with ad­vice from the com­mer­cial prop­erty team at Mid­lands law firm Lod­ders.

Lod­ders part­ner Alas­tair Frew se­cured the 60,000 sqft two storey for­mer train­ing school on Tewkes­bury Busi­ness Park on a ten-year lease, to pro­vide Nor­ton Col­lege with the ‘ideal’ space, lay­out and build­ing in a per­fect lo­ca­tion for its sec­ond site.

The pri­vately op­er­ated Nor­ton Col­lege opened in Worces­ter in 2010 and ul­ti­mately reached ca­pac­ity with around 80 stu­dents ev­ery year, many of whom have turned their lives and fu­tures around, gain­ing GCSES and ‘skills for life,’ and full time work and ap­pren­tice­ships.

Alas­tair Frew, a com­mer­cial prop­erty lawyer, led Lod­ders’ team that pro­vided com­mer­cial con­veyanc­ing and land­lord and ten­ant le­gal ad­vice to Nor­ton col­lege’s board of di­rec­tors, led by long­stand­ing client and for­mer busi­ness owner Edward Mor­ris.

He said: “The com­pet­i­tive lease means the col­lege is able to open a much-need sec­ond lo­ca­tion, to ex­tend its unique sup­port of young peo­ple who have fallen out­side of the main­stream ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, from a key Glouces­ter­shire lo­ca­tion.”

In a prime lo­ca­tion on the Tewkes­bury Busi­ness Park just off Junc­tion 9 of

It will be a col­lege that will give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to be suc­cess­ful where they feel they have been let down Ian Hardicker

the M5, the de­tached warehouse and of­fice build­ing were orig­i­nally de­signed and built for train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

For the col­lege, the premises de­liver not only the size and site ideal for the pro­vi­sion of the col­lege’s ground­break­ing ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and life skills based pro­gramme, but are also highly ac­ces­si­ble for all stu­dents and the pro­fes­sion­als who sup­port them, such as so­cial work­ers.

“It was im­por­tant to se­cure the premises for the sec­ond col­lege, but es­sen­tial that the deal was made on favourable and fair fi­nan­cial lease terms,” added Mr Frew.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions also in­volved gain­ing land­lord ap­proval for a num­ber of adap­ta­tions nec­es­sary for the team to be able to de­liver the ed­u­ca­tion and work with some of so­ci­ety’s most vul­ner­a­ble and for­got­ten young peo­ple.”

Edward Mor­ris added: “Nor­ton Col­lege’s Tewkes­bury premises rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant and im­por­tant step.

“Thanks to Alas­tair’s tenac­ity, le­gal skill and at­ten­tion to de­tail at ev­ery step of the way, com­bined with ad­di­tional ad­vice from head of Lod­ders’ Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion prac­tice Jane Se­nior, the col­lege has been able to se­cure its new premises with a favourable lease.”

Ian Hardicker is ed­u­ca­tion direc­tor of Nor­ton Col­lege and he de­vised the col­lege’s ed­u­ca­tional con­cept when he left main­stream ed­u­ca­tion af­ter many years.

He said: “I left lo­cal author­ity ed­u­ca­tion to set up Nor­ton Col­lege and de­liver a rad­i­cal ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion that is based on a pro­gramme de­signed for and tai­lored to the needs of a small sec­tion of young peo­ple who have been failed by the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

“The pro­gramme re­moves the bar­ri­ers to ed­u­ca­tion for the most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple, with a cur­ricu­lum that matches their needs, wants, de­sires and as­pi­ra­tions, and treats them with kind­ness, warmth and com­pas­sion.

“The Tewkes­bury Col­lege is now on sched­ule to have forty stu­dents this aca­demic year, ful­fill­ing our ob­jec­tive to de­liver our of­fer­ing to more young peo­ple.

“It will be a col­lege that will give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to be suc­cess­ful where they feel they’ve been let down pre­vi­ously.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit lod­ders.

Ian Hardicker and Edward Mor­ris of Nor­ton Col­lege, with Alas­tair Frew from Lod­ders So­lic­i­tors, cen­tre

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