Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form
On the 23rd of January 2012, David Prior, Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Ormiston Victory
Academy principal Rachel de Souza announced proposals
for a new Free School with the express aim, to arm Norfolks
world-class science and engineering industries with their pick
of world class-employees. They stated then that, the Norwich-
based school would become a beacon for maths and science
teaching across the country.
Rachel de Souza said, This school is for serious-minded academic students who want to go to a good university. We will aim for A and A* A-levels and we will develop close links with Oxbridge and the best universities in Britain.
On July 13th 2012 it was announced by the Education Secretary Michael Gove that the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form had been
given the go ahead. MP for South West Norfolk Liz Truss welcomed
the announcement, and said, of the Sir Isaac Newton Free
School: Taking students from across the county, its curriculum
will go beyond A-level and is supported by academics from
Cambridge University helping to build up the next generation
of engineers, mathematicians and scientists.
On October 8th 2012, it was announced that the hunt for a Principal to make the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School a
was under way. David Prior stated that they required, a principal
capable of really inspiring his or her students... They
to be a gifted mathematician or scientist in their own right. But its
not just about being academic they need to be able
get it across to students. Maths can be the most dull, turgid subject
or the most exciting, inspirational and enticing subject.
We want it to be the latter rather than the former.
The extract below, from the materials supplied to those interested in applying for the post of Principal, provides a concise
summary of the vision for the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form:
On Tuesday November 26th, the Evening News and Eastern Daily Press carried articles explaining that Dr Mark Evans had been appointed as the first Principal of the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form.