18th January 2005
The Port of Felixstowe has provided a major boost to Deben High School’s bid for Art College Status, with a pledge of £6,000.
At a reception held for local community stakeholders on Tuesday 18th January 2005, Chris Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, announced the Port’s support for the school, saying:
“The Port of Felixstowe has pledged its support to Deben High School’s bid, as many employees have either attended, or have children currently in, the school. We have always had good relations with the town's schools, at both primary and secondary level, and fully intend to build upon these links in the coming year.”
“The Port is already one of the region’s major employers, and in the last year alone we have created 200 new jobs at the Port, and will take on a similar number of people in the coming 12 months. Looking beyond that, and if our application to redevelop the southern part of the Port is successful, we will need many more recruits. It is in everyone's interest to ensure that school leavers are well equipped with the skills they will need in the modern workplace, and we will continue to work closely, both directly and through our friends in the Haven Gateway Partnership, with schools and colleges to ensure this happens, and to make school leavers aware of the range of career opportunities that exist within our industry."
The Port’s pledge to Deben High School follows similar sponsorship of Orwell High Schools’ successful bid for Technology College Status. Orwell High became a Specialist School from 1st September 2004.
In order to obtain Specialist School status, Deben High School has had to raise a total of £50,000 in sponsorship money, which it has done through a number of fundraising activities and company sponsorships. If the school’s bid is successful, it will then qualify for a further £100,000 in ‘matched funding’ from the Government. The school is due to submit its bid in March this year, and expects to hear the outcome in July.
Terry Ring, Headteacher of Deben High School, commented:
“We are extremely grateful to the Port for their generous support. We are determined to succeed in our application to support, not just pupils in the school, but the wider community, of which we are part. We are delighted that a major employer is willing to work with us to support our fundraising efforts"
The aim of the school is to use the funds to update and provide new arts facilities at the school, including a small theatre, as well as improving other areas across the curriculum. The facilities and theatre will be made available for use in the local community.
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 17 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 206 berths in 35 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 41.5 million TEU in 2003.