Sixth Form Centre hosts Norwegian Students

Twenty four 17-year-old students from Elvebakken College, Oslo, will be spending the following academic year studying at New College Durham. The programme of education and cultural studies will see students complete their second year A Level equivalent with New College Durham before returning to Elvebakken to complete the third year of their qualifications.

Students were formally welcomed to the City when they met the Mayor of Durham at the Town Hall on Thursday last week. As part of their 90 minute welcome students were introduced to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and given a tour of Durham Town Hall.

Alongside studying a wide range of courses at New College Durham’s Sixth Form Centre, the Norwegian students will take part in numerous cultural exchange activities including trips to Durham Cathedral, Beamish, Hadrian’s Wall, Lindesfarne and Alnwick Castle.

The exchange programme has been hugely popular with Elvebakken students, something which becomes clear when talking to 17 year old Hannah Petros. “I am very excited to be here” says Hannah, “I have always wanted to study in Durham and this programme is one of the main reasons I chose to study at Elvebakken College in Oslo’.

The excitement is not just reserved for the Oslo students however. Alan Galley, Curriculum Manager and Project Lead for the Norwegian Programme said: ‘I’m thrilled to have another group of Norwegian students with us this year. Their enthusiasm and engagement is infectious and adds an extra spark to our Sixth Form Community.’

The programme has gone from strength to strength after starting in 2010 when Elvebakken College approached New College Durham for its reputation and Outstanding Ofsted report.