From Croydon to Columbia

Posted on September 7th, by Liberty Martin in Culture. 1 Comment

A student from Thornton Heath hopes that her story will inspire other young Croydonians

It may sound dramatic, but you could say that Thursday 30th March 2017 was a turning point in my life. It was the day that I found out that I, a state school student from Thornton Heath, got into Columbia University in the City of New York, an Ivy League university.

Most … Read More »



Two Holocaust survivors visit Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College

Posted on July 12th, by Liberty Martin in Politics & Society. No Comments

Liberty Martin reports on a powerful talk, and a disturbing message, for Croydon pupils

Year 9 pupils at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls saw history come to life when two Holocaust survivors visited their school on Thursday 9th June. Husband and wife Peter and Marianne Summerfield visited NMBEC to share their experiences of the Holocaust with a group studying the topic.

Read More »



Event review: the Norbury Manor Celeste choir sings with Lianne La Havas at the Royal Albert Hall

Posted on April 4th, by Liberty Martin in Culture. No Comments

Liberty Martin is wowed by a Croydon school choir at the Royal Albert Hall

Most school choirs don’t sing at the Royal Albert Hall with a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, but the Norbury Manor Celeste choir is an exception. On Monday 14th March, twenty Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College for Girls (NMBEC) students sang with the stunning Lianne La Havas in her sell-out concert at the Royal … Read More »



Croydon elections to the UK Youth Parliament

Posted on March 10th, by Liberty Martin in Politics & Society. No Comments

What’s in the manifesto? Liberty Martin talks to Croydon Youth representatives, Jonelle Awomoyi and Kofi O. Frimpong

“Democracy is a very, very precious thing because it changes things in a peaceful way”, declared Council Leader Tony Newman before announcing the long-awaited results for the 2016 Croydon UK Youth Parliament elections on Friday 12th February.

Thousands of young Croydonians took part in a democratic process this February … Read More »



Cathy Newman reports back to the young women of Norbury on a career in journalism

Posted on December 21st, by Liberty Martin in Politics & Society. No Comments

Liberty Martin listens to Channel 4 journalist Cathy Newman talking media, sexism and ambition

The atmosphere of Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls (NMBEC) was buzzing on the morning of Thursday 3rd December. Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News reporter and co-presenter, was about to give a talk and Q&A session to Year 12 and 13 English Literature and Media students.

The visit was a … Read More »



How Norbury’s Chicken and Chat challenges domestic abuse

Posted on November 18th, by Liberty Martin in Politics & Society. No Comments

Liberty Martin reports on a local domestic abuse charity that grew from a double tragedy

It’s not often that people marry together the idea of free jerk chicken and providing a safe place for young women, but fortunately the Cassandra Learning Centre (CLC) has done just that. The Croydon-based charity, which raises awareness about domestic abuse, holds ‘Chicken and Chat’ on Wednesdays, where girls aged … Read More »



Croydon’s young entrepreneurs on the rise

Posted on September 14th, by Liberty Martin in Economics & Business. 4 comments

Liberty Martin on how the Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College girls got inspired

One day in June 2015, three Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls students proved themselves in the world of entrepreneurship by coming a very close second place in the Centrale 100 competition.

The competition invited Croydon students from years 7, 8, 9 and 10 (that’s the first year in secondary … Read More »