I welcome the announcement that the new Chair of the Fenland and East Cambs Opportunity Area Partnership board will be Tricia Pritchard. Since the Department of Education’s announcement in January that Fenland and East Cambridgeshire were going to be one of just twelve areas in the country to be designated as an “Opportunity Area”, department officials, stakeholder groups and Partnership board have been hard at work identifying where they wish to see the additional £6 million this has bought to the area.
Additional to the £6 million funding, being a designated Opportunity Area means our schools also have priority access to other Department of Education funding, which the Partnership Board are already looking to leverage.
Tricia Pritchard has had an extensive career in education, a former head teacher with experience working in OFSTED and former Director of Education and Chief Executive for the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust. This is a game changing opportunity for education in our area and I look forward to sharing how the initiative progresses with constituents.