Open day for 'unique' creative arts school
STUDENTS and parents have had a taster of what to expect from a free school at its first open day.
The Plymouth School of Creative Arts welcomed prospective students to the first in a series of open day events hosted by Plymouth College of Art.
The school is set to open its doors to primary pupils in September next year, and get its first intake of secondary students in September 2014.
Professor Andrew Brewerton, principal of Plymouth College of Art and director of Plymouth School of Creative Arts, said: "We're ahead of the curve, we have a unique project, innovative in education and community regeneration.
"We've created a model that people are showing more and more interest in and we've had strong feedback from parents on what's going on here.
"There's a lot of energy in Plymouth about building a more fulfilling future in education to create a rich cultural and educational legacy. It's exciting and stimulating to be a part of that."
The Plymouth School of Creative Arts, the location of which has yet to be announced, will teach all subjects through creativity and practice, thinking and making and has already been hailed as a model of national significance by the Tate.
The aim of the day was for parents and children to find out more by getting involved in creative workshops, to meet the team behind the school and enrol their primary age children.
Staff also introduced the curriculum and the school uniform to parents for the first time.
The Plymouth School of Creative Arts is a free school backed by Plymouth College of Art and funded by the Department of Education.
Free schools, similar to academies, operate outside the local authority's control and can set their own budgets and staff wages and conditions.
The first primary intake will be of 150 pupils: 60 in the Reception year, 60 in Year 1 and 30 in Year 2.
The secondary years open in 2014 with an intake of 240 pupils: 120 pupils into Year 7 and 120 pupils into Year 8.
Two further open day events have been planned, on December 1 and in January.
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