Parents and children see plans for new Plymouth School of Creative Arts
SCORES of people turned out when plans for the new Plymouth School of Creative Arts went on show.
The exhibition in Millbay yesterday attracted residents as well as parents and children who hope to go to the new school, which opens in September.
In its first year the school will take Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils in the Cargo building in Millbay while the main campus is being built next door.
Visitors yesterday saw outline plans for the new campus, which will open in time for the September 2014 year.
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The free school, sponsored by Plymouth College of Art, aims to provide all-through education from age four to 16, and beyond to masters level at the college for those who choose to continue their studies.
Rachel Napier, who lives in Millbridge, brought daughters Rookie, 10, and Seren, 5, who both have their names down for places.
"They are both creative and will benefit," she said.
Rookie said she was excited by the idea of a school of creative arts. She has had recent creative success with a poster competition and theatre audition.
"I like to do arts," she said.
Five-year-old Maddy Anderson, whose family recently moved to Plymouth from London, is also hoping for a place. Mum Susan said she was constantly "creating things".
Millbay artist Antonia Texidor said: "It's good to see something other than housing in the area
"If it's going to be a creative school, even better. It's nice to have it so close to the town centre."
Dave Strudwick, the headteacher designate, said: "For me the biggest thing is the lovely buzz and excitement that this is really happening.
"This is a dream job and the chance of a lifetime."
He has worked with architects to draw up four variants of an outline design for the new school. After public consultation, a preferred option will be worked up for a planning application.
"The distinctive thing about our school, nationally and maybe even internationally, is that you will be able to have a continuous education from the age of four through to a masters degree.
"In a way this school is our canvas.
"We have an opportunity, with a group of staff, to create our own picture and help the development of Plymouth.
"There is so much that Plymouth has going for it."
Mr Strudwick will meet about 300 potential teachers in Millbay tomorrow.
The Plymouth School of Creative Arts is a free school backed by Plymouth College of Art and funded by the Department for 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.