Plymouth site chosen for new creative arts school
THE site for a new free school has been revealed.
Plymouth School of Creative Arts has selected a site in Millbay, next to the Cargo building, for its new campus.
The facility is expected to open in September 2014, subject to planning permission and final Government funding approval.
The school will open for its first year with Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils at the Cargo building, directly opposite the site of the new school, this September.
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Dave Strudwick, headteacher designate of Plymouth School of Creative Arts, said: "Starting a brand new school in purpose-built facilities is an amazing opportunity for myself, staff, students and our community.
"I'm looking forward to bringing this exciting venture to life."
The school aims to contribute a ground-breaking creative educational project of national significance to the wider development of Millbay and the west end of the city – at the heart of the Millbay, Stonehouse and Union Street communities.
Professor Andrew Brewerton, principal of Plymouth College of Art and director of Plymouth School of Creative Arts, said: "Our vision for Plymouth School of Creative Arts has always been that this is not only a case study in creative educational innovation, but equally a physical and cultural resource for its local community and for Plymouth.
"We look forward with keen anticipation to engaging directly with the aspirations of the Millbay, Stonehouse and Union Street communities.
"We warmly welcome the partnership and support of Plymouth City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and English Cities Fund in realising this project, and we are especially delighted that our September 2013 intake of Key Stage 1 pupils will be involved in the making of their school."
Duncan Cumberland, development director at Muse Developments, one of the partners in English Cities Fund, added: "The proposition can really help cement the great progress that has been made at Millbay over the past 18 months, with the continuing residential development, the start of works on the new Kingpoint Marina and the recent announcement that we will be bringing forward earlier than expected the first section of a new boulevard aimed at linking the waterfront with the city centre."
"The school will be at the heart of this mixed use development and bring great commercial and community benefits to Millbay."
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.
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Nicky Williams, said this is a time of great change for education in the city, as different models of learning emerge.
She said: "The Plymouth School of Creative Arts will offer a unique learning experience with a focus on creativity, as well as meeting the urgent need for primary school places in the city.
"This is further proof that our bid for City of Culture is grounded in living, breathing examples of Plymouth's creative and varied cultural offer.
"Ultimately our aim is to ensure no matter where a child lives in Plymouth, they have a choice of excellent, modern schools providing first class education."