Public consultation over plans to create studio school in Plymouth
A public meeting is to be held to discuss the impact of a proposed studio school on the city.
City College Plymouth, the Akkeron Group, Plymouth Argyle Football Club and the University St Mark & St John have submitted a proposal to the Department for Education to build a Studio School in Plymouth.
The sponsors say the school will bring in the region of £2.5million inward investment to the city, and will create over 20 additional jobs .
City College Plymouth Principal, Phil Davies, said: "Further education has always used the essential link between education and skills, and enterprise and employment as the basis of what we provide for our students.
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"The Studio School concept extends this to a younger audience, and for some will be a much better educational route because it is about learning through actually doing alongside employer-led and work-based projects.
"The Plymouth Studio School proposal compliments the educational provision in the City. Young people will have a wider range of opportunities offering very different educational experiences, be it a traditional secondary school, the College, a private training provider, an Apprenticeship, the new UTC Plymouth if you are interested in marine engineering or advanced manufacturing and hopefully, the Plymouth Studio School if you are interested in leisure, tourism and sport."
The Studio School concept takes a new approach to learning by teaching through enterprise projects and real work for 14 to 18-year-olds.
The proposals focus on the areas of sport, leisure and the visitor economy.
As well as work in the sports and leisure sectors, the school will cover the associated sectors of catering, hospitality, tourism, customer services and retail.
Studio Schools are said to be designed for all abilities.
They are small schools for 300 students, open all year round with a nine to five working day – more typical of the workplace than a school.
Working closely with local employers, the Studio School will offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications, including GCSEs in English, mathematics and science, as well as work placements linked directly to employment opportunities in the local area. Students will also gain a broad range of employability and life skills.
The public meeting is being held at City College Plymouth on Wednesday March 6, from 4pm to 6pm.