Mansfield's West Notts College bosses to pitch 'studio school' plans to Government
BOSSES from West Notts College are to present proposals for a new studio school to the Department for Education tomorrow.
The Mansfield college first announced the proposals late last year.
Studio schools are a new type of state school aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds who benefit from practical learning. They offer academic and vocational qualifications taught in a project-based way.
The proposed Vision Studio School – which would be located in Mansfield and be the first of its type in Notts – would cater for up to 300 students of all abilities.
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It would specialise in engineering, transportation, health and care occupations and would teach core GCSE subjects along with A-levels and vocational qualifications. The school would operate a 9am to 5pm day to mirror that of many work places.
Principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE said: “We believe many young people would benefit from the practical learning style and employer-focused curriculum provided by the studio school.
“Not everyone thrives in mainstream education. The studio school is about providing a high-quality, viable alternative for students who learn better by doing."
The college expects to learn whether it has reached the next stage of the application process by May.
If the plans are eventually approved, the school will open in September 2014 in a location to be determined.