Have your say on town’s new studio school

Staff at a new Mansfield school are urging people in the town to have their say on how it could benefit young people from the town.

West Nottinghamshire College is consulting on its plans to open the county’s first ever studio school – a new type of state school for 14 to 19 year olds, aimed at bridging the gap between education and employment.

Studio schools teach the same core GCSEs as traditional schools along with vocational qualifications but through project-based learning and work placements with employers, who are involved in designing the curriculum.

Due to open in September 2014, the college-sponsored Vision Studio School will specialise in engineering and transportation, along with health and care occupations. Several businesses and organisations are already on board as employer partners.

It will be based at the college’s Chesterfield Road campus and eventually provide places for up to 300 students from year 10 upwards.

Principal Andy Campbell said: “The interest shown to date has been very encouraging and its clear many people recognise the need to prepare students for the world of work through regular, meaningful engagement with employers.”

People can have their say by completing an online questionnaire at www.visionstudioschool.co.uk, emailing info@visionstudioschool.co.uk, or calling 01623 413622 and speaking to a member of the studio school team.