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Dorset To Get The UK's First Studio School

Kingston Maurward College Students

5:27pm 11th April 2013
(Updated 3:55pm 12th April 2013)

The UK's first studio school, that specialises in Land Based education, is gonna be opened near Dorchester.

The Department for Education has backed plans for the new facility at Kingston Maurward College.

It'll cater for 14 to 19 year olds with a special focus on farming and conservation, while teaching recognised GCSE's.

Schools Minister Lord Nash said: “I am delighted to be approving such a strong field of Studio Schools to the next stage. More employers are getting involved in Studio Schools, demonstrating their commitment to preparing young people – who will be their future employees – to the world of work.

“It is crucial for young people to have the skills and experience vital to employers, both for their own prosperity and to help us compete in the global race.” 

Kingston Maurward College Principal Clare Davison said: “I’m delighted that we have been approved to open a Studio School which will help transform the lives of many young people. After achieving the funding for our new Animal Science building, this further cements our strategy for ensuring students get the skills and qualifications that meet employer needs. 

“Together with our established partner The Thomas Hardye School we will be teaching high level science, technology, engineering and maths skills to provide students with a springboard for higher qualifications and into successful employment both locally and nationally. Students at the Studio School will gain a broad range of employability, enterprise and life skills which will give them the ability to start their own business, go to university or into employment.”

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