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First day for Plymouth Studio School students

The new Plymouth Studio School will open its doors on 7 September 2015 to its first intake of Year 10 and Year 12 students, offering them an inspiring way to learn and a unique mix of academic and professional qualifications and on-going industry experience designed to help them forge future careers in the sport, tourism and event management sectors.

Based at the University of St Mark and St John, the new government funded school boasts access to world-class sporting facilities, specialist pathways for young athletes and the support and mentoring of Olympic level coaches. Currently based in a dedicated building on campus for the first intake of students, a new £4 million facility is due for completion by September 2016.

But it’s the experience of the teaching team, together with small class sizes and an individual approach for each pupil which really defines the school. The total in-take of students will be just 300, with an additional 100 students enrolling next year and in 2017.

Principal Matt Lennon explains, “Our philosophy is built around giving our students the mix of GCSEs, A levels and professional qualifications which are right for them combined with valuable industry based experience and a foundation in business skills.

“Our learning coaches have a wealth of experience at the cutting edge of education, business, and sports, helping them to pass on skills like communication, problem solving, entrepreneurship, motivation, focus and performance.

“It’s these skills which are in demand from today’s employers and which will really give our students the ‘extra’ factor when it comes to their future careers.”

Paul White, Director of Business, Enterprise and Employability for the school has over 32 years’ experience at the elite end of Sport and Event Management for corporations, sports teams and individuals.

He explains, “I’m looking forward to helping our students to expand their employability skills. We already have some outstanding sports students who also want to pursue careers as doctors or stockbrokers.

“Whether our students want to be professional athletes, sports coaches and therapists, event organisers, hotel managers, fitness instructors, set up their own catering business or do something completely different   – I’ll be working alongside employers locally, nationally and internationally to give them the best industry-based experiences possible.”

Olympic sports performance coach and associate lecturer in Psychology at Plymouth University, Jon Rhodes, also joins the PSS teaching team with Commonwealth medal winner, Katherine Endacott.

Plymouth Studio School is one of just 48 in the UK designed to give young people the skills they need for life, the workplace and their future careers and to meet the needs of expanding industry sectors within their local economy. In Plymouth the life-style sector, including sport, tourism and events has been identified as a major growth area for the City demanding a skilled workforce.

To find out more about the school, sign up for its open day on 22nd October 2015.