7th November 2016

Students at Plymouth Studio School moved into their new £4.2 million building and High Performance Sports Zone on-site at Marjon today.

The specialist Academy school for 14 – 19 year olds offers a unique curriculum for up to 300 students who want to combine academic focus with sporting performance or careers in sport.  The school opened in September 2015, but until now has been based in temporary accommodation at Marjon.

The new two storey ‘breathing building’  provides an exciting combination of individual teaching spaces,  a central atrium and meeting place, a High Performance Sports Zone equipped with state-of-the art sports monitoring and research equipment, a Gym, sixth form space and changing facilities.

Head of Sports Performance & Strategy, Jon Rhodes comments, “We’re delighted with the new building as it provides an inspiring environment for our students to combine academic focus with high level sporting performance and careers in sport, all on one site.

“It’s a perfect environment to nurture the City’s next generation of sporting champions and sports professionals and to bring some of the best in sports coaching techniques into the classroom to create resilient, motivated and successful learners.”

As well as the new building facilities, the school’s unique Sports Performance and Sports Coaching & Development Programmes give young athletes access to Olympic and Commonwealth level coaching, additional world-class sports facilities at Marjon, mentoring and work experience alongside their academic timetable.

It’s a mix that has already attracted some of Plymouth’s top young athletes competing at GB team level,  including divers Matt Dixon and Cody Powell-Tuckett, Modern Pentathlete Kay Bryson, Taekwondo champions, Tate Budge and Rhys Roffey  and a number of  Leander club swimmers.

Personal coach for the school and former Marjon’s student, Commonwealth sprint medallist, Katherine Endacott-Foster, adds, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young athletes to focus on their sport from as early as 14 – without sacrificing their academic studies.  I wish there had been something around like this when I was growing up and training.”

Dr Karen Cook, Acting Vice Chancellor at Marjon comments, “We’re extremely excited about being one of the first Universities ever to have an Academy School facility on campus and about the opportunities this provides for our own students and staff to get involved in inspiring and supporting Plymouth Studio School students on their chosen career and higher education paths across Sport, Business and Health.”

Sam Abbot, Chair of Govenors for Plymouth Studio School and Vice Principal of City College Plymouth, one of the school’s sponsor partners, comments, “ This is an amazing opportunity for students across Plymouth to focus on their sporting careers and aspirations from Year 10.  We’d like to thank all the partners, parents and students for their help and commitment in realising the vision for the school in the form of this spectacular new building. “

Year 10 and Year 12 places for September 2017 are available.  Sign up for the Year 12 Open Evening on 30th November at www.plymouthstudioschool or book a building tour.