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NICK GIBB MP, MINISTER FOR SCHOOLS VISITS PLYMOUTH STUDIO SCHOOL

1st December 2016

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools has paid an official visit to the newly opened Plymouth Studio School building on-site at Marjon.

The Minister joined with Johnny Mercer MP, to meet with students, tour the new £4.2 million facility and try out some of the school’s ‘state-of-the-art’ sports performance equipment in its High Performance Sports Zone.

The specialist Academy school for 14 – 19 year olds opened in temporary accommodation on-site at Marjon in September 2015.  It offers  a unique curriculum for up to 300 students to combine academic focus, including GCSEs, A levels and BTECs, with high level sports performance or careers in sport – a sector which already employs over 50,000 people in the South West and is set to  grow.

The school is one of 36 Academy schools of its kind across the UK specialising in small class sizes, personalised learning and giving students the skills they need to succeed in the workplace, in specialised industry sectors  and higher education career paths.   It is one of the first to be located on a University Campus.

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

It’s this approach which has already attracted some of the City’s and region’s top young athletes competing at national, international and GB team level,  including divers Matt Dixon and Cody Powell-Tuckett, Modern Pentathlete Kay Bryson and Taekwondo champions, Tate Budge and Rhys Roffey together with top  Leander club swimmers.

Sam Abbott, Chair of Governors for Plymouth Studio School adds, “We’re delighted to welcome the Minister to our new building and to show him what a fantastic environment it is 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 start nurturing the City’s next generation of sporting champions and sports professionals from as early as Year 10, and to bring some of the best in sports coaching techniques into the classroom to create resilient, motivated and successful learners across all areas of the school curriculum.”

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.”

As part of his tour of the new building, Nick Gibb MP, the Minister for Schools also tried out the school’s state of the art ‘Neurotracker’ equipment which is used to train top athletes, including Manchester United footballers, and the military in mental agility and focus.

He  also tried his hand at laser shooting using the school’s specialist indoor range designed for Modern Pentathlon training.

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