Students take up role on Executive Board

9th October 2015

Six of the first Year 12 students at the newly opened Plymouth Studio School have been appointed as members of the Executive Board, giving them a key role in the running of the new specialist school for sport, tourism and events.

The Executive Board will be led by two Executive Student Directors, Cornish swimming champion, Joe Tibbetts, and Business student Tara Price-Horne.  Other members, who will take on responsibility for shaping decisions in areas like school transport, school meals, social events and mentoring of Year 10 students include Tate Budge, Karenza Bryson, Chloe Stoneman, Caitlin Waumsley and Elizabeth Stacey.

The students’  first role will be to meet with Plymouth Studio School’s newly appointed Board of Governors  to give them feedback on the first month and outline how they will work with them.  The School’s Governing Board includes representatives from the school’s sponsor organisations, City College Plymouth and the University of St Mark & St John, Active Devon, Destination Plymouth and Plymouth Pavilions.  They will provide a  valuable in-sight into the sport, life-style and tourism sectors and help the school in creating a skilled home-grown workforce for the City and beyond.  

Executive Student Director, Joe Tibbetts explains, “We’re really excited to be given this opportunity to help shape the school and have such an input.  The fact that the school is small and personal means that we feel we can really listen to and represent the views of the students and make a difference.”

Executive Student Director, Tara  Price-Horne adds, “I was inspired by taking part in the Young Enterprise programme at my last school and wanted to put my experiences to good use.  Being on the board will give us valuable experience in terms of running a business and the skills we will need in our future careers .”

Principal of Plymouth Studio School, Matthew Lennon comments, “Our approach is about getting students to take responsibility for their own futures and getting  hands-on experience of the valuable communication, decision making and workplace skills which they need in addition to their academic qualifications.  We’re really proud of the sixth formers who have stepped up to the mark and look forward to working with them.”