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Newly-opened school going well
7:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in News
STAFF say they are pleased with progress at Ockendon Studio School, which opened at the beginning of the month.
The school is one of just 12 studio schools to have opened in the UK since 2010, offering academic and vocational qualifications to youngsters aged from 14 to 19.
Conventional study at the school is combined with local work placements, encouraging pupils to learn skills in communication, time-keeping and team work while also studying English, maths and science.
The school opened at the beginning of September, with 25 students from the Ockendon Academy moving over to form the first intake.
Ockendon Academy assistant principal Christian Berry said: “The students are doing very well.
“They have already hosted a business conference for 50 businesses in Thurrock. “Before opening, there was a lot of planning and staff had a detailed transition week, too. We’ve had to be really prepared.”
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price called the studio school “a ground breaking initiative for Thurrock”.
The current cohort of students are in Year 10, but next year the school will be admitting new Year 10 and Year 12 pupils, meaning there will be three year groups.
Admission will also be open to pupils across Thurrock, rather than exclusively to those at Ockendon Academy. A planning application has also been lodged for a £1.7million extension.
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