Companies supporting new school

By Emily Pearce

Saturday, March 1, 2014


GKN Aerospace, BAE Systems, Navitus Bay Development and Vestas are among the big name companies that will support a new Island school, which hopes to produce the business leaders of the future.

The Studio School is set to open in September at the former East Cowes Primary School site, specialising in marine manufacturing and offshore energy.

Alongside their GCSEs, students will have the opportunity to work on projects with the school’s business partners.

Headteacher Richard White, currently deputy head at Weston Favell Academy, Northampton, said he was sure the school would be a success.

"Providing business experience is at the heart of the studio school. It’s less about being a specialist school, more about offering a different learning experience for ambitious youngsters. Developing their employability skills is a big part of our curriculum," he said.

With other new schools set to open on the Island — the classically academic Free School and the Sylvan School, with its emphasis on alternative outdoor learning — parents will have more choice than ever for their children.

IW Council bosses have warned a secondary school may have to close in the coming years due to a surplus of places.

"We are competing against one another. But I think parents welcome the choice and they are canny enough to know what they want," said Mr White.

A keen sailor, Mr White, 52, said he was looking forward to moving to the Island with his wife.

The Studio School will hold an open evening at Osborne House on March 25, at 6pm. Entitled Our Island in 2024 — where will the new jobs be there will be speakers from GKN, BAE and Inflight Peripherals.



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by Mat Thomas

2nd March 2014, at 21:06:38

Very True.

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by Mat Thomas

2nd March 2014, at 20:05:10

OK, how do we turn the idea into a reality?

Start right here on the County Press site to put ideas, reasoning and arguments together.We need to look at ideal sites for location, including the existing campus of the college and its expansion.

We need to get the Trades Council to adopt a resolution and an advocate. The college has to come on board. Sixth forms, teachers and headteachers need to support. What businesses can be asked to come on board? We also need them and others to lobby Ian Stevens and Priest. Let's see what progressive people from all parties are willing to take it up. Let's see who will step up to the mark. Then the MP has to be pushed into action. This forum can be the place where it all starts.

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by Mike Crowe

2nd March 2014, at 17:34:18

Thank you Peter for your kind comments with regards to the Theatre. I am also involved with other things and on one occasion a member of an Association said to the committee "Why don't you ........?" and made a suggestion. The response to him was "Why don't YOU come onto the committee and do just that?"

He did and it is one of the most appreciated parts of the group.

I laugh at those who 'know it all' and post here!!!



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by Mike Crowe

2nd March 2014, at 17:16:41


"""The island has a small percentage of people capable of university education."""

I find this most insulting. With TWO members of my family, my wife and one of my daughters with Hons. Degrees, this knocks the poster's most insulting comment on the head.

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