College’s bid to start a new specialist £10m school in 2014

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 January 2013

The North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College.

The North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College.

Weston College

PLANS for a multi-million pound specialist school in Weston are now being considered by the Government’s education chiefs.

The bid for a North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has been put forward by Weston College, with the hope of opening the school in September next year.

The specialist college will focus on science, technology, engineering and maths, with a strong business ethos, and could soon be built at Locking Parklands.

Paul Phillips, principal of Weston College said: “We have been working with the community for the past 10 months and to date 2,000 families have already come forward to support our proposals.

“We hope to have some positive news to share with the families when we hear whether our application has been approved by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.”

Weston College has gained support for the new school, which will cater for 14 to 19-year-olds, from North Somerset Council, NHS Bristol, Weston Area Health Trust and local businesses.

Ideas for the new college include space for at least 800 students, working days from 8.30am-5pm for the pupils, including time for homework and activities and wearing business dress instead of school uniforms.

Design and research is now taking place for the project, with the college estimating the cost of the works to be in the region of £10million.

NSETC is among 32 groups of teachers, parents and charities to have won a place on a national programme designed to provide support for groups applying to set up new schools for pupils at risk of educational disadvantage.

Run by independent education charity, the New Schools Network (NSN), the development programme aims to support Free Schools groups as they prepare to submit their applications to Government.

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