A leading education expert has been appointed to the top job at Mansfield’s first-ever studio school.
Andy Campbell has been named as principal of the Vision Studio School, which is set to open its doors in September 2014, following approval by the Department for Education earlier this year.
The first of its kind in Nottinghamshire, the state school will cater for young people aged 14 to 19 year-olds of all abilities, and will aim to bridge the gap between education and employment.
Sponsored by West Nottinghamshire College, Vision Studio School will cater for students from year 10 upwards and will specialise in engineering and transportation, and health and care occupations.
Smaller than most mainstream secondary schools, it will eventually provide places for up to 300 students.
It will be based at the college’s Chesterfield Road campus, which will be fully- refurbished and equipped with the latest technology, and will operate a 9am to 5pm ‘working day’ to mirror that of many workplaces.
Mr Campbell (42) began his career in education and worked at both the Manor Academy and Brunts - where he was appointed deputy headteacher.
He said: ““I believe Mansfield and the surrounding area will benefit from a different type of school that offers a bold new approach to learning.
“Engaging students in regular work experience and in projects designed and delivered by employers will equip them with the skills and qualifications to secure a bright future.”
As part of a consultation process, a drop-in information evening will take place at the college’s Derby Road campus from 6-8pm on Wednesday 18th September, with Mr Campbell and college staff.