Residents asked for views on college
RESIDENTS are being asked their views on a proposal for a new college based in Newton Abbot.
The new university technical college would focus on the engineering, water and environmental sectors.
Parents, employers and potential students are invited to attend the consultation events to find out more this month.
The colleges are a new concept in education. It would be equipped to the highest standards to provide top quality, technically-orientated courses for students from the age of 14.
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They will study technical subjects alongside core GCSE subjects integrating academic requirements with practical learning.
The Newton Abbot college will have places for up to 600 students, who will then progress to university or to jobs as technicians and apprentices. If successful, the school is scheduled to open in 2014/15, for both 14 and 16 year olds.
Students will undertake extensive project work with local employers and the University of Exeter and work experience to develop their employability skills and to ensure they will be well equipped to enter the world of work or progress to university.
The public consultation events are:
Tuesday, October 9, 6pm-8pm, Harrison Building, University of Exeter (including tour of the facilities)
Thursday, October 18, 7.30pm-9pm, Coombeshead School, Newton Abbot
Thursday, October 25, 7.30pm-9pm, South Devon College, Paignton.
The proposal will be submitted by a partnership including the University of Exeter, South Devon College, Teignbridge District Council, Devon County Council, Centrax, Galliford Try, South West Water, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Water Aid, and local MP Anne Marie Morris. There are already two approved university technical colleges in the South West, based in Bristol and Plymouth.
For more details contact Adele Dawson, email email@example.com. To book a place at one of the consultation events, visit www.exeter.ac.uk/utc