Site for new Enterprise and Technology College agreed by Government

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By YouPR | Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 10:10

The site for the new North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) in Weston-super-Mare has been given the Government's green light.

The team behind the foundation of NSETC, including Weston College, had earmarked land on the new Weston Business Quarter in Locking, adjacent to the new roundabout by the Helicopter Museum and close to junction 21 of the M5.

This week, the team heard that their bid for the site had been successful, subject to contract. Work to build the school, which will open on the site in September 2015, will begin next year.

Tony Wilson, NSETC's newly appointed Principal, said: "The confirmation of the final site for NSETC is excellent news. This position in the heart of the business quarter means that the College will be part of the hub for enterprise and innovation. Our students will thrive in state-of-the-art facilities in an excellent location."

NSETC will open at Weston College's South West Skills Campus with an intake of 200 year 12 students in September 2014 and transfer to the new site the following year. It will then have an intake of 100 students in year 10 in 2015. It will grow incrementally until it reaches capacity in 2017 with 300 students in key stage 4 and 400 in the sixth form.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects will be at the core of the curriculum. It will offer different routes where students can follow a straight A-level or vocational Diploma pathways or a mixture of both depending on their career aspirations. The pathways will fall into four areas: Health and Biological Science, Creative and Digital Technologies, Engineering and Physical Science and finally Business, Enterprise and Finance.

To replicate a working day, the first lesson of the day at NSETC will begin at 8.30am and college will go on to 5pm. This will allow students to experience an exciting curriculum, with opportunities to obtain work experience, industry mentorships, live project-briefs and additional qualifications wrapped around a rich enrichment package of sport, music and art. This unique offer will enable its students to stand out from the crowd with university and job applications. Business/industry dress for all students will be compulsory, and a bursary will be put in place to help students finance this. All students will also receive a free tablet to help with their studies.

There will be more opportunities for project work, curriculum enrichment, personal challenges and workplace experience. There will be time for independent study, supported by college staff.

Dr Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, said: "Weston College, as one of the sponsors of the NSETC, is delighted that the Government have given approval for the site for this state-of-the-art project.

"The NSETC will now be able to really motor and ensure academic excellence and opportunities for the future of North Somerset."

 For further details on the NSETC please go to the website www.nsetc.co.uk

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