Plans for new specialist college in Weston-super-Mare submitted to Government
EXCITING plans for a new multi million pound specialist college in Weston-super-Mare - which could open as early as September 2014 - have been submitted to Government education chiefs.
The new North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), which is being pioneered by Weston College, could be built on land at Locking Parklands.
Detailed plans for the college, open to students aged between 14-19-years-old, have now been submitted to the Department of Education for its consideration.
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The new North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College will have a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) combined with a strong business ethos.
North Somerset Council, local businesses and universities have already pledged support for the college, which would be funded by the Department of Education.
Innovative ideas for the new college include the introduction of an 8.30am-5pm 'working day' for all learners, including time for homework and enrichment activities, the wearing of 'business dress' instead of college uniform and specialised academic, vocational and technical training.
The college, which would initially open to 200 students, would able to cater for up to 800 students with the capacity to extend should it need to.
University staff will provide top-level teaching for high fliers while employers will offer practical training and apprenticeships.
Close links will be forged with the NHS and pupils will be able to follow the progress of a 'virtual patient' as part of their science studies.
Weston College principal and chief executive, Dr Paul Phillips, said: "We are delighted to be making this application to the Department for Education for a new education provision for Weston-super-Mare.
"We have been working with the local community for the last 10 months and have been overwhelmed with the level of local support.
"To date 2,000 families have already come forward to support our proposals.
College chiefs are hoping to hear whether their bid has been successful sometime in the Spring.
Land has already been earmarked in the North Somerset Local Plan for a new school.
Weston is due to grow even further over the coming years as a result of major housing developments at areas including Locking Parklands and Weston Village.