Rollits pleased to support Hull College Studio School project

Rollits has helped Hull College with its successful bid to open a Studio School in the city.

The Department of Education has announced that Hull College has been successful with its application and the `Hull Studio School`, which will be one of the first in the region, will open in September 2012, on the Hull College campus in Queen`s Gardens.

The Studio School will welcome a total of 300 students aged between 14 and 19 years old and will focus on providing young people with the essential employability skills they need to enter the world of work. Students will spend a significant amount of time each week in unpaid and paid work placements linked directly to employment opportunities in the local area.

Students at the Studio School will also undertake traditional GCSE subjects alongside vocational (work-related) qualifications, the majority of the learning will take place through carrying out community and employer projects.

Richard Field, Managing Partner of Rollits LLP comments:

"Rollits has been proud to play a small part in helping the College to deliver business-oriented mentoring in the past and are pleased to commit to develop that further in engaging with the Studio School. 

We believe that there is a significant appetite for what the School has to offer and that many local employers will embrace the opportunity to work with the College in shaping the development of young people who wish to become involved in enterprise and attain the skills that they will need to contribute and prosper in a business environment. The Studio School will serve a local need which is growing stronger by the day."

Dr Elaine McMahon, Hull College Principal and Chief Executive of the Hull College Group, commented:

"Hull College is recognised as an innovative leader in education. We are delighted to have been appointed as sponsor and look forward to working closely with the Local Authority, employer partners, the DFE and local schools to offer a complementary choice of education pathways at 14."

This announcement follows recent success for the College in becoming one of the first in the country to offer full time education to 14 year olds, following the early closure of the David Lister School in Hull. The College is also the main sponsor of Sirius Academy.

Lynne Richardson, Director of Young People`s Learning, added:

"We are very pleased that we have the support of so many local, regional and national employers, who have recognised the Studio School model as being a route that will enhance young peoples' employability skills."

David Nicoll, Chief Executive of Studio Schools Trust comments,

"We are delighted that the Hull Studio School has been approved by the Department of Education - one of 12 new Studio Schools to open in 2012 - and we very much look forward to working with them in the future. This new school is a ground breaking way in which to deliver education, combining mainstream qualifications will real experience of the world of work, and the development of key employability skills. The Studio School will play an important role in shaping the future workforce across the region. Six Studio Schools are already open and over fifty are in the pipeline, and we look forward to improving the employment prospects and life chances of young people across the East Yorkshire region."

Mark McCluskey, P&O Ferries, also believes that the Hull Studio School will benefit students and businesses,

"P&O is very pleased to support the development of a Studio School for Hull. We already have a number of projects in mind for the Studio School students to participate in which will benefit our organisation. We look forward to continue to work in partnership with the Studio School and Hull College to develop an exciting and alternative education model at 14-19 focussed on employability."

Further information on the Hull Studio School is available on the College website, The College will be hosting an open evening for all interested young people and their families in January.

Posted on: 16/12/2011

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