A PIONEERING new school has opened its doors in Torbay.
Based on the campus at Torbay Hospital, the Devon Studio School specialises in health, early years and social care, offering 14 to 19 year olds a new approach to learning and an alternative path to success.
It's the first of its kind in the South West and one of just 13 studio schools approved by the Government to open across the country in 2013 and 2014.
South Devon College, together with the trust which runs the hospital, won funding from the Department of Education for the project.
Studio schools deliver academic and vocational qualifications through a project-based curriculum where study is combined with work placements delivered in partnership with local and national employers.
Key employers lending their support to the new school include South Devon Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust and Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust.
Principal Katherine Davis Wills says: "As a specialist school with around 300 students we will offer small class sizes and a supportive, personalised learning environment in which strong pastoral care runs throughout the school's activities.
"Our vocational focus means learning — even in core national curriculum key stage four subjects like English, maths and science — is linked to real situations and employer projects.
"We are committed to ensure maximum teaching time for GCSEs, A-levels and diplomas to give every child the best possible chance to succeed."
Applications for 2014 are now open.
To find out more, drop in to the next open event on September 20 from 2pm to 8pm at The Studio, Newton Road, Torquay.