A former journalist is set to take the top job at Heanor’s new Digital Studio College, due to open in September 2014.
Matt Bromley is currently group director of teaching and learning for the Derby College group and says he relishes the challenge of the new facility - for students aged 14 to 19– to be based at Mundy Street.
The courses on offer will focus on vocational training and are to include weekly work experience placements.
Mr Bromley began his working life as a journalist before re-training as an English teacher.
He said: “By pioneering this bold new approach to learning, we seek to address the growing gap that exists between the skills and knowledge young people require in order to succeed, and those the current education system can provide.”
Mr Bromley taught in secondary schools and sixth forms before becoming a head teacher of a school in Yorkshire in 2010 which became one of the top five most improved schools in England and the highest performing comprehensive school in the area.
Refurbishment work is due to start in the New Year at the former Heanor Grammar School site.
Applications are now being accepted for the studio college which will cater for around 300 students.
A ‘meet the principal’ event at the new Derby College Ilkeston campus in Pimlico, Ilkeston, on Thursday, January 23 between 5.30pm and 7pm.
Mr Bromley continued: “This will give our prospective students the opportunity to see the high standard of learning facilities that will be on offer at the Digital Studio College and to meet the senior members of staff who are already in post.
“Further taster events and meetings with teaching staff will be held as we start the countdown to the opening of this exciting new venture.
Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino added: “We have received overwhelming support during our consultation processes from young people, parents and the community but we were particularly inspired by the levels of commitment and pledges of support shown from over 100 employers.”