Studio school plan given green light

Derby college Heanor.
Derby college Heanor.

A bid for a £4.5million studio school in Heanor has taken a step forward after it was given the thumbs up by the Department for Education.

The proposals by Derby College to reopen its Mundy Street campus to 300 pupils for a range of vocational subjects were submitted to the Government at the start of the year.

The approval, announced this morning, means the school could be open by September 2014- if funding can be realised from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Education.

Chief executive of Derby College Mandie Stravino, said: “I am delighted that our proposal to open the very first studio school in Derbyshire has been approved.

“Our employment landscape is changing globally and our vision for the digital studio college is to be a catalyst to create significant life chances for young people in Derbyshire and the surrounding area, harnessing their digital talents to aspire and engage with the core and emerging industries within our region.”

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