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Herefordshire's newest school gets the go-ahead
9:36am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
THE county’s new vocational school has the final go-ahead to open as an academy for 14 to 19-year-olds in time for the new term.
Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, confirmed to the Robert Owen Group this week that the government has formally agreed to enter into a funding agreement for the school, the plans for which first went public in 2011.
Initial approval for the school was given by the Department for Education in July 2012. Since then, the group has been working to meet the requirements set by the Department for Education and Ofsted, and develop and consult on its plans with the community and stakeholders.
The school plans to deliver a vocational curriculum, alongside core GCSE qualifications and work experience, before students then move on to specialisms. It will open on September 2 at the former Holme Lacy Primary School, before moving to its permanent home at the former Hereford High School for Boys site - now the home for Herefordshire Council’s education offices - off Blackfriars Street.
As a co-operative, the school promises “strong engagement” with the local community and local employers. More than 200 businesses are involved with the many represented on the school’s stakeholder board.
The Stakeholder Board allows businesses, community groups, training providers and other schools to be involved with the Robert Owen Vocational School, by consulting with them and giving them a say in the school’s development.
Principal Vivien Dean said: “Vocational education is vital in this rural area and our school will not only open new horizons for our students but also work to raise the overall status of vocational education.”
• For further information about the School and how to apply for a place visit www.robertowenschool.co.uk or telephone 01568 615510.
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