Weston College plans new school

Artist’s impression of the proposed centre

It has been revealed that Weston College is planning to build a new specialist college which will have a strong business focus.

The college, provisionally called the ‘North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College’ will have a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as well as a potent business ethos.

North Somerset Council, local businesses and universities have already pledged support for the college, which could open as early as September 2014 on a site in Locking Parklands, Weston.

The centre is likely to cost around £10 million and will to cater for around 800 students, with space to expand if need be, according to Weston College.

Ideas being touted for the new college include the introduction of an 8.30am-5pm ‘working day’ for all learners, including time for homework and enrichment activities, the wearing of ‘business dress’ instead of college uniform and specialised academic, vocational and technical training.

Weston College Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips said: “Weston College is committed to working with Business, Industry and the community to create innovative learning solutions.

“We have discussed this concept with our partners and prospective learners. We are proposing a model of learning that will engender employability skills alongside an entrepreneurial learning environment.”

Alison Kingscott from Weston Area Health NHS Trust said: “This is a fresh and imaginative approach to education in North Somerset and we look forward to a fruitful partnership, along with the prospect of being able to take on students with real employability skills.”

Weston College is now encouraging parents to answer a questionnaire at www.nsetc.co.uk and help shape the vision for the college, which it is said will boost the economic development of the area.