NSETC gears up for opening | Weston College

NSETC gears up for opening

Just a few places are left at Weston-super-Mare’s newest education establishment as it gears up for its opening this September.

The exciting and innovative North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), a specialist STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) College that combines excellence of teaching with superb facilities and industry support, opens its doors on September 2nd and already has potential learners queuing up.

The development, sponsored by Weston College, North Somerset Council, North Bristol Health Trust and the University of the West of England, (UWE) has been catalysed by involvement of key figures across the industrial and commercial sector. The initial development involved Tony Wilson, Andy Davidson and Chris Lee together with the Chief Executive Jacqui Ford and it is now moving into implementation stage with Karen Cornick heading up the institute as Principal Designate. 

Karen Cornick commented: “The NSETC represents a real opportunity to bring a fresh approach to learning and I am thrilled to be working with such a strong team of talented teachers and educational leaders.  Our commitment is to making STEM learning hands-on and directly relevant to both the work place and higher education. 

“I feel privileged to be leading the NSETC as it opens and I am really looking forward to meeting students, their families, and our partners over the next few months in the run up to September.”

“We are delighted with the response from parents and prospective students. There are still a few places left for this September and the deadline for 2015’s Year 10 intake is October 31st2014.  All students will receive a free tablet device.

“The NSETC provides an innovative business-like environment which promises to be a very new type of learning experience. Students will wear business/industry dress, attend for longer hours to reflect that of business and personalise their own curriculum to meet their career aspirations. They will also benefit from smaller classes and extensive work placements.”

NSETC will initially open at Weston College’s South West Skills Campus with an intake of 200 Year 12 students this September. Next year it will have an intake of 150 students in Year 10. It will then transfer to its own campus near Junction 21 of the M5 and will grow incrementally until it reaches capacity in 2017 with 300 students in key stage 4 and 400 in the sixth-form.

STEM subjects offering specialist qualifications will be at the core of the curriculum.

In Year 12 students can follow straight A Level or vocational diploma pathways which will cover four areas: Health and Biological Science, Creative and Digital Technologies, Engineering and Physical Science and finally Business, Enterprise and Finance.

Parent Darren Murtagh, of Weston, whose son Daniel has been accepted at NSETC, said: “This is an excellent idea. Generating locally a pool of technically-skilled and ‘work-ready’ young people will have a positive impact on bringing business to the town.”

NSETC will be part of a new multi-academy trust, Weston Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Learning (WEEL). The aim of the trust is to raise education standards across North Somerset.

Jacqui Ford, WEEL Chief Executive, explained: “This is a unique opportunity to build and develop a different kind of school; the first of its kind in an Enterprise Zone. The flagship NSETC will deliver a state-of-the-art, cutting-edge educational experience for all its students with strong business links as well the ‘Outstanding’ Weston College being a key sponsor.”

To meet the new senior leadership team the NSETC will be holding an open event on Wednesday 16th July from 5.00-6.30pm at the South West Skills Campus on Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare; for more details call 01934 411 477 or visit the website at www.nsetc.co.uk

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