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Ground-Breaking Performance By Apprentice Star

Apprentice star Ruth Badger has performed the official ground-breaking ceremony at the multi-million pound Rural Enterprise Academy, based at the Rodbaston Campus of South Staffordshire College.

Ruth donned a hard hat and grabbed a spade to turn the first sod of earth, watched by the Academy’s Principal Lorraine Makin, South Staffordshire College’s Deputy Principal Mark Robertson, NFU’s Robert Lockhart and South Staffordshire College’s Chair of Governors Ray Faulkner.

Ruth was very excited about the prospect of the UK’s first Rural Enterprise Academy, saying “I’ve an eight year old nephew and six year old niece living in the area and I’m glad there are places like this for their future just down the road.”

Principal Lorraine Makin said “The Academy is for those young people looking for a different educational experience.  We expect that the majority of our students will have an interest in rural enterprise, environmental sustainability or land-based subjects, but we will also provide a broad range of qualifications for those young people yet to decide on their chosen career.  We offer many exciting opportunities for learning in an outstanding environment”.

The Academy doors will open in September and with applications coming in from across the area, as far apart as Stone, Telford, Bilston and Sutton Coldfield, it seems that the unique role The Rural Enterprise Academy will play in learners’ employability is fast gaining influence.

Learners and their parents who would like more information about this new free school can contact The Rural Enterprise Academy by emailing, calling 01827 304445 or visiting the website at

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