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Prospective learners expected to flock to new Rural Enterprise Academy

Three world class organisations, Veolia, the National Farmers Union and South Staffordshire College will launch England’s first dedicated, land-based free school with an open day at the College’s Rodbaston Campus on Saturday February 25.

The newly appointed Principal Designate of the Academy, Lorraine Makin, will join South Staffordshire College’s Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley to showcase the exciting opportunities for young people available at The Rural Enterprise Academy which aims to grow the rural entrepreneurs and business leaders for the future.

The open day will start at 9.30 in the morning on Saturday 25th February and will continue through until 11.30am, including a tour of the site where the academy is being built in the beautiful grounds of South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus.

The Rural Enterprise Academy is open to all 14 year old prospective year 10 students looking to study a strong academic core of subjects such as English Language, Maths, Science, ICT and Business Enterprise as well as a strong focus on land-based, rural, environmental and sustainability themes.

The Academy is also open to young people who want to study A Levels within the sector.  The Sixth Form curriculum includes Biology, Maths, English, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Business Studies, Geology, Psychology, Geography, ICT, and Sociology.  Students will select 4 subjects for AS Levels, which they can take on to A Level, or there is an option to do a BTEC Extended Diploma in, for example, Animal Management or Agriculture.

The school and Sixth Form will open in September 2012 and in addition to a range of academic and vocational subjects, year 10 students will have sessions around Health and Citizenship, Environmental Sustainability, Progression Coaching and Personal Fitness. Personal Fitness promises an eclectic mix of exciting activities including Paintballing, Horse Riding, Golf and Wii® Fit.

Sixth Formers will enjoy a welcoming and exciting learning environment, including a zoo, farm and equine centre. These students will be free from uniform and will experience every opportunity to use the onsite facilities such as Costa Coffee Shop as well as enjoyable trips and visits which will make up a key part of the learning programme.

The Rural Enterprise Academy is a relatively small school and there will be high expectations on levels of achievement and standards of behaviour.

At the open day, following coffee and registration at 9.30am, Graham Morley will formally introduce Lorraine Makin and she will provide insights to the new Academy experience. A virtual tour of the new school will follow and there will then be a chance to see some of the site facilities at first-hand, including the new award-winning Foster Learning Centre and the Animal Zone.

Finally everyone will return to the magnificent refurbished Rodbaston Hall to meet management and teaching staff, before being provided with additional information about the high quality learning support available and transport options as well as a complimentary pass to the Visitor Centre for the whole family.

Graham Morley summarises, “We are looking forward to seeing the very first intake of students.

The Rural Enterprise Academy is an excellent achievement for its founders but most important of all it offers an unrivalled career path for the young students of Staffordshire and beyond.”

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