County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds is to create a new technical academy which will offer STEM subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
The news comes as part of the Department for Education’s announcement that 18 free schools will be created in the Government’s ongoing committment to its free schools programnme.
The Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust will now create an engineering and science academy working closely with local industry and business.
Today County Upper headteacher Vicky Neale was at Number 10 meeting Prime Minister David Cameron.
A statement from the DfE says: “Bury St Edmunds Technical Academy will open its doors in 2017. It will be led by the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust, which runs Bury St Edmunds County Upper School, judged to be outstanding by Ofsted in September 2013.
“The new school will focus on science and engineering and pupils can look forward to work placements and work based projects through the trust’s partnerships with a range of local employers.”
Pupils at the all-through trust will at age 13 be able to opt for either the STEM academy or County Upper with the flexibility to move at 14 or 16.
Announcing the new venture chairman of the All-Through Trust, Richard Fletcher said: “The Trust has long advocated the need for fresh approaches to different routes in education, all with equal parity. Through the Technical Academy the Trust will seek to create one such route by embedding teaching within a vocational context, developing the skills young people need for the modern workplace.
“We now have a short period to develop our plans further, particularly with regard to the site and physical resources required for the new Technical Academy.
“During this period the Trust will be working closely with the DfE, our industrial supporters and other stakeholders, particularly parents and the local authority, to ensure that we realise this very exciting, new initiative to provide an outstanding option for Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.”
Among businesses supporting the venture are Treatt, UK Power Networks, Vitec, Claas UK, Marshall’s, Bosch and British Sugar along with the University of East Anglia and the Suffolk business partnership.