Martyn Cox is the headteacher designate of Scott Medical and Healthcare College.
He is currently vice principal at Stoke Damerel Community College – the studio school’s sponsor – and has been part of the team setting up the school from the beginning.
“It’s a unique experience and a privilege to be able to be the head of a school which I will have taken from the very first seed of an idea to the day, in just over a year’s time, when we have our first intake of Year 9 and Year 12 learners”
Martyn Cox, headteacher designate Scott Medical and Healthcare College
Plans for the 375-student school – which will welcome its first students in September 2017 – were announced by the Department for Education in March last year.
It will offer places to young people in Years 9 to 13 to develop highly-valued vocational skills for the wider healthcare sector.
Studio schools are more like workplaces with a longer school day and classroom teaching combined with work placements.
“I had wonderful day at the Palace and it was very illuminating to hear the Duke’s views on studio schools and why he believes small schools like ours are the best place for some students to learn,” he said.
“It’s a unique experience and a privilege to be able to be the head of a school which I will have taken from the very first seed of an idea to the day, in just over a year’s time, when we have our first intake of Year 9 and Year 12 learners.”
Plans for the 375-student school – which will welcome its first students in September 2017 – were announced by the Department for Education in March last year
At first students will carry out work experience from half a day to a full day each week.
“There is a consistent demand for well-trained healthcare professionals and our school will offer the best of both worlds,” said Mr Cox, who has worked at Stoke Damerel since 2003.
“It’s a small school, offering high-quality teaching and state-of-the-art facilities as well as the opportunity for work placements with our outstanding healthcare partners.
“Studio Schools also have greater freedom from the national curriculum and will not have to fit into the confines of teaching the EBacc at KS4.”
Key to the vision for the school – which will offer a range of academic, vocational and professional qualifications – is its partnership with a number of local healthcare educators and practitioners who have been key in formulating the studio school’s unique and innovative curriculum.
Partners include the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), the University’s Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and Plymouth NHS Hospitals Trust.
“I am delighted with Martyn’s appointment and look forward to continuing my work with him and the wider Studio School Programme Board on the next phase of this exciting innovation.”
Professor Greg Dix, Director of Nursing, Plymouth NHS Hospitals Trust
“We are tremendously privileged to be a partner in this venture and it is heartening to see it attract attention at the highest levels. We are looking forward to working with Martyn and his colleagues to create the health care professionals of the future.”
Professor Robert Sneyd, Dean of PUPSMD
“It’s great that Martyn has been appointed headteacher designate for Scott College and I’ve no doubt he’ll do a fantastic job. The college has an important role to play in helping students to learn more about health care and the skills needed to excel within associated professions, so I’m very much looking forward to working with him.”
Professor Trish Livsey, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at Plymouth University
Admitting pupils aged between 13 and 19, the studio school will be separate and distinct from Stoke Damerel whilst taking advantage of the economies of scale of being a part of a multi-academy trust.
Applications can be made for places in Year 9 and Year 12 from 1 September 2016 find out how to apply HERE.
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