The very first student to apply for a place at Plymouth’s newest secondary school was a guest of honour at a bolt-tightening ceremony to mark a significant milestone in the construction of the school.
Caitlin Owen started in Year 9 when Scott Medical and Healthcare College opened at its temporary site in September 2017 and she attended with fellow Year 9 Alex Stryjakiewicz and Sixth Form students Owen Kilcommons and Marsha Johnson.
Work on Scott’s new £5m building in Stoke – led by Kier Construction – began last summer and the bolt tightening ceremony on 30 January 2018 marked the completion of the steel structure.
“It was nice to be part of it and see how the building is getting on,” said Caitlin, who is planning to be paediatric nurse or midwife.
“I’m very glad I moved to Scott College and I can’t wait to start lessons in our brand new school.”
The new small, state school – which specialises in training the healthcare professionals of the future – welcomed 84 students into its first ever Year 9 last year as well as more than 60 Year 12 students.
Central to the vision for the school – which offers 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 its unique and innovative curriculum.
The school’s partners – Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Livewell Southwest, Plymouth University’s Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry – are providing work placements as well as masterclasses for students.
“We are really looking forward to being in our new building which the Kier team is constructing at an incredible rate,” said headteacher Martyn Cox.
“Our students can’t wait to start learning in their purpose-built health and social care rooms and medical and dentistry consulting rooms.
“It’s been a pleasure to welcome students, partners and the construction team to the site to celebrate this important moment in the school’s progress,” he said.
Also present at the bolt tightening was Professor Greg Dix, Chief Nurse and Operating Officer at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, who said he was “absolutely delighted” to be marking the progress of the building which is right next door to its sponsor school Stoke Damerel Community College on Somerset Place.
“It’s amazing to think that four years ago this school was only an idea on paper so to be here today is fantastic,” said Prof Dix, who is also chair of governors at Scott College.
“It’s also testament to headteacher Martyn Cox’s passion and enthusiasm that it is now a reality and already proving so popular with a waiting list in the first Year 9.”
Sharon Jones, Associate Head School of Nursing and Midwifery Plymouth University, said: “We are delighted to be work in partnership with Scott College and look forward to welcoming future students both within nursing and midwifery and other health professions.”
Brian Rice, Operations Director for Kier Construction, said: “It is fantastic to see the building taking shape and so many people gathered to celebrate this milestone in construction. We look forward to welcoming the first students into this prestigious building in September.”
Schools like Scott College are state schools which are more like workplaces with a longer school day and classroom teaching combined with work placements. At first, students carry out work experience from half a day to a full day each week.
Ajay Sharma from Kensington Taylor Architects who designed the new school – which admits pupils aged between 13 and 19 – said it was a “privilege” to be part of the project team delivering “this exceptional building, supporting educational development for the 21st century”.Apply