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Two 'Studio Schools' to open in the West Country

Two 'Studio Schools' are to open in the region, the Government has announced.

Studio Schools allow 14 to 19-year-olds to study academic subjects through practical projects designed and delivered by employers. Pupils combine core GCSEs and vocational qualifications with real work experience.

  • The Bath Studio School is proposed by a partnership of five schools – The Link School, Writhlington School, Norton Hill School, Wellsway School and St Gregory’s Catholic College.

It will specialise in Business, IT & Administration; Science, Construction and built environment; Tourism and Recreation and Digital & Creative media.

  • Dorset Studio School in Dorchester will specialise in environmental and land based studies. It is proposed by Kingston Maurward College, a specialist land based college, and Thomas Hardye School. Key employer partners include the National Trust, the RSPCA, and the Royal Veterinary College.

More employers are getting involved in Studio Schools, demonstrating their commitment to preparing young people – who will be their future employees – for the world of work.

It is crucial for young people to have the skills and experience vital to employers, both for their own prosperity and to help us compete in the global race.

– Schools Minister Lord Nash

Fellowes opposes plans for homes in Dorchester

Producer Julian Fellowes Credit: Hubert Boesl

Lord Fellowes warns the land inspired the writer Thomas Hardy and should be protected. In a letter to the local paper, he says other sites should be considered.

Lord Fellowes warns the land inspired the writer Thomas Hardy and should be protected. In a letter to the local paper, he says other sites should be considered.

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Dorset Police want to trace phone shop raiders

Police would like to hear from anyone with information about a raid on a mobile phone shop in Dorchester.

Four men went into Vodafone Ltd on Cornhill just before closing on Tuesday [19 February] and stole display mobile phones and two iPads, worth around £5,000.

The offenders entered the store during a busy period and ripped the items straight off the walls before making off.

I am very keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this theft take place, or may have information about those involved.

I would also like to trace the stolen property and speak to anyone who has been offered mobiles or iPads in strange circumstances.

– Police Constable Garry Mason, Dorset Police

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