October 5, 2017
Plymouth’s newest school opens doors to first students
Scott Medical and Healthcare College – Plymouth’s newest secondary school – has welcomed its first ever students.
The new small, state school specialises in training the healthcare professionals of the future and welcomed 84 Year 9 and Year 12 students in September.
Professor Greg Dix, Derriford Hospital’s director of nursing, cut the ribbon to declare the school open at its temporary location at the Millfields in Plymouth. Work has begun on a brand new permanent building in the Stoke area of the city.
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 the 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 and masterclasses for students.
“It’s really exciting to see this day after three years of hard work and I feel honoured to have been part of the journey,” said Professor Dix, who is the school’s chair of governors.
“I feel very inspired by our future health and social care professionals and look forward to opening the doors of Derriford to them when they come for work placements to find out what life is like in a working hospital.”
Plans for the school were announced by the Department for Education in March 2015. It offers places to young people in Years 9 to 13 to develop highly-valued vocational academic experience for the medical and healthcare sector.
“We are thrilled that our small school has proved extremely popular with students and parents and that we have opened with a full intake,” said headteacher Martyn Cox.
“Parents and students tell us that it is the deep support from our partners as well as our sponsor Stoke Damerel that makes Scott College an attractive option for students in Plymouth and across Devon and into Cornwall.”
Heather Nash”s son Kieron has joined Year 9 and hopes to become a nutritionist or a physiotherapist. “It’s wonderful that he is getting the opportunity to study for the career he knows he wants,”said Mrs Nash.
“Coming to the excellent Open Day – where we heard Mr Cox’s clear vision for Scott College – convinced us that this was the right move for Kieron. I’m sure he and the other students have an exciting future ahead of them.”
Steve Waite, chief executive of Livewell Southwest, described the opening as a ‘momentous occasion’.”It’s a hugely significant development for health and social care in Plymouth and it’s especially fitting it should open on the site of the former Royal Naval Hospital,” he said.
“Livewell is really proud to support the school, it’s a great opportunity for the city’s young people.”
Applications are now open for places in the next Year 9 and Year 12 and open events are being held on October 7 and November 29.
Professor Bridie Kent, interim executive Dean of Plymouth University’s Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, said: “It’s been fantastic to be here to see Scott College opened officially and to see so many students who want to embark on a career in health care. The university is delighted to be able to be part of helping them to realise their dreams.”
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 will carry out work experience from half a day to a full day each week.
Admitting pupils aged between 13 and 19, the school is separate and distinct from its sponsor Stoke Damerel Community College whilst taking advantage of the economies of scale of being part of the Inspiring Schools Partnership multi-academy trust.
First published in the Plymouth Shopper – October 2017