Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Status Celebration

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Status Celebration

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Byline: By Nicola Juncar

A Tyneside secondary school is celebrating becoming a specialist college.

All Saints, in West Denton, Newcastle, has become the first school in the city to be granted business and enterprise status.

The announcement was made at the beginning of the year by Education Minister Jackie Smith and followed a rigorous application process, which has taken two years to come to fruition.

However, it only launched itself as a business and enterprise college this month.

To achieve specialist status, the college had to develop a plan setting out how it would meet targets, work with business partners and provide opportunities for students and the wider community.

The college has also had to raise part of the funding for the project, with the remaining funding coming directly from the Government.

Principal David Scott said: "We're absolutely delighted to have achieved this accolade.

"It's a major boost for the college and will enable us to continue the excellent progress the college has made since it opened.

"I'd particularly like to thank our community sponsors who have helped us to raise the amount needed to bid for this award and the staff of All Saints' College, who have worked incredibly hard to put the bid together."

Having business and enterprise status will bring significant extra cash for All Saints' College over the next four years.

This will enable the school to develop what it describes as an exciting and innovative programme, working in partnership with the local business community to create opportunities for every student.

The college plans to link three core subjects ( information and communication technology, business and maths ( and use them across all curriculum subjects to develop students' knowledge and skills in these areas.

This will in turn help the college to continue to raise standards of achievement across all subjects and, as it says, create a "can-do culture" for students. …

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