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Creative Arts School - City Centre Location Announcement

Plymouth College of Art is delighted to announce that Plymouth School of Creative Arts has selected a site in Millbay for a brand new school campus, next to the Cargo building and a short walk from the city centre, subject to planning permission and final Government funding approval.

The deadline for first round applications for the 150 places in Reception, Years 1 and 2 is Tuesday 15 January through the Plymouth City Council admissions process.

The School will contribute a ground-breaking creative educational project of national significance to the wider development of Millbay and the west end of the city, at the heart of the Millbay, Stonehouse, Union Street communities, and is expected to open in its new buildings in September 2014.

The School will open for its first year with Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils in high quality accommodation at the Cargo building, directly opposite the site of the new school.

Professor Andrew Brewerton commented:

'Our vision for Plymouth School of Creative Arts has always been that this is not only a case study in creative educational innovation, but equally a physical and cultural resource for its local community and for Plymouth. We look forward with keen anticipation to engaging directly with the aspirations of the Millbay, Stonehouse and Union Street communities.'

'We warmly welcome the partnership and support of Plymouth City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and English Cities Fund in realising this project, and we are especially delighted that our September 2013 intake of Key Stage 1 pupils will be involved in the making of their school.'

Dave Strudwick, Headteacher Designate of Plymouth School of Creative Arts, commented:

'Starting a brand new school in purpose-built facilities is an amazing opportunity for myself, staff, students and our community. I'm looking forward to bringing this exciting venture to life.'

Duncan Cumberland, Development Director at Muse Developments, one of the partners in English Cities Fund, added:

"This proposition can really help cement the great progress that has been made at Millbay over the past 18 months, with the continuing residential development, the start of works on the new Kingpoint Marina and the recent announcement that we will be bringing forward earlier than expected the first section of a new boulevard aimed at linking the waterfront with the city centre. The school will be at the heart of this mixed use development and bring great commercial and community benefits to Millbay."

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Nicky Williams, said:

"This is a time of great change for education in the city, as we see different models oflearning emerging that can support our improvements further. The Plymouth School of Creative Arts will offer a unique learning experience with a focus on creativity, as well as meeting the urgent need for primary school places in the city. This is further proof that our bid for City of Culture is grounded in living, breathing examples of Plymouth's creative and varied cultural offer.

"Ultimately our aim is to ensure no matter where a child lives in Plymouth, they have a choice of excellent, modern schools providing first class education."