June 22, 2008

Media School to Make Headlines

Cameras will be rolling later this year at a North Lincolnshire secondary school, which has stormed to success after being awarded specialist status in media and the arts.

North Axholme School, at Crowle, has been given the academic gold star after applying to achieve specialist status in March.

The school will become the 14th specialist school in North Lincolnshire and the first specialist Media Arts College in the region.

Headteacher Joe Sellars said he was thrilled with the status.

"Everyone at the school is delighted with the news," he said.

"We have worked very hard to gain specialist school status in the exciting area of media arts.

"Our plans include working with our partner primary schools and the community to provide top class learning opportunities which are not available in this rural area at the moment.

"We are really excited about the challenge of bringing our plans to life."

The announcement, made by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, means the school can build upon existing strengths in English, art and ICT using more than pounds150,000 in sponsorship to fund a capital project which will see state-of-the-art facilities being developed for digital media and other areas.

And the school will be able to teach an increased range of courses that will meet the needs of young people in this digital age.

At present, the school offers a well equipped music and art block, featuring interactive white boards, recording studios, practice rooms, a printing table and display areas.

And the school's ICT suites were refurbished only last summer to kit them out with the latest technology.

But thanks to the grant, Mr Sellars said the facilities will be enhanced even further.

"In art, we'll be able to do better screen printing and photography and there will be a film studio, cameras and digital cameras so the affect of the specialist status will be felt across all subjects, even though the focus is on English, art and ICT."

Coun Tony Gosling, cabinet member for education at North Lincolnshire Council, said the news was a 'great achievement'.

He added: "This represents a massive opportunity for students to achieve and learn within this exciting and imaginative specialist field of study."

The news also means all 14 secondary schools in North Lincolnshire have now been granted specialist status.

Pupil Elliott Harvey-Major (13) said the specialist status would really give the current media and art facilities a boost.

"They will be even better once the money has been spent on improving them and we'll be able to do more exciting things in that subject area."

And Amy Young (13) agreed: "We've got some good art and media facilities here, but I'm looking forward to getting even more stuff as it will give the pupils here a better education."

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