August 3, 2008

Foxhills College to Get ‘Home Base’

Foxhills Technology College, Scunthorpe, will soon be at the forefront of innovation in teaching.

Under the North Lincolnshire Council Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, the college will get a new 'home base' building, called Discover, where students will have their own working space and laptop computers to aid learning at home and at school.

The pounds80-million BSF scheme will see seven secondary schools in Scunthorpe renovated or rebuilt. These include the transformation of High Ridge Sports College, which will reopen in September as St Lawrence Academy, and Brumby Engineering College.

At Foxhills, small classrooms will be added to Discover for groups of students to receive specialist tuition.

Year seven pupils arriving at the school in September will be given a laptop computer. The scheme will be repeated for new pupils in September 2009.

The new facilities will allow the school to personalise the work of every student, teach in smaller groups and make all teaching material available online.

Foxhills College is receiving pounds500,000 from BSF to finance Discover's capital costs and the college is putting up another pounds160,000.

North Lincolnshire Council said it wanted the Foxhills project to be a blueprint for the future of education in the county.

For more, see Saturday's Scunthorpe Telegraph.

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