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 Voyager gets media arts status

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The new £26 million Voyager School in Peterborough has been awarded specialist status as Peterborough’s first Media Arts school before it even opens following a successful application to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) last October.

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The school, which is currently under construction in Mountsteven Avenue, Walton, Peterborough, successfully secured the necessary £50,000 sponsorship from local businesses and The Specialist Schools Trust Partnership Fund.

An assessment, conducted between October and December, included a visit from the DfES and today (Thursday 1 February) a Ministerial announcement has confirmed that the new flagship school will have specialist Media Arts status when it opens in September.

Malcolm Groves, chair of Voyager’s temporary governing body, said: “For a brand new school to have achieved specialist status at the first attempt is a real achievement. It reflects real recognition for the quality of the leadership team we have working to establish our new school.

“It also brings real opportunity for all our students to achieve and learn in an exciting and imaginative new environment. That represents real potential for our local communities and for Peterborough as a whole to benefit from the city’s first fully specialist arts and media school. We are all absolutely thrilled by this news. It’s a fantastic start to our launch year!”

Deputy head teacher Moira Green added: “We are thrilled to have succeeded in securing specialist media arts status for The Voyager School and the surrounding community. Our plans are ambitious and we are looking forward to travelling ‘above and beyond’ in our achievements.”

The Voyager aims to:

  • Be a world-class school at the forefront of innovation and education in media arts

  • Inspire, engage and enthuse all students with a love of learning through the arts

  • Be a centre of arts and cultural excellence that will enrich local and global communities

  • Equip students and local residents with key employment skills, creating leaders for the future

  • Raise the aspirations of students and prepare them to become fully participating citizens

  • Stimulate the creation of an ‘Artsmark golden cluster’ of schools with a high level of provision in the arts that will demonstrate excellence in the provision of arts education.

Ms Green added: “We will be working with our partner schools and the community to develop a wide range of exciting opportunities for the people of north Peterborough. This will take us one step nearer to establishing a centre of excellence that will inspire young people and the community to strive for the highest standards.

“The Voyager School has a very diverse catchment area and we wish to build on this, draw strength from our rich cultural diversity and help all our students nurture a passion and appreciation for the arts and media literacy in this digital age.

“We are committed to finding innovative ways in which media and arts can be used in other areas of the curriculum to set and maintain high standards of learning and teaching.”

Voyager head teacher Hugh Howe said: “This success provides clear and explicit evidence of our ability to create opportunities for students, staff and our community of learners in the exciting field of media arts.

“It recognises that we are about to start a new school and educate students in an environment that is safe and stimulating and where learning and teaching will confidently move towards the achievement of excellence for all. This is a very proud day for all associated with The Voyager School.”

Peterborough City Council’s director of children’s services Mohammed Mehmet said: “The impact of media and arts on every aspect of life means that this achievement offers exciting opportunities for The Voyager’s students and staff and for Peterborough’s wider community. It offers further diversity in the range of schools with specialist status in Peterborough.

“I congratulate the Voyager team on their remarkable achievement in winning specialist status before the school has even opened.”

Cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services Councillor Geoff Ridgway added: “This success provides further substance for our ambitions to provide high quality opportunities for learning so that our young people will make a full contribution to the city’s future success.”

February 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website




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