A SKILLS school aimed at preparing people as young as 14 for the world of work has opened its doors to its first students.
More than 80 students aged 14-17 have started at the new Apollo Studio Academy – East Durham’s first studio school.
It will give students a more practical approach to learning, aimed at the work environment.
The academy, based at East Durham College in Peterlee, says it offers a new and exciting approach to education.
As well as having a nine-to-five school day, students take part in continuous work experience placements.
The academy has set up links with local employers, who will provide work placements, such as Northumbria NHS, Caterpillar, NSK, Northumbrian Water and Kier among others.
Apollo Studio Academy principal Sally Hudson said: “It’s been a long two years leading up to this day, but it’s finally here.”
She added: “We’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point, but it’s now great to say the academy is open.”