Digitech's £4m hi-tech hub is ready

Published on: 28 Oct 2016

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STUDENTS and staff at Digitech in Warmley are preparing to move into their £4 million new  building.

The studio school, for students aged 14 to 19, specialises in equipping young people with the skills and qualifications they will need to work in the creative and hi-tech industries.

The  purpose-built premises will provide up-to-the minute facilities to deliver the school's curriculum, which includes  GCSEs and A-levels as well as professional and vocational qualifications.

The building features science and technology laboratories, "break out" spaces, a cafe and theatre space as well as conventional classrooms, multi-media labs and computer suites. There is also a library and sixth form centre. State-of-the-art equipment on site includes 3D printers, a laser cutter and PrintBots (3D printable robot kits).

The innovative school, which can take up to 300 students, opened in September 2015 in part of the former Grange School. Demand for places has been high. The current Year 10 is full, but a few spaces remain for Year 12.

The school has strong links with employers and students have regular weekly work experience placements. Business partners  participate in project-based learning, giving students the chance to work on real-world assignments. They also deliver master classes, employability skills workshops, mock interviews, site visits and sponsorship.

Its small size means it can help develop individual students through one-to-one coaching.

Digitech is part of the Cabot Learning Federation which sponsors 14 primary and secondary academies in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and Weston-super-Mare, educating about 8,000 students.

CLF chief executive Steve Taylor said:  “The high concentration of specialist technology firms in the area means the city has a strong track record of generating its own skilled and educated workforce.The scope for growth within the hi-tech and creative industries is huge and we need to ensure that Bristol is in a position to take advantage of this."
Principal Martina Veale said: “Digitech has made a strong start, and the commitment, determination and calibre of our students  is building something special. This wonderful new building will provide us with a platform to build on that success.”

There's a chance to see the new school, and find out about places for 2017, at an open evening on November 17  from 5-8pm. The school will also hold open mornings every Friday from November 11, from 9-11am.

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