New studio school boss named

(left to right) East Durham College principal Suzanne Duncan, New Apollo Studio Academy principal Sally Hudson, The Academy at Shotton Hall headteacher Leslie Powell
(left to right) East Durham College principal Suzanne Duncan, New Apollo Studio Academy principal Sally Hudson, The Academy at Shotton Hall headteacher Leslie Powell
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THE first-ever principal of a new studio school has been appointed.

The Apollo Studio Academy, which opens its doors in September 2014, has announced that Sally Hudson, who has worked as vice principal at East Durham College for the past three years, is its new principal.

Sponsored by The Academy at Shotton Hall and East Durham College, the Apollo Studio Academy will eventually cater for around 300 students, aged 14-19.

It will offer mainstream qualifications including GCSEs, A-levels, and a range of vocational and professional qualifications.

Mrs Hudson, 40, from Trimdon, came through a rigorous selection process and is thrilled to lead on the development of this unique new school for Peterlee.

She said: “What makes a studio school unique is its focus on developing learners’ employability and life skills which it carefully researches with local employers.

“In fact, our students will spend a large amount of time each week on work placements, some paid, with a host of private and public sector employers.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead on the development of this exciting new chapter in the education of young people in East Durham.”

Plans are underway to see if the academy can be sited in an undeveloped wing at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus.