Digitech welcomes new principal

February 03 2017

DIGITECH Studio School is Warmley now has a new Principal as well as a £4 million new building.

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DIGITECH Studio School is Warmley now has a new Principal as well as a £4 million new  building.

Lis Jolley has moved to the school, which specialises in equipping young people with the skills and qualifications for  work in the creative and hi-tech industries, after taking leading roles at several other local schools including John Cabot Academy and Bristol Metropolitan Academy.

She is excited by the vision of studio schools, in which educators can work with industry experts to  co-design the learning,

“Employers are saying that students are not leaving school with the skills they are looking for,” she said. “At Digitech we ensure that we focus on employability and skills such as communication, emotional intelligence, enterprise and applied thinking.

“We are a small school for 14-19 year-olds are we are recruiting for Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2017.”

Students at Digitech follow a  curriculum that includes  GCSEs and A-levels as well as professional and vocational qualifications.

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.

Ms Jolley said: “I am really proud to be the new Principal at Digitech Studio School. I have worked as senior leader in the Cabot Learning Federation for over ten years and working with young people is the best job in the world.”