Skills top of agenda at new free school

Redshift Academy in MK
Redshift Academy in MK

A new free school is being launched in Milton Keynes specialising in digital and creative media.

The Redshift Academy, supported by Lloyds Banking Group, will be for 16-19 year-olds with the aim of equipping young people with the skills they need for future employment.

The curriculum will use a concept called Learning Companies which will enable students to gain employment and progression beyond their current expectations.

Students will experience a range of scenarios which will provide them with opportunities to run a real life business. This will include exposure to genuine technology start-up companies, development of creative and entrepreneurial faculties and the freedom to explore new ideas, concepts and technologies, all with the support from enterprise mentors.

They will leave the academy with a range of academic and vocational qualifications including AS/A2 Levels, Level 3 BTECs, NCFE short courses and a portfolio of employer authenticated awards.

Creativity, entrepreneurship and technology will be at the heart of the new Free School which will enable students to progress in conjunction with local, national and global employers onto careers and job opportunities in new and emerging industries.

The Redshift Academy has prepared an application for the Department for Education, which is due to make an announcment this Spring.