SATURDAY’S downpour did little to dampen the spirits of Rye College staff who were out and about in Rye to promote the town’s new Studio School.
The new school is set to open its doors in September 2013 and is the first of its kind in the south of England.
Rye College got the go ahead to open the state-of-the-art school after winning approval from the Government.
It also means that post 16 education will be on offer in Rye for the first time in more than a decade.
Studio schools are a new concept which allow students to work within specialist industries to gain vital skills and experience as well as gaining academic achievements.
Following the success of a business launch, sponsored by The George Hotel, the Rye Studio School launched its Roadshows last weekend.
The Rye Studio School will offer 14 - 19 year olds unique opportunities for learning, combining study for traditional examinations with experience of the world of work.
One of only 30 Studio Schools in the country, the Rye Studio School will prepare young people for work within the creative industries.
Students will be able to gain hands-on experience at sound and lighting engineering, music technology, visual arts, film making, web design and broadcasting.
Students will be able to transfer to the Studio School in Year 10 and will study maths, English, science and information communications technology.
At the age of 16 they will be able to enter a job or apprenticeship or continue their studies at the Studio School.
The school will take in students from all over East Sussex and Kent.
Principal Ann Cockerham said: “Our students will be adaptable, creative thinkers, capable of taking on a challenge and seeing it through.
“They will be self-confident and self-motivated young people”
Exciting developments at Rye College have seen the opening of a new dance and drama studio and a multi-use games area which can also be used by the local community.
To find out more, please visit the website www.ryestudioschool.co.uk or come out to the Roadshows: Saturday October 20 - Tenterden Tesco car park (10.00 - 2.30pm), 27th October - De La Warr, Bexhill, car park (10.00 - 2.30pm), 3rd November - Ashford Town Centre Bandstand (10.00 - 2.30pm), 10th November - Hastings Town Centre (10.00 - 2.30pm).