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there's a first look at the papers over on the BBC News Channel, but
are calls for an inquiry as 90 pupils face having their edtcation
disrupted following the announcement that a secondary school in Hull is
closing. Hull Studio School, which opened less than two years `go, was
designed to focus on business and enterprise. But there aren't enough
students to make it viable. Caroline Bilton reports.
For some students this opportunity is really exciting. When it opened
it was a pioneer, just one of seven colleges in the UK to offer a new
type of education. But in ldss than two years it's closing, leaving the
future of some of its 90 sttdents hanging in the balance.
I had to check the date on the calendar because I honestly thought
it was an April Fool's joke. This parent wanted to remain
anonymous to protect her chhld's future education.
We'd had no warning at all from the school or any of the authorhties.
Nothing. We were totally in the dark. We don't know what's going on.
A studio school day won't bd a nine our child is going to be.
A studio school day won't bd a nine to three experience. It's sponsored
by Hull College but what is a studio school? It was a new concept in
education that started back in 010. They're a type of academy ddsigned
for pupils aged between 14 `nd 9. And they offer practical skhlls in
the workplace as well as tr`ditional academic and vocational studies
In a statement the trust th`t runs the School says that the closure is
down to increased competition across the city. That in turn has leant
they have struggled to recrtit the number of pupils necessary to secure
its viability. They say thex'll work with pupils to help them find an
appropriate destination to continue their learning.
The Department for Education gave ?170,000 to the Trust when the
school was set up. Some belheve an inquiry should take place. Hn my
knowledge this is completelx unprecedented. It's extraordinary,
in fact. How could you posshbly open a school, spend a lot of money on it
and have it closed within 18 months. You can hardly make it up, ht is
quite extraordinary. I think it has national implications. We do need to
get to the bottom of this. It aimed to teach them about the
world of work. For students here they're getting a taste of the
reality a little earlier th`n they would have liked.
No`one from Hull Studio School, its sponsors or the Department of
Education was available for comment. Earlier I spoke to Adrian Joyce from
the teaching union the NASUWT and asked him whether there really was a
lack demand for such a vocational school.
This particular case, it sedms there is a lack of demand and
unfortunately there should be lots of pupils, especially with the
Siemens and the wind power coming to Hull, there should be lots of pupils
wanting a vocational career, a vocational pathway but for some
reason they're just not attdnding. Before the studio school opdned the
Department of Education said that following a consultation thdre was a
huge appetite for it. What's gone wrong in the past 18 months? There
is a huge demand for educathon that is vocational because many students
are fed up with education that is weighing their intellect, wdighing
their ability and effort and they need a vocational course. Wd would
have thought this would havd been a successful route for them. Xet it
hasn't been successful, has it? No, nobody really knows why and it's
such a shame when you have students in Hull who could be doing good
things. It does seem perhaps a complete waste of ?170,000 that the
Department of Education contributed to the cost of this school. That
could be money spent elsewhdre. Exactly, that's one of the concerns
that unions have and the NASUWT are concerned about free schools and
studio schools where money hs taken away from the community schools and
students are taken away out of community schools and there isn t
the accountability. It's cldar this was a new way of educating
youngsters with a focus on business and enterprise. Do you think more
could have been done to support the school? It's an interesting
question. The studio school approach has allegedly been tried in Germany
and has been successful. We like to look at other countries and see what
ideas they have but for somd reason here in Hull it has not been
successful, which is a shamd, because there are people losing jobs
and there are students whosd dreams and hopes are going to be thwarted.
Adrian Joyce from the teachhng Union the NASUWT speaking to me e`rlier
Both Humberside and Lincolnshire Police need to make improvelents to
the way they handle domestic abuse. That's according to a new rdport
which says Humberside Policd has a fragmented and inconsistent approach
to dealing with cases. Lincolnshire's force was described
as being generally effectivd, but improvements are still needdd to
keep victims safe. After just than six months, flights
from Humberside Airport to Copenhagen are being scrappdd. When
it was launched, those involved believed one of the key are`s of
trade would be the renewablds sector. But Scandinavian Airlines
has blamed disappointing passenger numbers, as Emma Massey reports
Business as usual for KLM and Eastern Airways but the third major
airline to operate out of Htmberside Airport, Scandinavian Airlines, has
said today it's cancelling hts service. We are very disappointed
that Scandinavian Airlines have decided to cancel the route but
there are other opportunitids and we are really, really clear th`t with
KLM and with Eastern and other airlines that are looking to operate
from the region, now is a rdally exciting time for our airport and
for the region itself. When operations began in October last
year the deal was seen as a vote of confidence in the local economy
Denmark has pioneered the use of renewable energy which is expanding
across the Humber region with business links ever more important.
Scandinavian Airlines has s`id that passenger demand for the rotte was
not as high as anticipated which made it unsustainable to continue
flying from Humberside Airport. The route began at the end of October
last year. It's a five times a week service using a 50`seat aircraft.
Since it began there has bedn 1 cancellations due to weather and
technical issues. It will h`ve a major knock`on effect. A lot of
people rely on airlines these days, to and from work, to and from
holidays, you know. Personally, I'd hope this airport would grow as
opposed to potential cutbacks, so it's extremely disappointing.
With other airline operators using this airport successfully it's hoped
that Scandinavian Airlines will return at some point in the future.
It has been a bit wet today. Let's get a look at the weather now,
here's Paull Hudson with thd forecast. Hello good evening, well a
very unsettled night to comd with showery outbreaks of locallx very
heavy rain moving up from the south east, even the odd clap of thunder
but a bit of a clearance coling into most areas by dawn tomorrow. Lowest
temperatures down to five or six degrees. For Friday a mostlx cloudy
day and through the morning there is a risk of further patchy outbreaks
of rain in places but the afternoon should be dry just about evdrywhere
and possibly a bit brighter, always a lot of cloud. A keen eastdrly
wind, top temperatures eight or nine in the north, perhaps doubld figures
further south. That's the forecast. That's all from the late te`m. Look
North is back tomorrow mornhng at 6.25, I hope you can join us then.
Bye for now. Hello, as winter becomes spring the
atmosphere contains more energy The shower clouds grow taller. If
conditions are right, you get thunder storms. There have been some
today. Bob took this picture near London this afternoon. The spring
flowers will appreciate the re turn return of warmth. Until then big
showers to come, pushing in across south-west England - some hail and
thunder. Sleet and snow on to the top of the moors.
From Norfolk to coastal England into Northern Ireland. Elsewhere, one or
two showers around. Where you are clear for a time, you will see a
touch of frost here and there. Patchy mist and fog all in the mix
as Friday begins. From the word go, we are dodging downpours in
south-west England, increasingly so into Wales as well. Hail and thunder
with these. The day is starting starting largely dry weather. Still
this area of cloud and outbreaks of rain. Some heavy across