27/03/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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there's a first look at the papers over on the BBC News Channel, but

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are calls for an inquiry as 90 pupils face having their edtcation

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disrupted following the announcement that a secondary school in Hull is

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closing. Hull Studio School, which opened less than two years `go, was

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designed to focus on business and enterprise. But there aren't enough

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students to make it viable. Caroline Bilton reports.

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For some students this opportunity is really exciting. When it opened

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it was a pioneer, just one of seven colleges in the UK to offer a new

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type of education. But in ldss than two years it's closing, leaving the

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future of some of its 90 sttdents hanging in the balance.

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I had to check the date on the calendar because I honestly thought

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it was an April Fool's joke. This parent wanted to remain

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anonymous to protect her chhld's future education.

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We'd had no warning at all from the school or any of the authorhties.

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Nothing. We were totally in the dark. We don't know what's going on.

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A studio school day won't bd a nine our child is going to be.

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A studio school day won't bd a nine to three experience. It's sponsored

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by Hull College but what is a studio school? It was a new concept in

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education that started back in 010. They're a type of academy ddsigned

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for pupils aged between 14 `nd 9. And they offer practical skhlls in

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the workplace as well as tr`ditional academic and vocational studies

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In a statement the trust th`t runs the School says that the closure is

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down to increased competition across the city. That in turn has leant

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they have struggled to recrtit the number of pupils necessary to secure

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its viability. They say thex'll work with pupils to help them find an

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appropriate destination to continue their learning.

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The Department for Education gave ?170,000 to the Trust when the

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school was set up. Some belheve an inquiry should take place. Hn my

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knowledge this is completelx unprecedented. It's extraordinary,

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in fact. How could you posshbly open a school, spend a lot of money on it

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and have it closed within 18 months. You can hardly make it up, ht is

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quite extraordinary. I think it has national implications. We do need to

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get to the bottom of this. It aimed to teach them about the

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world of work. For students here they're getting a taste of the

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reality a little earlier th`n they would have liked.

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No`one from Hull Studio School, its sponsors or the Department of

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Education was available for comment. Earlier I spoke to Adrian Joyce from

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the teaching union the NASUWT and asked him whether there really was a

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lack demand for such a vocational school.

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This particular case, it sedms there is a lack of demand and

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unfortunately there should be lots of pupils, especially with the

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Siemens and the wind power coming to Hull, there should be lots of pupils

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wanting a vocational career, a vocational pathway but for some

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reason they're just not attdnding. Before the studio school opdned the

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Department of Education said that following a consultation thdre was a

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huge appetite for it. What's gone wrong in the past 18 months? There

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is a huge demand for educathon that is vocational because many students

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are fed up with education that is weighing their intellect, wdighing

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their ability and effort and they need a vocational course. Wd would

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have thought this would havd been a successful route for them. Xet it

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hasn't been successful, has it? No, nobody really knows why and it's

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such a shame when you have students in Hull who could be doing good

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things. It does seem perhaps a complete waste of ?170,000 that the

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Department of Education contributed to the cost of this school. That

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could be money spent elsewhdre. Exactly, that's one of the concerns

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that unions have and the NASUWT are concerned about free schools and

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studio schools where money hs taken away from the community schools and

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students are taken away out of community schools and there isn t

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the accountability. It's cldar this was a new way of educating

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youngsters with a focus on business and enterprise. Do you think more

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could have been done to support the school? It's an interesting

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question. The studio school approach has allegedly been tried in Germany

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and has been successful. We like to look at other countries and see what

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ideas they have but for somd reason here in Hull it has not been

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successful, which is a shamd, because there are people losing jobs

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and there are students whosd dreams and hopes are going to be thwarted.

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Adrian Joyce from the teachhng Union the NASUWT speaking to me e`rlier

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Both Humberside and Lincolnshire Police need to make improvelents to

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the way they handle domestic abuse. That's according to a new rdport

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which says Humberside Policd has a fragmented and inconsistent approach

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to dealing with cases. Lincolnshire's force was described

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as being generally effectivd, but improvements are still needdd to

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keep victims safe. After just than six months, flights

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from Humberside Airport to Copenhagen are being scrappdd. When

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it was launched, those involved believed one of the key are`s of

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trade would be the renewablds sector. But Scandinavian Airlines

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has blamed disappointing passenger numbers, as Emma Massey reports

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Business as usual for KLM and Eastern Airways but the third major

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airline to operate out of Htmberside Airport, Scandinavian Airlines, has

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said today it's cancelling hts service. We are very disappointed

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that Scandinavian Airlines have decided to cancel the route but

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there are other opportunitids and we are really, really clear th`t with

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KLM and with Eastern and other airlines that are looking to operate

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from the region, now is a rdally exciting time for our airport and

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for the region itself. When operations began in October last

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year the deal was seen as a vote of confidence in the local economy

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Denmark has pioneered the use of renewable energy which is expanding

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across the Humber region with business links ever more important.

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Scandinavian Airlines has s`id that passenger demand for the rotte was

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not as high as anticipated which made it unsustainable to continue

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flying from Humberside Airport. The route began at the end of October

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last year. It's a five times a week service using a 50`seat aircraft.

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Since it began there has bedn 1 cancellations due to weather and

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technical issues. It will h`ve a major knock`on effect. A lot of

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people rely on airlines these days, to and from work, to and from

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holidays, you know. Personally, I'd hope this airport would grow as

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opposed to potential cutbacks, so it's extremely disappointing.

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With other airline operators using this airport successfully it's hoped

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that Scandinavian Airlines will return at some point in the future.

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It has been a bit wet today. Let's get a look at the weather now,

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here's Paull Hudson with thd forecast. Hello good evening, well a

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very unsettled night to comd with showery outbreaks of locallx very

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heavy rain moving up from the south east, even the odd clap of thunder

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but a bit of a clearance coling into most areas by dawn tomorrow. Lowest

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temperatures down to five or six degrees. For Friday a mostlx cloudy

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day and through the morning there is a risk of further patchy outbreaks

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of rain in places but the afternoon should be dry just about evdrywhere

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and possibly a bit brighter, always a lot of cloud. A keen eastdrly

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wind, top temperatures eight or nine in the north, perhaps doubld figures

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further south. That's the forecast. That's all from the late te`m. Look

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North is back tomorrow mornhng at 6.25, I hope you can join us then.

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Bye for now. Hello, as winter becomes spring the

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atmosphere contains more energy The shower clouds grow taller. If

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conditions are right, you get thunder storms. There have been some

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today. Bob took this picture near London this afternoon. The spring

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flowers will appreciate the re turn return of warmth. Until then big

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showers to come, pushing in across south-west England - some hail and

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thunder. Sleet and snow on to the top of the moors.

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From Norfolk to coastal England into Northern Ireland. Elsewhere, one or

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two showers around. Where you are clear for a time, you will see a

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touch of frost here and there. Patchy mist and fog all in the mix

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as Friday begins. From the word go, we are dodging downpours in

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south-west England, increasingly so into Wales as well. Hail and thunder

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with these. The day is starting starting largely dry weather. Still

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this area of cloud and outbreaks of rain. Some heavy across

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