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Government to consider JCB school

Tutbury Mill
Students would gain academic and vocational skills, JCB says

A plan by digger maker JCB to build a 20m academy school has been referred to the government.

JCB wants to convert Tutbury Mill in Rocester, Staffs, into a school for 540 pupils specialising in engineering, manufacturing and business.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has referred the decision on whether it should go ahead to the government.

The proposal for the former cotton mill built in 1781, has faced opposition from some historical societies.

JCB has said students would be taught academic and vocational skills at Tutbury Mill in Rocester, where the company has its world headquarters.

The facility would offer places to students aged 14 to 19 from the county and Derbyshire and they would be able to gain diplomas in engineering, manufacturing and international business.

JCB said it must encourage more young people to pursue careers with the firm.

Academies are independent state schools but which have outside partners, high levels of investment and greater autonomy.

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