THE first intake of students at a pioneering new type of North-East school have visited the site.

The group of teenagers gathered at Blandford Street in Newcastle, where work on  the £9m Discovery School  is well advanced.

The school will open in September offering 14 to 19-year-olds in County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland an education focused on the STEM subjects.

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Although the school will provide a traditional education, offering GCSEs and A-Levels, it will be delivered in a hands-on, applied way.

Science, technology, engineering and maths will be at the heart of everything it does as it aims to prepare young people for higher education and careers in these growing sectors.

The school will operate more like a business, with the majority of lessons taking a practical form in labs and workshops, rather than classrooms, and with longer days and less homework.

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