A NEW high school specifically designed for students who have "switched off" from mainstream schooling will be set up in Cooks Hill next year.
The school, to be known as the Cooks Hill Campus, can take up to 102 year 9 and 10 students from term 1, 2014 and will expand to take year 11 students from 2015.
Cooks Hill Campus will be set up in the old Newcastle School in Laman Street, and will employ a tactical, individual approach to teach the students, known as the Big Picture Education design.
Students will set up their own goals and complete internships one day a week in the wider community, based on their own interests.
The Big Picture Education design has been operating since 2006 and is now used in about 40 NSW schools.
Public Schools director Jenny Moody said the program provided personalised learning for students who were self-starters and were prepared to take responsibility for their own learning.
Applications for the new school close on September 27. Go to bigpicture.com.au.