PLYMOUTH Diving stars Matthew Dixon and Cody Powell-Tuckett are the latest talented city athletes to opt to move to the Plymouth Studio School, which specialises in sport.
The pair will take up places in September – Dixon joining Year 12 and Powell-Tuckett enrolling in Year 10.
Dixon competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at just 14 years of age and last year took part in the inaugural European Games in Baku.
He will be part of the Great Britain team which competes at the European Junior Championships this month, where he will be looking to secure a place at the World Junior Championships in Russia.
Powell-Tuckett won a bronze medal at her first British Elite Junior Championships last year and has now received her first call up for the England Junior Talent Camp.
Both students will be combining their academic studies with the school’s unique sports performance programme, which includes extra strength and conditioning support, access to world-class testing and monitoring facilities and added flexibility to accommodate existing training and competition schedules for young athletes.
Powell-Tuckett said: “I train six days a week with the high performance elite squad at Plymouth Diving, some days I’m training two to three times a day. Joining the sports performance programme at Plymouth Studio School, I feel I will gain all the support I need to achieve my educational and diving goals. I am very excited to start in September.”
Based on site at the University of St Mark & St John, the school’s new high performance sports centre and £4.2 million school building will open this autumn.
The school offers a mix of GCSEs, A levels and BTECs for 14-19 year olds looking for careers in sports or for those who want to combine their sporting ambitions with other careers.