Essential Elements of a Studio School
At the heart of the Studio Schools model are key features, which have been developed through extensive research and consultation with employers, education experts and young people. These essential elements will be used as a framework by The Mendip Studio School and will be tailored to meet the needs of students, the local community and both local and national employers
The Mendip Studio School will teach the National Curriculum and will offer key academic and vocational qualifications, including core GCSEs in English, Maths, Computing, Design Technology and a full range of Science qualifications. On leaving the school, students will have the full range of progression routes available to them. They will have gained the qualifications, knowledge and skills to choose the option which is suitable to them: entering the jobs market from an advantageous position, starting an apprenticeship or going on to further or higher education.
At The Mendip Studio School all students will be assigned a ‘personal coach’ who will meet with them every fortnight to develop their own personalised learning plan. This will allow students to tailor their curriculum to their individual needs and aspirations and track their progress towards their qualifications and career aspirations. Personalisation of the curriculum will be further supported through a small school environment in which every young person will be able to access the tailored support that they need.
Enquiry-based learning (EBL) lies at the heart of the Studio Schools’ curriculum model. Students will be engaged in key Enterprise Projects in school and also in local and national business settings. To root students’ learning in the real world most projects will involve external commissions. So whether it is a health report for the local hospital, the completion of an IT brief or a business brief for a local employer, students’ learning will be authentic and will actively involve them in local community life.
Employability and Enterprise Skills
Key employability and life skills will underpin the activities through the unique CREATE skills framework. CREATE is comprised of a wide range of skills and stands for Communication, Relating to people, Enterprise, Applied skills, Thinking skills and Emotional intelligence. CREATE is grounded in a wide range of transferable skills and has been developed specifically for Studio Schools in order to equip young people with the key skills that they need to flourish.
All students at Mendip will participate in work experience. The timing of this will vary from half a day per week to the equivalent of a day per week depending on the age of the student and the requirements of the project work and our industry partners. There is considerable evidence that this direct, ‘hands on’ experience better prepares young people for life and work.
The Mendip Studio School will be a small school of around 300 students and will offer a supportive, personalised learning environment in which strong pastoral care runs throughout the school’s activities. This helps to ensure that no young person gets lost within the institution and that young people are able to build strong relationships with their peers and coaches. Crucially, coaches know students well, making them better able to tailor the curriculum to their individual needs and aspirations. However The Mendip Studio School will also benefit from the facilities of Writhlington School, including the use of the Sports Centre, all enrichment activities and the Orchid Project. All of The Mendip Studio School students will be able to be involved in high quality sporting and music activities through participation in Writhlington’s very successful sports teams and music concerts.
Students of All Abilities
The Mendip Studio School is fully inclusive and complies with the national School Admissions Code.