At Mendip Studio School, our tutor programme runs vertically. What this means practically is that each tutor group comprises all year groups, roughly four from each year. What this means educationally is that the experience here in Mendip marries the traditional secondary school experience with opportunities to work with students in other year groups. As members of our tutor groups, students learn from their peers, elders and younger students, which will prepare them for the next stage in their education and career. This provides excellent preparation for the real world which employers demand, alongside opportunities and experience that universities and apprenticeships often expect. For example, experience of working with children in an educational setting, if applying for caring and leadership professions. Our tutors support all of their tutees through a coaching model which helps our students to work independently.
Mendip Studio School proudly challenges students through its Research and Development (R&D) programmes and in tutor time through enquiry-based learning. This approach often sets problems and projects which students explore, research and develop on their own with the coaching and support of the tutors and fellow students. These are assessed using the Studio School’s CREATE framework which aims to develop key skills desired by educational establishments and employers. Each of the tutor research and development projects are linked to our Personal Social, Health and Economic programmes. This ensures that all students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fully supported.