What is Enquiry-Based Learning?

This lies at the heart of how Studio Schools work. Students at The Mendip Studio School will learn through Science and Technology projects both in school and with local businesses. As an integral part of their studies, students will participate in work experience. In Year 12 and 13, some students will spend either one or two days per week in work. There is considerable evidence that this direct, ‘hands on’ experience better prepares young people for life and work.

In addition students will be able to study additional courses which will help them in the workplace. This could include qualifications in IT, Computing, Engineering, Electronics and the Sciences.

A Small School

As a small school of a maximum of 300 students, The Mendip Studio School offers 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, coaches and the teacher. Crucially, coaches know students well, making them better able to tailor the curriculum to their individual needs and aspirations.


Exciting projects will be a key part of The Mendip Studio School and our partnership with the Eden Project means that students will be working alongside scientists in the Rainforest Biome to create a real rainforest canopy.

Students will be visiting the Eden Project to understand the problem and then working with state of the art laboratory facilities to grow some of the world’s rarest plants and then plant them in the tops of the Eden Project’s trees.

Alongside the challenge of growing rare plants in test tubes, students will be inventing, designing and manufacturing a new generation of electronic rainforest sensors to fix into the Eden Project’s trees that will monitor the canopy using the internet and let all the world share in this ambitious new experiment.

Following the DNA clues to solve the riddle of Britain’s rare plants. The world’s leading experts on plant genetics will partner students at The Mendip Studio School to carry out joint research using the latest DNA technology.

The Genetics Project Space at The Mendip Studio School will contain state of the art equipment allowing science students to devise and carry out original research delving into the secrets hidden in DNA. Students will then publish their work alongside some of the UK’s top scientists.

Where have the rare plants of the Mendips come from? Are they unique? What should be done to save them? No-one yet knows but students at The Mendip Studio School soon will.

Projects to save the planet, catch the bad guys, freeze the good guys and tell the world all about it are ready and waiting at The Mendip Studio School.

Practical projects to work with communities in Africa and Asia to protect bio-diversity and encourage rural development, research to use new technologies to identify wildlife crime and help stop the trade that is driving species to extinction, using the latest advances in cryopreservation to find new ways of conserving rare species from around the world and using creativity and new technologies to engage new audiences in conservation, science and education.

A list of just some of the experiences in store for students at The Mendip studio school thanks to our industry partners.

A chance to get involved  in capacity building with partners in Rwanda, India and Laos, nitrogen source testing with Kent University, cryogenic storage with Kew Biotechnology, and interpretation challenges with Cambridge University and Bristol University.