Construction work has officially started on Mendip Studio School, based on the Writhlington campus in Radstock. The new building, costing £4.5 million, will provide state-of-the-art specialist facilities for 300 students aged 14-19 specialising in STEM subjects.
Headteacher, Robert Girvan, performed the official turf cutting ceremony at the new site alongside Bruce Hain, who will be joining Mendip Studio School as Headteacher in April.
Studio Schools pioneer a bold new approach to learning which includes teaching through project based learning and real work experience. This approach ensures students’ learning is rooted in the real world and helps them to develop the skills they need and are sought after by employers.
Working closely with national and local employers, the STEM specialist school offers a range of academic and vocational qualifications including GCSEs, BTec, EPQ and A Levels. In addition students also work with mentors from industry and academia to complete real life projects.
Since opening in September 2015 Year 10 students have worked on a variety of projects with organisations such as ShelterBox, The James Dyson Foundation and Rotary Club of Midsomer Norton and Radstock and are currently working on a “Building a Better Environment” project.
Mr Girvan said:
“I have been working closely with the Year 10 students on recent projects and have been astounded by the quality of the work that they have produced. I will of course be sad to “hand over the reins” to Bruce next term but I am excited about the future of the school and hope to continue to support the school in an advisory capacity in the future.”
The building works are due to been completed in December 2016.
Further information regarding studying at or supporting Mendip Studio School can be obtained by contacting Mr Girvan or Mr Hain on 01761 438557.