Studio school plans progress

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

A BID to establish a Studio School for up to 300 pupils in East Cowes — which could become the first of its kind on the Isle of Wight — has been submitted to the Department for Education.

The application for the Isle of Wight Studio School, at the former East Cowes Primary School in Grange Road, was lodged by the Southampton Studio School Academy Trust (SSSAT) this week.

It is one of 29 bids for studio schools in England that are due to open in September.

The school will work closely with local companies to shape its curriculum, specialising in marine manufacturing and offshore energy.

The bid is supported by Gurit, Vikoma, Navitus Bay, Vestas, IFPL and the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce.

Studio schools are a new type of state school model that can cater for students of all abilities, aged 14 to 19 years old.

A spokeswoman said they were aimed at addressing the growing gap between what young people required to succeed in life and the skills and knowledge that the current education system provides.

SSSAT is working with the Isle of Wight Council and will learn if the bid is successful by early summer.

The school, part of a network of similar schools supported by the Studio Schools Trust, will offer mainstream qualifications for up to 300 students, delivered through inquiry-based projects and linked to work opportunities.

Those behind the scheme have said it will provide a different model of learning, devoting itself to the rounded education and future career of young people by connecting education with business.

Students will learn in small class sizes through individually structured pathways, each guided by their own personal coach.

Between the ages of 14 and 16, they will gain GCSEs in English, maths, double science and information technology and take part in work placements — developing their employability and work skills and a full range of extra curricular and physical activities.

Post 16, students can choose from qualifications that include A levels and apprenticeships.

Public information sessions for potential students will take place at the New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes, at 3.30 pm and 5pm on Monday, February 18.

To book a place, email Tracy Stevens: tracy.stevens@southamptonstudioschool.co.uk or call 023 8057 7352.

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by Mike Crowe

1st February 2013, at 11:23:28

It looks to me as if the fact that there is Industry tied up with the scheme, then the youngsters will be 'steered', 'guided' call it what you will, into a commercial/industrial attitude which is great.

I know that the 'near school leavers' have a week's works experience, but is that enough for them to grasp the commercial world?

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