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Welcome to Rye Studio School

Rye Studio for the Creative Industries is a new model of education that partners traditional qualifications with industry experience. Our small school values community and creativity, preparing young people for global employment in the twenty first century. Communication skills are at the heart of our work with discourse, reflection and evaluation driving improved self-esteem, pride and confidence. To unlock potential, students are supported by Learning and Personal Coaches from the worlds of education and industry to inspire and support, developing enquiring minds to take risks, meet challenges, understand contemporary business and achieve in their national qualifications. Creative talents are nurtured and aspirations are heightened with partners in the creative and business sectors working with students to aim high and challenge convention with innovation for the future. Chief Executives from Europe mentor, coach and employ young students as part of our unique Deloitte programme to address the current lack of employability skills. Evidence consistently shows that employers are concerned about key skills gaps in the British economy, 'In a recent CBI Employer Survey (May 2011) over two thirds of employers (70%) wanted to see the new government make the employability skills of young people its top education priority', (Studio Schools Trust). Our Create framework monitors improved personal attitudes to behaviour and responsibility preparing all students for the world of work

Rye Studio combines expert staff, outstanding facilities, beautiful location and industry connec-tions and support students to drive innovation. We are looking for applicants who are excited by the challenge of pushing creative boundaries, aim to gain top qualifications and will create a portfolio of employability skills and a network of contacts.

I look forward to meeting you soon,

Jo Townshend

Rye Studio School Principal

About us

Key Stage 5 at Rye Studio School

Key stage five students focus on a curriculum covering the Visual, Performing and Production Arts and the business behind them including Maths, Further Maths, English and Business. Our creative focus mirrors the heritage of our community and supports its regeneration needs with a vocational provision to create small business opportunities in Rye. We are well placed geographically in the creative corridor in the South East that spans from Brighton to Margate by train, accessing galleries, theatres and museums but also new expansions in the creative industries such as the television studios at Maidstone and the huge television and film studios at Purfleet who recruiting the next generation of young creative to fill their diverse, freelance, employment needs (South East LEP, 2015). Our vision is outward looking and our location places us equally within reach of Europe as to the rest of the UK and our learning opportunities reflect this. Our Gold International Schools Award represents the global context of our projects. Students and staff collaborate to plan, devise, deliver, evaluate and share visual, performance and production events across Europe in person or virtually, connecting classrooms, lives and experiences to offer citizenship experience and progression into a European Creative Market offering social mobility to young people in our deprived area with high levels of unemployment. Reflective practise develops respectful and tolerant critique amongst the students, celebrating social, moral, spiritual and cultural diversity through the Arts. 'SMSC and the development of citizenship and social responsibility remain a significant strength' (DfE Advisor Report, 2015).

Learner success

Access to Rye Studio School

Access to our school is open to all. Our specialist curriculum allows students to progress into varied career paths; our specialist Arts offer partners a traditional model at Rye College, our sister school within the Rye Educational Quarter campus, to allow young people to choose the pathway that is appropriate to them. Our key stage four curriculum that enables students to focus on the creative subjects but gain a broad education that supports their progression into further education or employment. The House of Commons Education Committee reported in 2011 that: 'pupils who are positively engaged in learning are less likely to have behaviour problems. If the future curriculum …. meets the needs of all pupils and contains a mix of academic and vocational subjects, while being differentiated and enjoyable'. Students with previously poor experiences and attitudes to school embrace the Rye Studio ethos and positively contribute to student life, community and engage in their learning.

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Last updated date: 22 January 2016
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