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The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus

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What is a Studio School?

Studio Schools are a new type of state school model for young people of all abilities. Based on extensive research and best practice, they offer a pioneering practical approach to learning involving enterprise projects and real work.

At their heart is the insight that this more practical approach can better equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to succeed. In a country in which most lessons are still taught in a traditional way, Studio Schools will break new ground in the British education system, offering a pioneering practical education rooted in the real world.

The essential elements

At the heart of a Studio School are six key elements:

  • Employability and enterprise skills – students will be supported to develop the key employability and life skills they need to succeed
  • Key qualifications – students will be taught the national curriculum and work towards a range of key qualifications from Level 2
  • Personalised curriculum – students will meet frequently with their ‘personal coach’ to tailor the curriculum to their individual needs and aspirations
  • Practical learning – students’ learning will be delivered principally through enterprise themed projects in the school, local businesses and the community
  • Real work – students will spend a significant portion of their weekly time in real work.
  • Small schools – students will learn in a small, supportive and personalised learning environment of around 300 students

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Our vision for a Creative and Media Studio School

Kirklees pioneered the concept of the Creative Town. Its European Urban Pilot Project 1997-2000 ‘Huddersfield: The Creative Town Initiative’ was the first in Britain to place creativity at the heart of regeneration.

With a Creative and Media specialist focus, the Studio School builds on this tradition. It reflects our continuing ambition for Kirklees to use creativity and the creative business sector to boost learning, employment, and enterprise development throughout the town.

The Studio School is grounding students’ learning in the local creative and media sector. Local creative and media businesses play an active role in all aspects of the curriculum from commissioning work for enterprise projects to offering work placements to students. They view the Creative and Media Studio School as an important addition to local education that will deliver a bold new model for ‘Enterprise Learning’ – a dynamic mix of practical know-how and business-related activity that equips young people with the skills they need to succeed.

The creative and media specialism also drives key elements of the curriculum. All students work towards the Creative and Media Quaifications (Level 2 and 3) and enterprise projects equip students with the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in the local creative and media sector.

On leaving the Studio School, students have a variety of options available to them including entering the local job market, going on to college or university, or starting their own businesses.

The Creative and Media Studio School is open to all 14-19 years olds of all abilities from across Kirklees. When full it will cater for 300 students.

A working model of the Studio School has been operating as a field trial at NLC over the past year. The impact speaks for itself. Student attendance increased significantly, attainment improved and students delivered work on time and on budget to satisfied customers.

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The Studio School Curriculum

Academic excellence lies at the heart of The Creative and Media Studio School’s curriculum offer.

Students will follow the national curriculum and will gain the same key qualifications as a traditional school.

What makes the Studio School unique is not what is offered but how it is delivered. The Creative and Media Studio School will take learning out of a traditional classroom setting with the curriculum taught through enterprise themed projects in the school and the surrounding community. There is considerable evidence that this practical approach to learning can lead to higher grades, improved engagement and better job prospects for young people.

Students’ learning will be rooted in the real world. Enterprise projects will focus on real world tasks involving local businesses and community organisations. ‘Learning coaches’, with Qualified Teacher Status, will facilitate these, ensuring students gain the key qualifications they need to progress. Specifically students will work towards the Creative and Media Qualifications (Levels 2 and 3), which lies at the heart of the curriculum offer. They will also spend a significant portion of their weekly time in real work. Together these will ensure students gain important employability skills such as teamwork, critical thinking and initiative as well as strong numeracy and literacy skills.

The Studio School will also offer personalised learning. Each student will have a ‘personal coach’ who will work with them to develop their personal learning programme so that they are able to tailor the curriculum to their individual needs and aspirations. This personalised approach will support each individual student to fulfil his or her potential within a supportive learning environment. Evidence shows that personalised learning leads to improved engagement, attendance and outcomes.

Learner success

There is considerable evidence that this practical approach to learning can lead to higher grades, improved engagement and better job prospects for young people, as well as widening the pathway to higher education and beyond.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Netherhall Learning Campus through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 15 June 2017
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