QEStudio School Public Consultation
PostedSaturday, 21 January 2017
As part of the statutory consultation process we are seeking your views on the proposed Queen Elizabeth Studio School. There will be a public consultation at Lunesdale Hall, in the Bective Room on Thursday 9 February 2017 between 4pm and 6pm. We do hope that you will be able to attend.
The proposed school, will be a newly built, state-of-the-art school located on QES adjacent to the A65 and will offer high-quality professional, technical and vocational courses to young people in the 14-19 age range. Drawing on the experience and expertise of QES staff and the commitment we have to finding the right curriculum for every young person, we hope to offer courses in the Arts, Engineering, Food, PE and Sport, Health and Education and Land Management and Conservation. Working with local HE providers, we anticipate developing courses which hone generic workplace skills, provide specific training and certification in work-related areas as well as offering courses in business expertise to all students. Students can look forward to working closely with employers and local businesses and will enjoy immersive, project-based, day-long learning alongside traditional qualifications.
QES students will be able to choose to enter the new school as part of the ‘options’ process in Year 9 but will share some classes with students in the main school. Students may well apply to enter the Studio school from other local schools at the age of 14 or 16. The curriculum will be organized to permit as much flexibility and choice as possible. Students can remain in the Studio School for two years and then leave for college courses or apprenticeships or they can progress to courses in the Studio 6th Form. Alternatively, they can move to the ‘Main’ school for more academic A levels in Year 12 and students completing courses in the ‘Main’ school can choose to access the Studio school at age 16 after GCSEs. Students can also mix and match between the two schools if they prefer a combination of academic and more creative or practical courses.
Our intention is to develop over time a greater range of courses according to the needs of our students and the needs of our local community and the local economy and we anticipate students leaving the Studio school to access university courses, college courses or to take up apprenticeships often with the companies, businesses, industries and establishments with which they have been working throughout their courses.
Obviously we are really excited by the potential of the two QES schools operating within a new Trust. QES has, for 425 years, offered ‘Scholarship and Care’ to generations of young people and has rightly a national reputation most particularly for academic achievement. However, for many years now we have tried to provide ‘high-end’, quality courses for those of our students whose passion for learning extends beyond the purely academic into technical, creative and practical areas. We believe our local community has a deep respect for these areas of learning. We believe the development of our new school provides a wonderful opportunity both to fulfil the potential and aspirations of our young people and to serve and enrich our local community.