Pioneering school now open

Studio school
Studio school

Mansfield’s Vision Studio School, Nottinghamshire’s first-ever studio school, opened its doors to students this week.

Studio schools are a new type of school for 14-19 year-olds of all abilities that aim to bridge the gap between education and employment - giving students a competitive edge.

They teach the same core academic subjects as traditional schools but combine these with vocational qualifications, which are taught with project-based learning and work placements linked to local job opportunities.

Principal Andy Campbell said: “This is the most exciting development I have been involved in throughout my 20 years in education.

“The studio school offers something different to mainstream school and gives young people and their parents another option; particularly those who want to specialise in engineering and transport or health and care.

“It’s about helping students to focus on the subjects that will lead to employment in their chosen fields and enable them to make the successful transition from school to the world of work.”

The studio school is located at the college’s former Chesterfield Road campus, which is currently undergoing a £1.1 million refurbishment to provide a ‘technology-rich’ 21st century learning environment

Classrooms boast multimedia equipment, interactive TVs, computer-aided design (CAD) system and 3D scanners and printers. Each student will also be equipped with a tablet computer to aid their learning in the classroom and in the workplace. Other facilities will include a project room where students will work alongside industry experts, employers and learning coaches, and a boardroom for presentations and challenges in the style of hit television show The Apprentice.

The school operates a 9am to 4.30pm ‘working day’ to mirror that of many workplaces and students wear smart business attire rather than a traditional uniform. The studio school will also enable progression to university-level study or an apprenticeship.