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The Studio College Model

There is a general consensus that many young people entering the job market lack the necessary skills and confidence to function effectively in the workplace.  De Salis Studio College demonstrates that young people do have the requirements to be able to compete in an increasingly competitive employment market.

This is achieved through a learning offer that includes academic, technical and vocational learning incorporating the creative curriculum which is so special to the Studio School concept, and ensures that young people also gain those essential soft skills so important to employers.

A typical day at De Salis Studio College for a Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 student is 8 hours long, from 9:00am to 5:00pm to reflect core business hours. With 7 hours of direct learning, there is a morning registration. During this time, students have the opportunity to meet their Personal Coach to discuss progress and update their Individual Learning Plans (ILP).  Each week, students have a mixture of academic subjects, vocational learning, project based learning, work experience and enrichment activities in line with their ILP and the focus of their learning pathway. Therefore each day looks different, reflecting the flexible approach to learning, but each built on the student’s entitlement to a range of activities and projects, in line with current goals.  Breaks are agreed by staff with the student to reflect the needs of the activity, ensuring an appropriate schedule for the day, again reflecting corporate life.  We believe that having more time to learn and the opportunity to participate in a rich and varied enrichment curriculum means students will be prepared for success at the end of their journey at De Salis.