Vision and Values
De Salis Studio College is where ‘education means business’ and learning and working is at the heart of everything we do.
Combining academic and vocational learning, students become experienced, qualified and highly employable young people. They have direct experience of the workplace together with qualifications, which demonstrate their level of ability. In today’s competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just highly qualified individuals. They want young people who have relevant business and commercial experience. In essence, this is what studio schools have been set up to overcome. De Salis will stand out from other provision in the local area as it has been set up specifically with this in mind.
A team of highly experienced teaching and associate staff deliver the core curriculum, ensuring each individual is able to progress at a pace which reflects their abilities and ambitions. All students attending De Salis are treated as young adults, each preparing to take their first steps into the workplace. Whilst this may be daunting for some, it is intended to be immensely rewarding and fulfilling; giving each student a sense of purpose and direction.
The mission is to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills, qualifications and life experience associated with the workplace as the learner embarks on the first stage of their career. As young adults, each preparing to take their first steps into the workplace, the learners will be well placed to develop the skills, experience and qualifications necessary to be ‘work ready’ and an asset to any future employer.
We provide an atmosphere which enables our students to acquire a wide range of knowledge, skills and practical abilities. We strive for excellence in all we do. Our college ethos is built around the 6 R’s of:
These R’s are used as a cornerstone in how we deal with all situations at our college and how we reward students. We believe that by demonstrating the R’s every day, students will become positive members of their college and local community.
The College aims to support all its young people in being prepared for life in modern Britain.
The College has a duty to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
To this end we aim for our students to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
At De Salis Studio College, democracy is a concept that is explored and promoted within Humanities subjects, as well as cross curricular and during form time. The Student Council is a democratically elected, active and thriving group, ensuring students have a voice in the College.
The rule of law
Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their lives. We want them to understand that whether these laws govern their lessons, the College, the community or the country, they are set for good reason and they must adhere to them. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Members of Parliament are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
At De Salis Studio College, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a College we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through workshops about online safety and safe social media use.
The College promotes respect for others and for our surroundings, evidenced by our classroom and College environment. Students are taught the importance of listening and constructive debate in subjects such as English, Assemblies and PSHE provide opportunities for students to understand the importance of mutual respect, and what happens when this is lacking. The College’s Behaviour and Relationships Policy places emphasis on the importance of young people having healthy, respectful relationships with their peers and with adults.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The College aims to equip students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the College community and beyond. Our curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We celebrate the religious traditions of a range of faiths in College. Trips and visits, including abroad, enhance students’ perceptions of the world around them as well as of their local area.