Home found in West Denton for Newcastle school

A school inspired by San Diego teaching methods will open on the site of the former All Saints College site in West Denton, it has been confirmed

Val Wigham has been appointed principal designate of Studio West School
Val Wigham has been appointed principal designate of Studio West School

Studio West will open next year for 13 to 19-year-olds with a guarantee that all passing through its doors will be offered a job, a place at university or an apprenticeship.

The Studio West project uses real life enterprise projects to teach students practical skills as well as academic subjects and is set to be backed by big-name North East firms.

Now, following a £1m refurbishment, applications are being taken for the newly confirmed site.

Val Wigham, principal designate of Studio West, said: “Studio West will be a school for the 21st century. We are using the tried and tested technique of project-base learning, which was inspired by a visit to High Tech High in San Diego.

“While I was there, I saw a student driving down the corridor on a hovercraft that he’d created with two of his classmates. When I asked him about it, he told me about the hot and cold air pressure, the aerodynamics, the forces involved to make it work. He clearly understood every bit of maths, science, engineering, design and technology behind it. The subjects had come alive for him and meant something to him because it was based on something which was real.

“We want all 13 to 19-year-olds on Tyneside to get the chance to learn in a way which will be beneficial to them and to link school with the workplace. Thanks to the backing the North East business community is giving us, we are guaranteeing every student who leaves Studio West at the end of their school career a job, a place at university or an apprenticeship. We have a limited number of places and we are taking applications now.”

Students of all ages will have mandatory weekly work experience placements built into the timetable to help immerse them in the world of work.

Business will have a direct input into the school’s culture and curriculum, with real businesses operating from an onsite enterprise centre and helping to create live projects for students to tackle.

The school, which will be sponsored by Kenton Schools Academy Trust, will have the motto of “Learning and Working Together”, its own governing body and its uniquely structured curriculum.

For more information or details on how to apply call Val Wigham on 0191-214-2212 or visit www.studiowestnewcastle.com .


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