Studio students stand out, specialise and succeed in GCSE success
Students at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio are today celebrating an impressive set of GCSE results that enable them to stand out, specialise and succeed in their career paths, linked to the Studio specialisms.
Jasmine Wilkinson has received a fantastic set of GCSE results, achieving a grade 8 in GCSE English, grade 5 in GCSE Maths, grade 9 in GCSE Photography, grade 9 in GCSE Graphic Design and a Distinction* in Film Production. Jasmine is from a previously home-educated background and has thrived at the Studio school where she has been able to combine creative study in a range of disciplines alongside her English and Maths qualifications.
Connor Thomson joined the unique 13-19 mainstream school in Year 9 in 2015. He had a passion for creative subjects and alongside core GCSEs he wanted to specialise in digital photography, graphic design and film production. Connor, 16, said “I was unable to specialise in these subjects at my previous school. The small class sizes and family feel to the school has helped me make amazing progress in my English and maths GCSEs, achieving grades 5 and 4 in these areas. The main focus for me at the Studio was the opportunity to spend 9 hours per week on creative subjects. This meant that I could develop my skills and understanding to a really high level, achieving grade 8 in GCSE photography, grade 7 in GCSE Graphic design and Distinction in Film production.”
Sam Pilkington joined the Studio in Year 10. A very intelligent, creative and independent young man, The Studio offered something a bit different and has enabled Sam to combine the creative and computing qualifications which has resulted in the use of augmented reality to create a unique set of design pieces which have impressed many professionals. During GCSE assessment, comments were made referring to Sam’s work as “ground-breaking, contemporary outcomes that have never been seen before.” Sam has thrived in the Studio environment, achieving a Grade 5 in English, 7 in maths and grade 6 in Sciences. Sam’s specialist qualifications include a Grade 6 in photography, a 6 in Graphics Design and a Merit in Creative Media Production. Sam says “It is more like a college than a school in the way that staff and students interact with one another, and the ethos of the school is very supportive of individuality. The smaller environment means that I was able to have a personal approach to creating my designs and apply skills that are unique to me, and it also helped me to make friends really easily.”
Principal Colin Grand said: “we aim to offer a curriculum to students who wish to lay strong foundations to effectively pursue a career in creative, technical and care sector areas. Our students are being equipped with a competitive advantage that is more than just strong GCSE results. Students have the ability to present a portfolio of skills and qualifications that make them stand out from the crowd. We are very proud of what our students are achieving, it is clear that a small specialised environment, with tuition from teachers with industry skills and experiences really has a positive impact.”
“The Studio is now full in Year 10 and 11 this September” he continued, “but we do have 5 places left in Year 9 and 15 places for Year 12. Moving schools is a very brave decision, but if you have a passion for our specialisms, our students’ experiences have shown that it can be absolutely the right decision for some young people. If you have been considering joining us, then I would urge you to get in touch straight away, as places are very limited and on a first come first serve basis.”
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