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Introduction Welcome to Rye Studio School

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Our 14-16 Curriculum

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A specialist School

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Why did studio schools evolve?

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Create Framework

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Project-based learning

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How a Studio School education benefits me

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Applicants for September 2013

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Core Subjects: Maths GCSE

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English GCSE

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I.T. & Media GCSE

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Double Science BTEC

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Options: Performing Arts GCSE

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Photography GCSE

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Enterprise & Entrepreneurship BTEC

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Production Arts BTEC

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Creative Media BTEC

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Further Information: Who to contact 2

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Welcome to Rye Studio School The Rye Studio School, sponsored by Rye College, will be the first in Sussex & Surrey and will open in 2013. It will support young people to develop the skills they will need to gain employment within our specialism, the creative industries.

Our 14-16 Curriculum Students will have the opportunity to study a number of core subjects, which have been carefully selected to ensure that you will achieve the necessary qualifications to progress into further education or employment. Students will also be able to choose a maximum of three further options.

Core Subjects

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GCSE Maths GCSE English GCSE IT and Media BTEC Double Science

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GCSE Performing Arts GCSE Photography BTEC Production Arts BTEC Creative Media BTEC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Progression At the end of your course, you can consider continuing onto A Levels and BTEC Level 3 courses, an apprenticeship or other Further Education provision.

Studio School 16-18 Curriculum Vocational Courses at Level 3 BTEC

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A Level Courses

Creative Media Production (TV & Film) Fashion and Clothing Performing Arts - Dance Performing Arts - Acting Music Production Arts (Technical) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

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Maths English Language & Literature Drama & Theatre Studies Art Art Textiles Photography Business (Applied)

A specialist school Rye Studio School will specialise in the creative industries, which represent the fastest growing new economy sector in the UK. According to CBI figures, the UK has the largest creative sector in Europe, one of the world’s largest music industries, and one of its most advanced digital TV and radio markets. The creative industries contribute 6% of GDP, employ over 2 million people and export over 16bn annually.

Why did studio schools evolve? Studio schools evolved because businesses were continually telling educationalists that certain employability skills were lacking when students left school. Young people were not ‘work ready’ and, as a result, youth unemployment was growing. 3

Create Framework After extensive research in the UK and abroad, the Studio School model evolved to address the concerns mentioned on the previous page. The model will be achieved through the CREATE programme, which underpins all learning, by developing key employability skills in all taught subjects, enterprise projects, work experience and enrichment programmes. The CREATE skills framework will be used by our personal coaches to encourage and track students’ development.

Project-based learning As well as learning in the classroom and on-the-job, a major part of the Studio School model is education through project-based learning. You will work in teams on projects led by professional creative practitioners and business leaders, as well as your teachers. It is an opportunity to develop your strengths, think outside the box, and be highly creative. Students will apply their knowledge and learning of a variety of subjects with each project.


How does a Studio School education benefit me? For those students who want to be ahead of the competition, then the Studio School model is ideal for them.

Learning in the workplace Students spend a limited time in class with a teacher. What you learn is taken instantly into an authentic workplace to see how it works and why. It is learning in action in the real world. Knowing how business works, how it is marketed and how creative industries engage with their customers is at the heart of learning within our Studio School. Work placements take place each week for 1416 year olds, and you will apply for, be interviewed and take a placement following an introductory course on employability skills.

Personal coaching Coaching has been proven to help embed learning and is used by senior leaders in business throughout the world. You will be assigned a personal coach who will aid your learning and help you develop skills throughout your time at the Studio School.

Being one of the few Studio schools take a maximum of 300 students. This ensures that each and every one of you feels valued as an individual. We offer a supportive, personalised learning environment in which strong pastoral care runs through the school’s activities.

A full working day Studio schools are open for a full working day, from 08:30 to 17:00 so they feel like the workplace, not a school. Term time is longer so as to accommodate work placements and projects. Our Studio School will also be a business hub for the local community.

Enrichment Students will benefit from short skills workshops, which will run during enrichment time at the Rye Studio School, adding to their personal repertoire of skills. You will also be able to engage with community projects as part of the enrichment experience, organising and supporting local events, festivals, exhibitions and outreach activities.

Admissions for September 2013 Only 40 places will be available to students for KS4 courses in our first year. All applicants will be subject to our entrance test. Application forms must be completed by 1st March 2013. Test will be held on 8th, 9th and 16th March. Interviews will take place on week beginning 18th March.

Be one of the first of the few - apply now and join us in this exciting venture


Core Subjects These have been selected to ensure that you will achieve the necessary qualifications to progress into Further Education or employment. Core subjects include a mix of GCSE and BTEC qualifications to ensure you have a solid foundation of academic skills as well as hands-on learning. All students will be entered for all core subjects. Exams will be a mix of written papers and coursework and we expect all students to gain at least a C grade in these subjects.

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Maths GCSE English GCSE I.T. & Media GCSE Double Science BTEC

Maths GCSE Students will gain an understanding of statistics, algebra, geometry, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and functional skills through project-based learning. Numbers and figures will be put into the context of everyday life so that it becomes relevant and meaningful. Home Learning in Mathematics is set at least once a week. Examination: There are two tiers of examination: Foundation Tier (G - C), and Higher Tier (D - A*). You will be entered for the GCSE appropriate to you. Maths at Grade C or above is essential for numerous careers including the police force, armed forces, nursing, office work and engineering apprenticeships. Those students considering further study in Mathematics at either AS or A2 level, need to achieve the highest grades on the Higher Tier papers.


English GCSE Students will study for both English Language and English Literature examinations. The course will be taught as a series of projects, based around assessments on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will look at poetry, prose, drama, media, fiction and non-fiction texts from the twentieth century, as well as studying Shakespeare. You will also improve your speaking and listening skills through a series of individual, group and dramatic tasks and write a response on the use of spoken language. Students will also undertake home learning, consolidating work already studied. Students will be examined in English by both controlled assessment and speaking and listening assessments, plus written papers. An understanding of our language and text is essential in all walks of life and is a basic requirement for virtually all college courses.

I.T. & Media GCSE The Rye Studio School will be equipped with the latest technology and all students are expected to have a good understanding of I.T., because it impacts on all our lives. The course will be practical and engaging, and cover business information systems, digital technology, creative and technical I.T., as well as an awareness of risk and I.T. security. Students will learn about digital tools and techniques to produce effective I.T. solutions through projects, which will help them put I.T. into context with other skills such as Maths and English. Students will be assessed by a written examination (40%) and a practical project (60%). Our modern lives are dominated by I.T. and an understanding of how to get the maximum use from it is essential in the twenty-first century.


Double Science BTEC This is a two year course. The BTEC Level 2 extended certificate which leads to two certificates. The course has units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will be demonstrating their understanding of science by completing all of the challenges and tasks set in project-based learning. To succeed all tasks must be successfully met by the student. As with all subjects there is a terminal examination at the end of the course, in addition to their practical assignments.


Options Students are able to take a maximum of three options alongside their core subjects. These will add enrichment and specialism's linked with their creative industries, to guide them on their career path. Exams will be a mix of written papers and coursework and we expect all students to gain at least a C grade in these subjects.

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Performing Arts GCSE Photography GCSE Enterprise & Entrepreneurship BTEC Production Arts BTEC Creative Media BTEC

Performing Arts GCSE A course in which you will gain an understanding of the vocational significance of the performing arts. You will study acting, dance and singing through the processes of working to put on performances. You will develop the skills required to plan, prepare and stage productions and gain an understanding of the range of jobs available throughout the industry. You will work as a member of a production team from marketing and advertising shows to costume, set design, lighting etc as well as performing. Internal assessments (70%) Portfolio evidence - skills development, knowledge and understanding. External assessments (30%) Showcase performance - in response to briefs sent by AQA in a question paper.


Photography GCSE The GCSE Photography course involves the selection and manipulation of photography techniques using digital and traditional methods. It gives you the opportunity to develop your own ideas, style and interests whilst following structured units of work. You should enjoy general art and be prepared to experiment as all units of work entail a combination of media. All Home Learning is designed to link with the units of work being covered in class at the time. Most Home Learning involves taking photographs, research and experimenting with techniques and skills. Some costs will be incurred with developing films and printing papers. At the end of their course, students will be assessed by coursework (60%). This will include use of light, depth of field and composition. Students will also explore dark room techniques, choices of paper, printing, emulsions, tone and contrast. Projects will echo current art issues and reflect exhibition trends. There are no essays to submit or any written exam at the end of the course. The only writing required will be you opinion about your work and that of other artists (annotation). In addition there is an externally set assignment at the end of this course (40%). This is a unit of work developed from a theme set by the exam board

Enterprise & Entrepreneurship BTEC This learning pathway gives students the understanding of business, whether working for themselves or others, helping them to improve their entrepreneurial skills and their employability opportunities. Students will learn about marketing, market research, finance, pitching to investors, people in organisations, and enterprise in the workplace. At the end of the course, students will be confident in their responses to business and they will be able to adapt and react to change in the workplace.


Production Arts BTEC Students choosing Production Arts will be studying with our partners Entertainment Workshops. They will learn about lighting, sound, staging performances and set construction. They will complete the production of commercials and community TV from the original outline of task, storyboarding, costing, market research, production, editing and promotion. In addition, by the end of the course, students will have an understanding of stage management. Students will learn through projects, putting all of their knowledge into context. They will have access to state of the art equipment and the only TV studio run by and for young people. Students who excel at this course may have the opportunity to visit professional events with commercial clients. Additional hours outside the normal timetable, including weekends, and at short notice may be required in order to undertake this. Work is continually assessed and can be evidenced to examiners through both virtual and written mediums such a learning logs and video diaries.

Creative Media BTEC Like the Production Arts qualification, this is a practical, work-related course. Students will learn through projects, which will be based on realistic workplace situations. Students can work on editing, credits, visual effects, lighting and graphics projects. All units of the course are assessed and with an overall grade at the end of the course at pass, merit or distinction. Study of Creative Media allows students to go into a wide range of careers including broadcasting, multimedia, film, video and TV production.



Key Stage 4 Prospectus 2013

Further information For further details about studio schools and how they offer a different and hands on approach to learning, visit the Studio School Trust website

Contact To find out more about Rye Studio School visit our website: You can also follow us on Twitter: @ryestudioschool For general information, and about the curriculum, please contact: Jo Townshend, Principal Designate Email: Tel: 01797 222545 To find our more about Rye Studio School work placements and partnerships, please contact: Rebekah Gilbert, Assistant Principal Designate Email: Tel: 01797 228433

Ks4 studio school course guide  
Ks4 studio school course guide