This week the new Mendip Studio School based at Writhlington admitted its first cohort of students to start their GCSE and A Level courses. The school has attracted 14-19 year olds with a keen interest in Science, Technology and Engineering and has received almost £5 million from the Department of Education to provide specialist teaching in these key areas. There is a shortfall of approximately twenty thousand engineers in the UK and the new school buildings will be equipped with industry standard high spec facilities, including a Biotech “Superlab” modelled on equipment at Kew Gardens and the Eden Project and Design Technology laboratories which are based on the facilities at Dyson.
Industry supporters will be working collaboratively with Mendip from day one to ensure that students are able to experience work on projects which are authentic and commercially relevant. Construction work on the new buildings starts next month and during this first year classes will have access to enhanced technology and IT facilities at Writhlington. Students at the new school will also be able to follow Language courses, study for the Ebacc and also take part in Writhlington’s rich array of extra-curricular activities, including sport, theatre, music and dance.
Headteacher, Bob Girvan, is extremely pleased with the progress of the new school –
“This is a great opportunity for students interested in following high quality Science and Technology courses at GCSE and A Level. Mendip Studio School will provide traditional academic examination success allied to project work supported by both industry giants and local high tech companies. We have already recruited 100 students for our first year and are now opening the registration process for new Year 10 and Year 12 to start in September 2016. The strong relationship with Writhlington means that parents and children can be confident of having all the facilities of a large successful organisation, as well as the benefits of a small school model with a real focus on science, technology and innovation.”
Executive Headteacher, Mark Everett, was on hand to welcome the new students and expressed his delight in welcoming the new school as an integral part of the newly established Dragonfly Education Trust.