As a specialist Studio College, the approach to teaching and learning at Parkside is entirely different to other settings. Established exclusively for learners aged 13-19, there are many differences in the way that both the academic year and working day are organised as compared with other traditional secondary schools locally. Perhaps, the most significant difference is the way in which the curriculum is organised and delivered. Learners at Parkside are required to undertake authentic projects generally associated with their chosen course of study. These projects form part of a tailored personalised programme which sets out to make the learning experience more relevant, practical and active.
Given the subject based aspects of the curriculum are organised in five-week blocks, there is ample opportunity to follow up each topic with enrichment activities, including one-to-one and group tutorials to consolidate learning. Where feasible, work experience and external trips are also scheduled in week six at the conclusion of each block. These bespoke elements of the curriculum are integral to the overall offer at Parkside and, for employers, they are seen to be crucial as the means to develop the workplace skills and attitudes which make learners stand out in a competitive jobs market. The programme also ensures that learners are well positioned to compete for places at university; enrol on high quality apprenticeship schemes; consider internships; or enrol on a whole range of work-based training programmes.
Please find below arrangements for the academic year which sets out clear start and end dates for each term. It is also important to note periods of College closure as learners and staff are not required to report at these times. Within these dates, each individual learner will be given a bespoke programme designed to meet his or her learning needs and ensure that interim targets, in terms of progress are met. This is to ensure that no learner falls behind. Details of these arrangements will be provided well in advance of the programme.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.