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.
Autumn Term 2022 - PROVISIONAL DATES ONLY - SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Term Begins - Monday 22nd August 2022
Bank Holiday - Monday 29th August 2022
Term Ends - Friday 16th December 2022
College Closure - Monday 19th December 2022 to Monday 2nd January 2023
Winter Term 2023
Term Begins - Tuesday 3rd January 2023
Term Ends - Friday 24th March 2023
College Closure - Monday 27th to Friday 31st March 2023
Spring Term 2023
Term begins - Monday 3rd April 2023
Good Friday - Friday 7th April 2023
Easter Monday - Monday 10th April 2023
Bank Holiday - Monday 1st May 2023
Term Ends - Monday 16th June 2023
College Closure - Monday 19th to Friday 30th June 2023
Summer Term 2023
Term Ends - Monday 3rd July 2023
Term Begins - Friday 4th August 2023
College Closure - Monday 7th to Friday 18th August 2023
Personalised Enrichment Programme Dates
Please find below forthcoming arrangements which form part of the enrichment programme. Within these dates, each individual learner will be provided with a bespoke learning programme designed to meet his or her learning needs and ensure that interim targets, in terms of progress, are met. Students are expected to follow and complete set tasks during the time allocated, scheduled as follows:
Summer Term 2023
Monday 26th to Friday 30th September 2022
Monday 7th to Friday 11th November 2022
Monday 6th to Friday 10th February 2023
Monday 20th to Friday 24th March 2023
Monday 8th to Friday 12th May 2023
Details of these arrangements will be provided well in advance of the programme. All dates subject to change.