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Vision and Values

Parkside Studio College is where 'education really works' with learning and working at the heart of everything we do.

Through high quality classroom learning with practical work related activities both in and beyond the College, students who attend Parkside not only continue to gain qualifications in traditional core subjects, but can also become experts in pathways such as Creative and Digital Media, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Hospitality and Catering and Performing Arts.

Building on the inclusive and enterprising ethos which has brought outstanding success to the students of Rosedale College and Hewens College, Parkside gives learners even greater choice by providing a truly unique offer which combines academic and vocational learning, together with real work experience. Through a personalised curriculum tailored to suit skills and interests, these specialist courses are delivered through the use of industry standard, state-of-the-art equipment in newly refurbished buildings. 

Considerable investment has been made to ensure that young people can develop the skills, experiences and qualifications necessary to succeed in an increasingly competitive employment market.

It is therefore our intention to ensure our students are treated as young adults as they begin their very personal journey into the workplace. We aim to foster this experience for the students so that it is a rewarding and fulfilling experience which provides a sense of purpose and direction.

Our learners will be enquiring; we encourage curiosity as this is essential for  entrepreneurial spirit.  Our learners will be alive to experimentation and open to looking at the world from different perspectives.  Students will become confident, professional and emotionally intelligent as they gain their experience of the working environment and adapt accordingly.  Skills will accrue as will the ability to work independently, with others and take instructions and direction.  In other words, 'learning to work, at work, for work'.

We provide an atmosphere which enables our students to acquire a wide range of knowledge, skills and practical abilities.  We strive for excellence in all we do.  Our college ethos is built around the 6 R’s of: 

Respectful Responsible Reflective Resourceful Rational Resilient

These R’s are used as a cornerstone in how we deal with all situations at our college and how we reward students. We believe that by demonstrating the R’s every day, students will become positive members of their college and local community. 


The College aims to support all its young people in being prepared for life in modern Britain.

The College has a duty to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

To this end we aim for our students to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.


At Parkside Studio College, democracy is a concept that is explored and promoted within PSHE, as well as cross curricular and during form time. The Student Council is a democratically elected, active and thriving group, ensuring students have a voice in the College.

The rule of law

Our students will encounter rules and laws throughout their lives. We want them to understand that whether these laws govern their lessons, the College, the community or the country, they are set for good reason and they must adhere to them. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Members of Parliament are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual liberty

At Parkside Studio College, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a College we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through workshops about online safety and safe social media use.

Mutual respect

The College promotes respect for others and for our surroundings, evidenced by our classroom and College environment. Students are taught the importance of listening and constructive debate in subjects such as English and Science. Assemblies and PSHE provide opportunities for students to understand the importance of mutual respect, and what happens when this is lacking. The College’s Behaviour and Relationships Policy places emphasis on the importance of young people having healthy, respectful relationships with their peers and with adults.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The College aims to equip students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the College community and beyond. We celebrate the religious traditions of a range of faiths in College.