Parents have had their first peek into Leicestershire’s newest school building.
Proud students guided families and visitors round the new state-of-the-art engineering, business and sport facilities at the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School in Lutterworth.
The new teaching facilities at the Bitteswell Road school, are aimed at students aged from 14-18 .
The school’s headteacher Paul Hostead said it was a “delight” to see so many parents touring the new £3.5m building.
“Even in temporary accommodation and with huge community support, we have seen our school go from strength to strength where people from as far afield as Europe have been visiting us to learn about what we do,” he said.
“We believe there is nothing like our education on offer across our region and we will continue to work with ‘blue chip’ companies, parents and the community to develop work-ready professionals, ready to take on the business world.”
The Studio School approach claims to be a new concept in British education, aiming to bring the worlds of education and work closer together.
Students’ work includes enterprise projects and work with and at local companies associated with the school.
The idea is to ensure students’ learning is rooted in the real world and helps them develop skills they need in the local job market.
Students from the school who are 16 and over have earned collectively more than £50,000 during 18,000 plus hours of high-quality work experience.
Guests at the open day enjoyed refreshments donated by Britvic and ASDA IDC from Magna Park, who are two of the school’s many commercial partners.
Parents also took the opportunity to meet and chat about their child’s progress since the opening of the school in temporary accommodation in September 2014.
The school reported that feedback from visiting parents was overwhelmingly positive.
Typical was this comment: “We were impressed with the design, layout, ambience and quietness at the school ... giving a professional air of which you should be proud.”