Values and Ethos
Space Studio West London delivers a bold new model for ‘Scientific and Mathematical Learning’ – a dynamic mix of high quality scientific education and industry-related activity that will equip young people with the skills and qualifications they need to succeed. The aim of the school is to ensure that young people are well equipped to become skilled technicians, operators, engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs in aerospace and space related industries.
Space Studio West London caters for 300 students aged 14-18 and specialises in Space, Aerospace, Science, Engineering and Maths. The Studio School offers students the opportunity to work with local, national and international experts in these fields and some exciting employers including The National Space Centre, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency, and the aerospace industry around Heathrow.
There is huge potential in the UK space sector. Currently, the UK aerospace sector encompasses 17% of the global market, making it the largest aerospace industry in Europe, and second largest globally. The sector provides over 100,000 direct jobs and indirectly supports hundreds of thousands more across the UK. Space Studio West London is unique in combining high quality science and maths education to students of all abilities, whilst simultaneously equipping young people with a broad range of skills vital for the 21st century.
Main Features of the School:
- A ‘small school’ of up to 300 students aged 14-18
- All Year 10 and 11 students follow GCSE subjects on the English Baccalaureate, taught both as individual subjects and through Project Based Learning
- All Year 12 and 13 students will study at least three mainstream A Level programmes or Level 3 BTEC courses alongside real, industry-led project work assignments (many of which are commissioned by companies or agencies)
- Aspects of the curriculum developed and delivered by staff from the UK Space Agency, ESA and the National Space Academy programme
- Work-based learning opportunities
- All students will develop digital portfolios of their work and are expected to research, analyse, develop and present their findings on a regular basis
- All students will have an academic and personal development tutor
- Space Studio operates 41 weeks of the year, 8:30am until 4:45pm (but doors will open at 7:00am and close at 5:00pm)
- Students at Space Studio will have close links and regular visits with scientific research organisations and companies
- The school is non-selective and open to students from anywhere
- The unique Studio School related to aerospace technologies in West London (based on the Rivers Academy West London campus in Feltham, West London)
- The 75 students of each year group drawn from the growing population in the area, from existing local secondary schools and from further afield