New School Sends Out Final Call For Students
A new type of school is filling its final spaces ready for launch in Chester this September.
Over 125 students from Chester, North Wales, Wirral and even Merseyside have already signed up to study in Year 10 and Year 12 at the new Christleton International Studio (CIS), in Chester for the 2017/18 academic year.
Despite little publicity, Principal Designate, Kate Ryan, said she had been overwhelmed by the interest in the new state-funded school, which has a strong focus on business, technology, finance and getting students ‘work ready’.
“The word has spread quickly about our new way of thinking and approach to education,” said Kate, who first trained as a teacher in Chester.
“Preparing our students for success in their chosen academic and professional careers and a life filled with global opportunities is at the forefront of our minds and it is clear that many students and parents feel that this is the new way to prepare to be successful in the modern world.”
The vision for CIS is the result of a partnership between Christleton High School, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and other multinational businesses based in and around Chester.
“Together, we are committed to providing an educational experience that will equip young people from all backgrounds and abilities with an academic foundation, workplace skills and practical experiences for future careers and study, anywhere in the world,” added founding Principal and multi-linguist Kate, who has recently returned from New York as a Director of Academic Enhancement.
This blend of research, academic, coaching and benchmarking can be seen by the Board of Advisors which have recently been announced by CIS including Dr. Peter Vint, Director of the Academy at Everton FC, Dr. Neil Jones from Alderly Park, Mike Rodden, an international IT architect and Elizabeth Wheeler, a digital marketing expert.
Students at Key Stage 4 will still take a strong range of GCSE’s, which at CIS will be enhanced by enrichment activities such courses in health and well-being, creativity and community and skills. Students will have overseas/local work placements and study personal and professional skills as standard.
“For students of Sixth Form, it was vital for us that the qualifications not only allowed students to attend the best universities in the world but opened up other pathways as well. We have chosen two internationally recognised qualification pathways which are viewed as the gold standard by leading universities and the business world.”
The look and feel of the purpose-built, stand alone, state-of-the-art school will be very different to normal state educational settings, with focus on technology as the enabler for learning, from recording and uploading lessons, to working with classmates overseas on joint projects to strong communication pathways with families.
Kate added: “The teacher student relationship is created from the very beginning with students becoming an integrated part of the recruitment process. Teachers create a video as part of their application and much like in the adult working world, the students then have a chance to give their feedback on the presentations – really opening up the opportunity to develop critical thinking.”
“Over the past few months it’s been incredible to hear and see parents and students enthusiasm for CIS and what it could bring to them both now and in the future. Students want more from their educational experience and we are here to offer them that partnership in their learning” said Kate.
“The world is shifting into a more technical, business and globally minded gear and CIS hopes to fill those widening gaps in both the skills and knowledge for a modern new world.
“While global thinking is paramount, our small school also allows us to provide a flexible and personalised approach and at the same time, help pupils shape a learning experience that is right for them.”
For more information on how to apply, go to www.christletoninternationalstudio.co.uk