The studio school day reflects a business and employer environment and therefore promotes a longer school day than is usually seen in a mainstream school. This aims to develops focus, concentration and the resilience to cope with the working environment. It allows the school to include further support and enrichment activities within the school day and for the students and staff to spend more time together building effective and supportive relationships and to engage in more employer ready activities. At times, the normal timetable will be suspended while we deliver day long or week long blocks of activities that follow a project based theme or include master classes and seminars delivered in partnership with our employer partners, university partners or local business colleagues. All students are expected to be in school until 5pm unless we have previously authorised a 4pm leave and have secured parental permission for this beforehand.
The working week at Future Tech Studio is Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm and 9.00am – 1.25pm on a Friday. However, intervention sessions or specific tailor designed coaching sessions may also occur on a Friday after 1.25pm. You will be advised of this as and when it occurs.
As this is a business environment, students move between lessons without a bell. Break and lunch are taken in the Megabyte Café at 11.10am and 1.25pm respectively. A full range of hot and cold snacks and meals are available for purchase. Between 8.15am and 8.45am free toast and a drink are served to enable all students to have breakfast. Parents may update students accounts using wise-pay.
For Year 10 & 11 students the working day runs from 9.00am – 4.00pm, with a 4.00- 5.00pm personal study or intervention session. If a student is required to attend an intervention session then this is compulsory. Students with parental permission can choose to complete personal study at home if they are achieving their target grades. To safeguard Year 10 and 11 students, they can use the all the facilities of Future Tech and when accompanied by members of staff may access Warrington Collegiate facilities.
The working week is more flexible for the 6th form students and this requires self discipline and independence to balance their time effectively. Year 12 & 13 students spend 1 or 2 days a week out on work placement and up to 4 days a week within Future Tech Studio studying for their chosen qualifications. Year 12 & 13 students have time scheduled within the 4 days they spend at Future Tech Studio for personal study in-between their teaching sessions. They may use the wide range of facilities available to them across Future Tech and Warrington Collegiate College to aid them in their studies and research. Students will have access to their own progress tutor weekly, who will work with them on ensuring their academic and pastoral development is suited to their individual needs and career aspirations.
On a Thursday students have a choice of enrichment sessions they can attend between 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Current enrichment opportunities include, Science club, Compute Lab, Robotics, STEM club, Sailing, Duke of Edinburgh, Art, Game Designing, Young Enterprise, Boxing, Football and Badminton.