I had a great opportunity on Friday to spend the day at the Discovery School in Newcastle. We were met by the lovely Dan he gave us a tea and coffee as we waited for the rest of the group to arrive.
The head teacher, who's name was Wendy, gave us a passionate talk about the school giving us insight to the unique way the school works.
Discovery school is a STEM school; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The pupils wear business dress and they are treated as adults with the vision of them coming to work not school. The cohort is 14-19 year olds and this is expected to be lowered soon.
The school works very well, with minimal behaviour problems and a very hard working ethic in lesson were pupils want to learn, excel and succeed.
The pupils, we were told, all go on to University, apprenticeships or work. The very young school of only few years old. The have state of the art equipment and facilities including 3D printers and CNC machinery.
Our day consisted of learning of a CAD programme to create a car design which we would later make on the CNC machine and race against each other.
We had the opportunity to observe lessons and see the different style of teaching and learning going on. Overall lessons were a relaxed environment where all pupils were on task and engaged in learning.
Website link is here for those wanting to apply to the school.