I am grateful to Jim Williams for the following information which he has provided in respect of the QEStudio project.
This is a matter that is close to my own heart. When I took the 11+ I elected to attend our local Secondary Technical College, rather than our Grammar School. I went on to undertake an apprenticeship, and attend day release and night school. in order to obtain an ONC, HNC, in mechanical engineering. At night school I also took German and became a Probationer of the RIBA and an AMIMechE. I went on to become MD of the very company where I started as an apprentice. QEStudio seems to me, to be a much welcome provision at QES that emulates, in a modern setting, the route that many at the top of British industry followed, years ago.
The new QEStudio Building
“QEStudio gives pupils the option to study technical qualifications, rather than the more traditional academic route that QES offers. QEStudio works closely with professional partners to give pupils the skills they need for the workplace, or for a route into apprenticeships or further education.
Pupils move into QEStudio in Year 10, or Year 12 for 6th Form. QEStudio has been open since September 2017, with classes being taught on the QES site while the new building was being constructed. The new QEStudio building will be completed in the next few weeks and there is an Open Day on Saturday 5th October for anybody interested in seeing the new facilities.
For more information on QEStudio, please see http://www.qestudio.org.uk/
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