IT is now getting on for a year since Rye’s radical new Studio School arrived in kit form on a fleet of lorries and the new intake, unphased by a delay in construction, set about using the whole town as a classroom.
Since then students have made a big impact on Rye with their energy and creativity.
They have also integrated well with the town playing an active role in the running of Rye’s Art Festival, which is sure to bring exciting new dimensions to the event.
It has shown that a learning environment does not have to follow the traditional model of rows of desks and a blackboard.
Schools are changing in the same way the workplace is changing with technology allowing many the freedom to work from home or on the move. One of the claims of Rye Studio School is to prepare students for work in the 21st century and it appears to be living up to that promise.
Education Minister Michael Gove found himself being interviewed and filmed in a professional looking studio set-up.
The filming of the BBC’s Mapp and Lucia in town is a timely reminder of where some of these students could use their talents in the future.
No wonder Mr Gove described the school as ‘wicked’.