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Atrium Studio School - Case Study
Atrium Studio School is Devon’s first school that specialises in the Built Environment. Atrium offers their students a contemporary education in areas including Architecture, Structural Engineering and Ecology alongside traditional GCSEs such as Triple Science, English Literature and Language and Maths.
The stand-out approach to education was to ensure that “students gain an understanding of how the industry connects and how each of the disciplines feed into each other, complement and overlap; student lessons will be mirroring this.”


The Studio School wanted to enhance their envisioned modern technology environment, and support their extensive syllabus by making ICT an integral part of learning. In addition, Atrium needed facilities that could support teachers and the Senior Leadership Team to become flexible and stimulating educators.

XMA won Atrium’s contract through an extensively detailed design, supply, delivery, install, testing and commissioning of the entire ICT infrastructure. By working closely with Atrium, XMA was able to successfully provide the School with a high quality service, state-of-the-art devices and support.

Atrium Studio School recognised the Value Added offering from XMA designed to support Education Impact. XMA’s offer included employer engagement to help contextualise and enrich the curriculum for their students, who benefit from the Studio School model’s blend of academic and vocational education.


“Our students benefit from regular employer visits and employer led projects.
These are principally within the construction industry but our students wish to
benefit from a broad understanding of industry and commerce. XMA interests
us as an employer partner because they specialise in ICT for new-build schools
and work closely with architects, mechanical, electrical and building contractors
to create a great built environment.”

Samantha Morcumb, Assistant Principal at the Studio School explains.

“Students learned about Westcoast and XMA’s supply chain, specifically for the
UK assembly of Viglen PCs, workstations and servers. We then formed teams
representing source countries, transportation and assembly. We had PC parts
and had to bring them together using the transport options provided considering
time, cost and environmental factors. We learned how to assemble a PC, although
I have personally done this before, so I coached the Y9s. We also learned that the
UK is the world leader in cardboard box manufacture! We use Viglen Omnino
All-In-One PCs here at Atrium, so it was great to learn about how the business
works that makes them.”

Luke, a Year 10 student with an interest in IT, supported
XMA in running the activities with Year 9 commented.

 Students were so pleased with the work they did with Andy and Guy that we are now speaking with XMA about work placements at Westcoast partners for three students, who have a passion for ICT. 

Reflects Samantha, Assistant Principal.

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