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
assembly of Viglen PCs, workstations and
servers. We then formed teams
representing source countries,
transportation and assembly. We had PC
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
We use Viglen Omnino
All-In-One PCs here
at Atrium, so it was great to learn about how
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.