Work Related Learning

New Rickstones Academy works hard to make all lessons relevant to the world beyond our gates.

Our BTEC and OCR National programme has particular strengths here as these courses are structured through work related scenario based learning.

Some examples of work related activities in the past have included;

Witham International Puppet Festival – an annual event early September. Links with Witham Town Council Festival Organiser and professional Puppeteer in residence. Sixth Form Students work with professionals to produce a piece of original puppet theatre for children and family audience to be performed at a number of locations but specifically as street theatre.

Sixth form ICT students who are working at an appropriate level are offered external commissions from local businesses for Web Design, Spreadsheet and Database production. This enables these students to develop a professional style portfolio to show prospective universities and employers.

Our Performing Arts department has strong links with The Mercury Theatre in Colchester. This includes the Mercury Theatre- Aids Concert- annual event in a professional Repertory regional Theatre. Students experience working to a professional brief linked to Aids Awareness brief and create an original piece of theatre or dance. We also often have professionals from the Mercury visit us to address classes.

Business Studies and Travel and Tourism students have visited Colchester Zoo and use examples from its' business practices and user experience in their subsequent coursework.

Sixth Form Media students often produce live mixes of artistic or sporting events for local dramatic or athletic groups and video work for corporate customers. Examples include recordings of plays for local primary schools and at The Old Court Theatre, Chelmsford.

Performing Arts students at all levels regularly see West End shows and where possible we arrange for West end performers to come into school to run workshops and speak to students.

There is an annual gallery showing of Sixth Form Art and Media students installation and fine art work in the summer term. This is conducted like a real gallery showing and is open to the public, exposing students to the way in which the public interact with shown art.

Travel and Tourism students have visited the Rivenhall Hotel to investigate customer service arrangements as part of their level 2 course.

Film Studies, Media and Art students have opportunities for discussion with industry professionals both within school and via external visits to studios, exhibitions and shoots. Previous visits include a professional photographer, freelance cameraman and a TV director.