Creative and Media
Studio School
A creative hub for all gifted and talented 14 – 19 year olds across Kirklees

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Absence & Attendance

“Knowing and monitoring the reasons behind absence is essential to recognising patterns in individual learners’ attendance and providing effective support”

The Importance of Attendance

Absence & Attendance Policy

Absence represents lost time in the learning environment which means a lost opportunity to learn and develop. Our minimum expectation is 95 - 100% attendance for all lessons.

The importance of Attendance

Currently, no national measures of attendance rates at Post 16/Further Education exist, unlike for schools, where data collected on absences allow for the calculation of national and regional averages. This means the Creative & Media Studio School (C&MSS) are responsible for setting our own expectations and ensuring high standards are achieved. We feel passionately about excellent attendance. Excellent attendance will open more options Post 18/19, it will improve academic and vocational success outcomes for students and will also ensure students are making the very best of the educational opportunities and facilities that they are genuinely entitled too.

Attendance is the responsibility of everyone

We devote a considerable amount of time and resources into managing and supporting good attendance. Most importantly, we aim to understand individual student’s contexts and reasons that may impact upon their attendance. Knowing the reasons for any poor attendance is at the heart of devising strategies to tackle it successfully. At the C&MSS, good attendance is everyone’s responsibility; Students, Teachers, Tutors, Personal Coaches and Senior Management. A whole-College ethos of high expectations for student’s attendance is communicated from the moment a student enrols with us. We firmly believe that attendance relates to employability and life chances and is not something to pay lip service too. Teachers have a role in ensuring lessons are engaging and challenging and planned in a way to support full student participation. The Pastoral Team are committed to acknowledging and rewarding all excellent attendance through appropriate and engaging strategies. Tutors and Personal Coaches have a responsibility for ensuring the College ethos is embedded within student’s mind and to support them to overcome any barriers to achieving good attendance. Senior Management will understand individual student’s circumstances and ensure all systems are in place to support staff and students to achieve success.

Attendance Policy

For further information about specific expectations please see our Policy below (currently under review).

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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 16 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make others see; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



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T: 01484 382140

The Creative & Media Studio School
Netherhall Learning Campus,
Rawthorpe Terrace,

Named contact for queries: Joanne Ainley

NLC/CMSS Complaints Policy can be found here.

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