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A Visit From The Duke of York

It was one of the best kept secrets in Huddersfield, but on Tuesday 21st May, The Duke of York, Prince Andrew visited The Kirklees Youth Enterprise Centre.

The Duke, who has the honourary role as the Patron of the Studio Schools Trust, was keen to see how the Creative & Media Studio School was benefiting young people. The Duke took a tour around the Studio School and spoke to a number of students, teachers and engaged businesses.

The Creative and Media Studio School also offers other forms of support and the Duke of York was also interested in finding out more about these areas. The Kirklees Youth Enterprise Centre offers opportunities and financing for young entrepreneurs interested in starting up their own creative & media businesses. A number of local businesses were also at the event providing opportunities for young people to develop skills for real life work environments through business engagements and work placements. The School also provides personal coaching to develop and prepare students for life post-Studio School.

Students at the Studio School had the chance to demonstrate what they do in their subjects and exhibit their work. Each creative area prepared a taster lesson, delivering a short snippet of what a day at the Creative & Media Studio School was like. The event included live demonstrations from Music Technology, theatrical performance work from the Drama department with set design provided by Art and Design; green screen production from Media Production; as well as a Fashion show hosted by Fashion and Textiles.

In an exclusive interview with the Examiner later at the University of Huddersfield, the Duke told how impressed he had been by the level of integration at the school which he believed made the students’ learning more purposeful.

He said: “Project-based learning is very important. It means that they learn a number of different skills and at the end of it, the project, (normally around eight weeks), has a conclusion.

“Within that they have learnt parts of the National Curriculum and understand it in an applied way.

“They have learnt why they need English, Maths etc and how all of it is about problem solving and communication. It requires inspiration.

“This is the reason for what I am doing.

“If we are going to be prosperous we are going to have to invest in international trade and we have to invest in our young people to give them the employability, skills and confidence to succeed.”

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