Rye Studio School Enrichment Programme

Enrichment offers a broad level of experience and understanding of the roles in contemporary society in a creative context. The CREATE framework offers a holistic vision to develop each student in happiness, health and confidence. Enrichment is delivered via personalised routes from induction to graduation, from NCS to citizenship via Faborgeggens Efterskole, students explore, challenge and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that helps young people build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. Year 12 students will develop the tools and belief to unlock their potential and make a positive impact in their communities.

NCS gives thousands of young people across England the chance to, meet other young people from all backgrounds and tackle outdoor challenges on an exciting residential week away from home. Joining with local businesses and social leaders students learn new skills for work and life and discover more about their area. Make their mark by developing and delivering local volunteering projects that matter to them.

It features a residential stay away from home and a project in the local community. A focus on social mixing, regular guided reflection and social action projects led by young people makes NCS a unique and fulfilling experience.

The NCS programme
Giving Nation

Giving Nation challenges KS4 students in schools to become social entrepreneurs, fundraisers, campaigners and volunteers for charities and good causes.

Using their skill, imagination and the help of their classmates, students develop mini-charity projects to reach out and benefit the wider community.

Rye Studio School students will be given the opportunity to create their own social enterprise teams and raise funds for their selected charities.


F: facebook.com/givingnation

T: @GivingNation

Deloitte Expert Programme

A series of talks and seminars designed by Howard Lovell, CEO Deloitte Switzerland. Inspirational speakers will describe their journeys to success and reveal how their careers unfolded to provide Rye Studio School students an insight into blue chip businesses and career progression.

  • Howard Lovell, CEO Deloitte Switzerland
  • Beth Butterwick, CEO Bon Marche
  • Fraser Thompson, CEO Chapel Down, English Wines
  • Cilla Snowball, CBE, AMV BBDO
  • Garth Crooks, OBE, England International footballer and BBC pundit

Political and Faith Programme

To support democracy and to develop an informed, tolerant, engaged and contributing citizen, Rye Studio School offers a rolling programme of political and religious talks. Guests are invited from all parties and faiths to present their beliefs and manifestos. Question and answer sessions provide the opportunity for engagement, deeper questioning and debate. Topical agendas drive the programme covering national and international issues such as the recent Scottish Referendum.


Indoor and outdoor sports are delivered in a bespoke offer with access to Rye College, Rye Salts and Freedom Leisure Sports Centre. Choices include swim and gym, personal training, aerobics, rounders, netball and basketball.

Arts Award

Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills.


Arts Award Bronze: Young people get involved in the arts and share their skills

To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 national qualification, young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts hero/heroine and share their skills with others.

Arts Award Silver: Young people challenge themselves and build creativity

Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification, has two units – Unit 1: arts practice and Unit 2: arts leadership. Doing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.

Young people need to plan their work with an adviser and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether. Young people need to plan their work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Their portfolio might be a folder, sketchbook, video diary or a website.

Arts Award Gold: Drive young people’s personal development in the arts

Gold Arts Award is the highest level at Level 3, and develops young people's creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). Young people need to plan their work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Young people can pick their own style of portfolio – this could be a diary, video, website blog – or something different altogether..

Gold has two units – Unit 1: personal arts development and Unit 2: arts projects leadership.

Instrumental Lessons

Voice ** Music Theatre, Pop vocal, Blues, Rock, Country and R & B.

Guitar - acoustic, electric, bass** and Ukulele

Piano and Keyboard**

Flute and Drums


Other instruments may be available

Music Theory

Music Theatre groups – numbers permitting.

Each lesson is 25 minutes long in line with curriculum timetable. Lessons are on the same day during each term. Lesson times change each week so that students do not miss the same lesson on their timetable.


Single lesson £14.00

Shared (two pupils) £8.50

Group (** for beginners. Up to four per group) £7.00

Rye Academy Trust Pupil Premium funds support the costs of instrumental lessons for those who need financial assistance.

Learning Support

Students that need some extra support with their learning may use these sessions for additional specialist support.

Study Trips

Learning experiences will be enhanced through a programme of study visits that will range from day trips to the galleries or to a performance in Brighton, Margate or London to extended trips such as Year 13 visit to New York for business studies, Arts and Media.

Single day trips will cover specialist studies to access world class collections, performances and companies.

Business trips will also take place to enhance understanding of the working environment in the city of London


The Cornish Arts trip will provide visits to the Eden Project, Cornish landscape drawing, performance at the Minack Theatre and visit Tate St Ives and independent galleries.

Brighton Festival: Children’s Parade

Students will work with a theme presented by the invited guests to the festival eg Hofesh Schecter 2014.  Students will form part of the five thousand strong parade.

French Carnival

Visits to College Jean Moulin, Berck, France.

Single day of planning a carnival, street theatre, costume and film on a jointly agreed theme. Followed by Carnival Day in March to join Parade des Geants with thousands of Normandy folk joining in the event.


Rye Studio is partnering with Faaborggegens Efterskole, Faaborg, Denmark to offer reciprocal visits for staff and students to embed a cultural exchange in our Studio School experience. The Danish residential trip will include staying at FAAE, studying with the Danish students to create film and media productions that can be shown in the International Film Festival, visit local towns and join in Danish activities such as traditional cooking, arts and outdoor life including winter swimming. Students will form their projects and areas of interest together. Students will be prepared for their meetings and conversations with a programme of language skills, historical and contextual studies.


New York trip

The spring term visit to New York to cover all our specialisms in a packed trip to provide a global viewpoint on the Arts and Industry

Itinerary includes the following options:

  • Visit Empire State Building and Top of the Rock
  • Visit Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Museum of Moving Image, Queens.
  • Take a boat trip around Manhattan to view the Statue of Liberty
  • Take a tour of the Opera House or take part in an improvisation workshop at the Met.
  • Walk the business and finance sector.
  • Radio City Stage Door Tour
  • Watch a Broadway show.
  • Business at Macy’s: Behind the scenes insight into merchandising concepts, visual techniques and business facts and an informal fashion show.


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