Students at Dorset Studio demonstrated their wildlife conservation skills to Lord Knight of Weymouth at his recent visit to Kingston Maurward College.
The school, which is based at the Dorchester College campus, teaches vocational land-based studies to young people aged between 13 and 19 alongside traditional GCSES in maths, English and science.
Since November the students have been working on a dormouse protection project. Dormice are an endangered species but still evident in Dorset which led the students embarked on ambitious project to increase the local dormouse population by building and placing dormice boxes around the Kingston Maurward College campus.
Lord Knight said: “It has been very exciting to visit Dorset Studio School today. This Studio School has a unique concept here in Dorset, offering a land-based curriculum to young people.
“It’s the students who tell you the real story and having talked to some of them today it is clear that the learning is extremely relevant and they are clearly enjoying themselves. It’s as much about gaining a range of important employment skills as well as professional qualifications.
“It’s fantastic to see the construction of their new building and the great facilities they have at Kingston Maurward College. It’s a nice marriage of a school with a college.”
Student Georgia Bowerman explained to Lord Knight about the different skills used on the project. She said: “We learnt about the habitat of the dormouse, what could be done to help increase the population and then used maths and construction skills to create 40 boxes. We also had to work out how much the boxes would cost.”