Stephenson Academy has a new purpose built motor vehicle facility. The workshop has two vehicle lifts and modern equipment, an engine building room which has modern engine units through to single cylinder and two stroke engines for students to practise for their qualification upon. We have a purpose built classroom to prepare learners for work and further education within the motor vehicle industry.
During the course students will learn to replace periodic service items, vehicle braking systems, exhausts and most general repairs carried out by garages.
The course promotes responsibility in students as the work-shop can be a hazardous environment and students are trained to work safely and independently.
Students will study for a Level 1 Award covering health and safety together with petrol and diesel engine operation and assembly however students gain experience with a wide a range of vehicle fault diagnosis and repairs. Students learn skills and gain confidence to go on to study in further education and gain a portfolio of evidence which is useful for prospective employers and training providers alike.
Whilst motor vehicle work can involve heavy weights the facility is equipped with lifting gear and equipment for this which students are trained to use. There are no barriers to any students studying the subject once they reach year 10 other than their behaviour which the staff support and help the pupils with.
Cross curricular working is the norm within the subject as pupils learn measurements (both metric and imperial), learning how fuel and air is atomised, etc.
The motor vehicle department also teaches the young people to maintain the Academy’s small fleet of petrol RC cars which are used for after school reward activities by all of the students something which proves very popular!
Feedback from Ofsted Inspection – July 2013
When teachers make sure activities are practical, interesting to the students and include an element of problem solving or challenge, students usually make good progress. In an excellent example during the inspection, students were given different types of work within the motor vehicle workshop; some were refining specific skills while others were learning how to diagnose a fault and then take the necessary steps to put it right. All were focused on improving their knowledge and skills, and the teacher made sure they were given enough guidance but also had to work things out for themselves.