Starbank School has excellent facilities and resources to support and enhance teaching and learning across all subjects and year groups from our Nursery up to Year 11.
We have high expectations of our teaching environments to impact on pupil’s learning and to engage and motivate them. All teachers from Nursery up to Year 11 take pride in showcasing pupils work and producing outstanding displays which support learning.
The Science department consists of five laboratories which are equipped with biology, physics and chemistry equipment. Each lab contains equipment to carry out a range of practical sessions, including access to gas taps. There is also a demonstration area away from the labs, which allows us to model experiments to the students. This demonstration area includes a fume cupboard for some of the more advanced experiments. We are able to project these onto screens so all students are able to clearly see any demonstrations.
Art Studios and Photography
The Art department consists of three large rooms designed to develop different art practices. The main Art room is set up to support students in 3D Sculpture and Design. It also includes a work space along with two potters wheels and a kiln room. The second Art room is fully equipped for 2D Art with areas to store materials, work and wash up. The Mac suite is fully set up to house an entire class of photography students. Students use state of the art equipment including iMacs, class set of DSLR cameras, drawing tablets as well as a large printer dedicated to photography. The room is set up to support photoshoots with the blinds being different colours.
Design and Technology Workshops
The Design Technology areas include a fully equipped resistant material workshop with a wide range of material, manipulation machinery including a metal lathe, fret saws, plastic vacuum forming unit, hot wire foam cutter for prototyping in Styrofoam, disc sander, metal enamelling kiln and pillar drill as well as an extensive range of hand tools and saws to accommodate the five main material areas of DT. This highly equipped workshop also compliments a separate room that is more dedicated to CAD/CAM product creation with a 3D printer and industrial A2 bed size laser cutter all linked to both iMac and PC computers and dedicated professional computer software, that allows students of all ages and abilities to create and realise designs, that are truly unique and have a professional aesthetic finish. Also, as part of the DT department there is a dedicated textiles workshop that accommodates 20 Janome sewing machines, two over lockers for the professional finishing of edges and seams of garments and products and a dedicated CAD/CAM computerised embroidery machine which can link to a tablet computer, for the user to free draw a design to be embroidered onto a product. The department is very well resourced and allows the students an extensive range of creative opportunities to explore during their time at Starbank School. In addition, the workshop areas have a dedicated DT technician who assists in the running of the lessons, but also monitors and maintains the machinery and ensures relevant health and safety standards are met.
Food Preparation Room
The food preparation room is set out with twelve fully equipped work stations, including a fully accessible work station and demonstration area. Ovens in this room are electric fan ovens with electric halogen hobs and include isolator points for each unit to ensure student safety. Equipment available in the kitchen for the students to use include two stand mixers, hand held mixers and stick blenders, electronic scales, a plethora of cake tins, baking trays and loaf tins, as well as a standard set of cooking equipment in each work station, which is quality checked after every lesson for cleanliness. The room also houses two large fridges for students to store perishable ingredients and cooked products which are temperature checked daily. The room has a dedicated food technician who assists in the running of the lessons, but also monitors hygiene and cleanliness in the room and ensure relevant health and safety standards are met. In addition to the food preparation room we also have a separate break out theory room which is shared with DT and is used for delivery of theoretical food lessons and accommodates forty laptop computers and six base PC computer units to ensure the quality delivery of coursework at KS4.
Each site has at least one school hall which is used for assemblies as well as PE. On the Hob Moor site, we have our state of the art auditorium with tiered seating for up to 300 people. The school hall has professionally fitted light and sound systems for theatrical productions.
Radio and TV Studio
We have a radio studios on all 3 of our sites equipped with a mixing desk, microphones and iMacs. At Bierton Road it doubles up to be the home of iStar TV which has green screen facilities. Rocket Radio and iStar TV goes live across the computing network on all 3 sites.