What is a studio school?

A Studio School is a mainstream state school where classroom based learning and the world of work are truly integrated. They are designed for 14-19 year olds of all abilities and provide a small school environment for a maximum of 300 students. Working closely with local employers, Studio Schools will offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications including GCSEs in English, Maths and Science, as well as paid work placements linked directly to employment opportunities in the local area. This approach ensures students’ learning is rooted in the real world and helps them to develop the skills they need to flourish in life.

Students will gain a broad range of employability and life skills and will have the option to go on to university, further training and employment. Employers are a key aspect of the studio school model, its success and the opportunities on offer to students. Students will work in smaller groups with individual support from a ‘personal coach’ who will meet with them one-to-one every fortnight to develop their own personalised learning plan and tailor their curriculum to their individual needs and aspirations. Personalisation of the curriculum will be further supported through a small school environment in which every young person will be able to access the tailored support that they need.