2014 Studio Schools Announced

The Government has today given the go ahead for thirteen new Studio Schools to open in 2014, backed by local and national employers and industry leaders, including the National Space Centre, Barclays, Talk Talk, National Nuclear Laboratory and the National Trust.

Schools Minister Lord Nash said:

“I am delighted to be approving such a strong field of Studio Schools to the next stage. More employers are getting involved in Studio Schools, demonstrating their commitment to preparing young people – who will be their future employees – to the world of work.

“It is crucial for young people to have the skills and experience vital to employers, both for their own prosperity and to help us compete in the global race.”

Studio Schools have been developed by the Studio Schools Trust, in partnership with the Department for Education, and local and national education providers and employers. They offer mainstream qualifications (including GCSEs, A Levels, and vocational and professional qualifications) linked to the world of work, and focus on developing the key employability and life skills required by employers.

All Studio Schools have enterprise and entrepreneurship at their heart, and many have additional specialisms linked to their local employer base. Specialisms include: creative and digital technologies, STEM, health and social care and sport.

Anu Ojha, Director, National Space Academy said:

“The UK’s space industry is one of this country’s best-kept secrets – amongst the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy (nearly 10% per year) with 29 000 employees, a turnover to the country of more than £9 billion per year and world-leading expertise in space robotics, satellite communications and a host of other space technologies.

One of the biggest challenges for the sector is sustaining this growth – to achieve its potential the UK space industry will need new entrants at both degree level and higher apprenticeship technical level. The Banbury Space Studio, with its proximity to Harwell (the UK’s science campus for space science and particle physics with thousands of engineers, technicians and scientists on site) and support from the UK space sector, will be well placed to make a tangible contribution not only to the growth prospects for the sector but also to the aspirations of the young people studying at the Studio School who wish to become part of this successful and inspiring industry.”

Adrian Bull, National Nuclear Laboratory, said:

"The National Nuclear Laboratory is one of the major nuclear sector employers with headquarters in the Warrington area. As such, as business is always looking to attract talented individuals with an interest in technical subjects, we are delighted with this news. The Future Tech Studio will be a real boost for the future talent base of Warrington and the surrounding area."

The successful projects announced today are:

North East

Studio West, based in Newcastle and sponsored by Kenton School, will specialise in enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Key partners: URS Infrastructure & Environment UK, XISCAD Training Ltd, Aspire Technology Solutions, Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, Newcastle City Council.

Apollo Studio Academy, based in Durham and sponsored by The Academy at Shotton Hall and East Durham College, will specialise in STEM/Health, Care and Early years.
Key partners: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Caterpillar, NSK, Sherburn Stone, and Newcastle University.

North West

Manchester Creative Studio, industry led bid supported by over 60 SMEs in the creative and digital sector, and supported by Manchester Met University and MIDAS.

Future Tech Studio, based in Warrington and sponsored by Warrrington Collegiate, will specialise in ICT across three sectors – energy and engineering, IT and telecommunications, business and financial services.
Key partners: National Nuclear Laboratory, United Utilities, Nuvia, Barclays, Rock Oil, Grant Thornton, Talk Talk, Warrington Chamber of Commerce, Warrington Council.

Knutsford Academy: The Studio, based in Cheshire and sponsored by Knutsford Academy, will specialise in digital technologies.
Key partners: Barclays, Deloitte, Manchester Airport Group, Forum for Private Business, Richmond Sports Coaching, Microsoft, Apadmi, and Eon Reality. 

East Midlands

The Digital Studio College, based in Heanor and sponsored by Derby College, will specialise in service industries, digital technologies and business.
Key partners: The Digital Youth Academy, Amber Valley Borough Council, Nestle, East Midlands Trains, Derbyshire Constabulary.

The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School, based in Lutterworth and sponsored by Lutterworth College, will specialise in Engineering, Retail & Distribution and Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality.
Key partners: National RAF Museum at RAF Cosford, Kilworth House Hotel, Babcock Integrated Technology, Curve Theatre Leicester.

Vision Studio School, based in Mansfield and sponsored by Vision West Notts College, will specialise in Engineering & Logistics, Health and Care Occupations.
Key partners: Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
Glenair (engineering), University of Nottingham, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, Ilkeston Football Club.

South East

Space Studio Banbury, in Oxfordshire and sponsored by the Aspirations Academies Trust, will specialise in science, maths and space.
Key partners: National Space Centre, RAL Space Communications, Rational Aviation, Imperative Space, Frostechnic, Kraft, Space Education Adventures, National Space Academy, Science & Technology Facilities Council.

De Salis Studio College, based in Hillingdon, London and sponsored by Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust, will specialise in business, retail, IT and computing.
Key partners: Intercontinental Hotels Group, HSBC, Deloitte - Teachfirst Community, Citigroup, Arcadia.

South West

Bath Studio School, based in Bath and sponsored by a group of five secondary schools, will specialise in business, IT, science and enterprise.
Key partners: Kier, Somer Valley FM, Richardson Swift, and over 20 SMEs

Dorset Studio School, based in Dorchester and sponsored by Kingston Maurwood College, will specialize in Environmental and Land Based Sciences.
Key partners: National Trust, Knighton Countryside Management, RSPCA, Dorset NFU, Hurst Farm, Queen Thorne Landscapes.

Island Studio School, based on the Isle of Wight and sponsored by Southampton City College, will specialize in Marine Manufacturing and Offshore Energy.
Key partners: Gurit,
Vestas Wind Capture Systems,
IFPL, RYA and IOW Council.


The Department for Education has recently published plans for the next wave of Studio School applications for 2015 opening - click here to find out more

There will be two Studio School application rounds a year, the next ones being in September 2013 and Spring 2014. Guidance, application forms and the precise application deadlines for the next round will be published in May 2013.

To discuss opening a Studio School in 2015 please get in touch via email at enquiries@studioschoolstrust.org or on 0161 200 1630.