Studio schools in the South

Artist's impression of the Studio School in Southampton Credit: ITV Meridian

The Government has today given the go ahead for 15 new Studio Schools to open in

2013 and 2014. By September 2013 it is expected that 30 Studio Schools will be open

across England.

Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the plans this morning, saying:

“Studio Schools benefit both business and young people – they are a brilliant way for

employers to become involved in helping give young people what they need to get

good jobs. They are aimed at children who learn in more practical ways and offer good

qualifications alongside the kind of skills employers want.

“Studio Schools teach a rigorous academic and vocational curriculum in a practical way.

They equip young people with the qualifications and skills to help companies prosper,

and offer paid work experience.

“It is fantastic that so many successful employers are getting behind the Studio School


Studio Schools have been developed by the Studio Schools Trust, a joint venture

between the Young Foundation and the Edge Foundation.

David Frost CBE, Chair of the Studio Schools Trust and former Director General of the

British Chambers of Commerce, commented:

“I am delighted that the government has approved another 15 Studio Schools, and

that interest is continuing to grow as we expand our network of Studio Schools across


"Studio Schools are playing a vital role in equipping young people with the skills and

experience that they need to succeed in a competitive jobs market, through combining

mainstream qualifications with real experience of the world of work."

"Employers are keen to help prepare young people for the workplace, and Studio Schools allow them to get involved in all aspects of school life - from designing the curriculum and delivering masterclasses, to providing paid work placements and mentoring students. With

enterprise and entrepreneurialism at the core, many Studio Schools will run their own

social enterprises, and students will run their own businesses, therefore helping to

strengthen the economy and community in their local area."