1. ITV Report

Plymouth Studio School announces its closure date

Plymouth Studio School will officially close on September 1st, the Department for Education has announced.

The school, which has only been open for three years, offered a mixture of GCSEs A levels and BTechs to students in years 10-13.

But earlier this year an Ofsted inspection found it to be failing the students. Dwindling pupil numbers was also blamed for the proposal to close the school - now there are only three students left.

This afternoon the Department for Education said the funding agreement for the school would be terminated in August.

Plymouth Studio School was rated 'inadequate' Credit: ITV News

Sam Abbott, chair of governors, said: “Many Studio Schools have faced significant challenges and Plymouth is no exception, with the school struggling to secure adequate pupil numbers to ensure sufficient Government funding.

“We have been working closely with Plymouth City Council to ensure pupils have been able to find new school places, and to facilitate, where possible, the transfer of specialist courses to other educational providers; we are happy this has been possible, and that all registered pupils now have school places earmarked, or have already transferred.

“We are very grateful to the 15 members of staff at Plymouth Studio School, in particular Headteacher Mark Cahill, for their tremendous professionalism and dedication these last few weeks, working hard to look after their pupils’ wellbeing after the difficult news was first announced, and continuing to provide the very best teaching for pupils under difficult circumstances.”

Plymouth Studio School has just three pupils left Credit: ITV News

Cllr Jon Taylor, Plymouth City Council cabinet member for education, skills and transformation, said: “We have worked hard to find suitable alternative school places for all of the pupils at Plymouth Studio School, and to help facilitate transfers as quickly and effectively as possible.

“We are continuing to support students who have transferred to other schools, and we have been allocated £301,665 from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to fund students who are currently in Year 10 but will be moving to Year 11 in September.

“This funding will be allocated to support the education of pupils in their new schools.”