New wave of Studio Schools announced

Ministers have today given the green light to the a new wave of Studio Schools, taking the total open and approved to 46 across England.

David Nicoll, Chief Executive of the Studio Schools Trust, said:

''We are delighted that our network of Studio Schools has now grown to 46. 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 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. Studio Schools are providing new opportunities for young people as well as improving their employment prospects and life chances.''

For full details of the announcement see the DfE's press release.

The five newly approved projects are:

Aldridge Centre for Entrepreneurship Studio School (ACE)

Based in Tower Hamlets, the school will be led by The Aldridge Foundation, specialising in entrepreneurship with a focus on retail and creative and digital enterprises. It will be co-located with the leading business partner Asda at their store on the Isle of Dogs, an area with a mix of SMEs, social enterprises and bigger businesses. Enabling Enterprise and Future Foundations will provide links to other employers in the area. The school will cater for 300 students when at full capacity.

Atrium Studio School

The Atrium Studio School based in South Devon will specialise in the built environment, which will include construction, architecture and civil engineering. It is led by the South Dartmoor Academy Trust in partnership with professional bodies and a number of employers including Novus, URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Ltd, Glendinning and First Class Builders. The School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University have also supported the application. The school will admit from age 13 and cater for 375 students when at capacity.

Bicester Technology Studio

Based in Bicester and led by Activate Learning (formerly Oxford & Cherwell Valley Group), in partnership with Bicester Vision, RED, Zeta Specialist Lighting and Chiltern Railways, the studio school will specialise in technologies - sustainable construction, engineering and computing. It will cater for 310 students when at capacity.

Space Studio West London

Space Studio West London in Hounslow will specialise in science, maths, aerospace and catering. The school’s location is close to Heathrow and the school will be supported by a range of employers and sponsors in the aerospace sector and space-related. It is led by the Aspirations Academies Trust (AAT) and will cater for 300 students when at full capacity.

The STEM Studio School

The STEM Studio School in Bath, is led by Wellsway Multi Academy Trust and will specialise in STEM subjects. It is supported by The James Dyson Foundation, BMT Defence Systems, Aedas Architects, Nokia and Semta. The school will cater for 300 students when at capacity.

The second application deadline for opening a Studio school in 2015 is 9th May 2014, with decisions to be announced in summer 2014.

If you would like to discuss opening a Studio School in 2015, or for more information on the support the Studio Schools Trust can provide, please get in touch via email at or on 0161 200 1630.