Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Studio School?

A Studio School is a new state school model for 14 to 19 year olds, of all abilities. Studio Schools seek to address the growing gap between what young people require to succeed in life and the skills and knowledge that the current education system provides. Studio Schools pioneer a bold new approach to learning involving Enterprise Projects and real work. This roots students' learning in the real world and will help them to develop the skills they need to succeed. 

Do Studio Schools teach the National Curriculum?

Yes. All Studio Schools teach the National Curriculum and offer the same key academic qualifications as traditional schools. Students work towards GCSEs in English, Maths and dual award Science as a minimum. What makes Studio Schools unique is not what is delivered but how it is delivered. The Studio Schools curriculum moves away from traditional methods of subject delivery with the curriculum delivered principally through multidisciplinary Enterprise Projects in the school and surrounding community.

Do Studio Schools employ qualified teachers?

The Studio Schools Trust strongly recommend that all Learning Coaches should have QTS or QTLS.

Are Studio Schools vocational schools?

No. Studio Schools offer both academic and vocational qualifications. They have been designed to break through the traditional divide between academic/highly valued education and vocational/’second best’ training. What makes them unique is not what is offered but how it is delivered. Studio Schools take learning out of a traditional classroom setting and deliver both vocational and academic qualifications through Enterprise Projects.

What work placements are offered at Studio Schools?

Work placements differ from Studio School to Studio School. However, all are aspirational and linked to employment opportunities in the local area. Crucially, students receive a wage for their work. This ensures they are valued as employees by the businesses in which they work. 

How is the Studio Schools curriculum personalised?

All students in Studio Schools meet frequently with a Personal Coach who works with them to identify and meet personal targets, helping them to tailor the Studio Schools curriculum, and their suite of qualifications, to their individual needs and aspirations. Personal Coaches support students through one-to-one meetings, group coaching sessions and practical learning.

Will Studio Schools students be able to go onto university?

Yes. Studio Schools offer a range of key qualifications. On leaving their Studio School, students will have gained at least Level 2 qualifications, and will be able to study at Level 3 and beyond. They will have a range of progression routes available to them including the potential to go to university.

Are Studio Schools selective?

No. Studio Schools are fully compliant with the Schools Admissions Code. They are a 14-19 options choice, aimed at students who are better suited to a more ‘hands on' approach to learning. However it should be noted that, as academies, they do have the option to select 10% of their students by reference to a specific aptitude.

Are Studio Schools private schools?

No. Studio Schools are all state schools. They do not charge fees.

How do I set up a Studio School in my local area?

We have bold ambitions for Studio Schools and are keen to meet potential future partners. If you are interested in becoming part of the Studio Schools movement please contact us at enquiries@studioschoolstrust.org or on 0161 200 1630.