Top employers join Studio College

Top employers join forces with Stoke Studio College

A new style of education will give students a direct link to a wide range of influential employers.

Stoke Studio College will open for young people from 14 to 19 year olds in September, 2012.

It is the first of the Government’s new studio schools to open in Staffordshire and combines academic studies with a vocational curriculum tailored to meet individual students’ needs.

Now a range of key partners have agreed to work with the Studio College.

These are Balfour Beatty; Emma Bridgewater; Johnson Tiles; Kier Construction; Research Machines; Thomas Vale; Wates Construction and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Enrolment is now underway for the Studio College which is based at CoRE, the new £11.4 million Centre of Refurbishment Excellence, Longton, and the Discovery Academy.

It is one of only 12 new “Studio Schools” which will open across the country in 2012.

The studio school system is designed to combine high standards of achievements in core subjects including maths, English and science with regular practical work experience.

Industry partners will take the students for regular sessions of hands-on work based training.

Each student will have a personal coach who will meet with them to identify students’ needs and targets.

Sarah Robinson, Principal of Stoke on Trent College, said: “Stoke Studio College will combine real work with academic excellence.

“It will allow students the chance to work on a clear pathway to a potential career while pursuing their education.

Young people can opt to join the Studio College at either 14 or when they are due to leave secondary school at 16.

“Year 9 pupils will currently be considering their subject options for their final two years in secondary schools.  Studio College gives young people an extra choice.”

There is a chance for potential students to visit the CoRE building when the studio college holds an open day on Saturday, 24 March.

The Studio College in Chelson Street, Longton, will be open to visitors from 9.30am to 12.30pm.


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