Proposals to open a Studio School in Hyndburn have today been officially approved by the Department for Education (DfE), meaning Hyndburn will be home to the first Studio School in Lancashire.

The Hyndburn Studio School, which will be sponsored by Accrington and Rossendale College in partnership with Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, is a new model state school that has been created in response to national and local data that shows thatmany learners currently leave school without the skills needed for a successful career. The Hyndburn Studio School will cater for students of all abilities from the ages of 14 – 19 years old. It is a vocationally-based school that aims to prepare its learners to be ready for work when they leave, by offering them an industry specific vocational pathway from the age of 14, created in partnership with some of the area’s largest and most respected employers.

Stephen Carlisle, Principal of the school’s sponsor Accrington and Rossendale College, commented, “We are thrilled to have received official approval for the Hyndburn Studio School as we are convinced it will have a hugely positive impact on the next generation of Hyndburn’s workforce.

“Alongside helping learners to achieve excellent grades in their key GCSEs, the studio school will prepare them for a career by giving them work experience from day one so that they develop their skills at some of the most prestigious companies in Pennine Lancashire. We already have over 40 companies on board for the school, who will help us shape curriculum, provide both paid and unpaid work experience to our learners and give them the best possible chance of excelling in their chosen field of work.”

Whilst at the studio school, learners will still study for their key GCSEs of English, Maths, Science and ICT and alongside that will choose a vocational pathway and study for a BTEC Diploma in that specialism. The pathways currently on offer at Hyndburn Studio School are sport, leisure and hospitality, business and finance, automotive technologies and media and marketing. Further pathways are also being investigated based upon community demand.

The School, based centrally at the Waterside building, St. James’ Court West, Accrington, will cater for 100 students in its first year, rising to 300 by year three.

Stephen Carlisle, commented, “The response we have had already to the Studio School has been phenomenal. Parents are attracted by the fact that we have strong support from employers and because we are offering their children the chance to learn about work, gain industry skills and have a better chance of gaining employment after education. Hyndburn is typically an area where youth unemployment is high and we hope that the new Hyndburn Studio School will plug the existing gap between skills and employability and help shape the future of Hyndburn.”

David Nicoll, CEO of the Studio Schools Trust, commented, ”We are delighted that Hyndburn Studio School has been approved by the Department of Education – one of 12 new Studio Schools to open in 2012 – and we very much look forward to working with them in the future. This new school is a ground breaking way in which to deliver education, combining mainstream qualifications will real experience of the world of work, and the development of key employability skills. The Studio School will play an important role in shaping the future workforce across the region. Six Studio Schools are already open and over fifty are in the pipeline, and we look forward to improving the employment prospects and life chances of young people across the North West.”

Parents interested in the school should visit www.hyndburnstudioschool.co.uk
The Hyndburn Studio School prospectus will be available from January 2012 and applications will be accepted from the end of January for a September 2012 intake. The Hyndburn Studio School caters for students of all abilities.


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