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iowstudioschoolThe first Ofsted inspections for five open Studio Schools in England have judged them to be outstanding or good, with one set up open on the Island later this year.

The Isle of Wight Studio School will open in East Cowes on 9th September and once full, 300 students aged 14-19 will be taught there and will take part in employer led projects which will include work placements, developing their employability and work skills and a full range of extracurricular and physical activities.

Midland Studio School in Leicestershire, which is based on a similar format, was judged by Her Majesty’s inspectors to be outstanding and from all starting points, learners make very rapid progress, despite having had poor educational experiences elsewhere.

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Helen Mason, Project Director, said:

“This fantastic result for Midland Studio College shows that the Studio School model really works.  We are going to bring the same success to the island with our new school. Studio Schools are small, enabling us to pay individual attention to every child to make sure they achieve their full potential.  We will have a primary school feel in a secondary school setting.”

To find out more about the Studio School opening in East Cowes this September come to a free event on 25th March at 18:00 at Osborne House.  You can meet the Head Teacher, Richard White and key island employers who are working with the school including GKN Aerospace, BAE Systems, Parlex and Navitus Bay.

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