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Stoke Studio Colleges to draw to a close by summer 2019

It has been announced today that a decision to close the Stoke-on-Trent Studio Colleges for Construction and the Built Environment (CaBE) and Manufacturing and Design Excellence (MaDE)  in August 2018 and August 2019 respectively, has been agreed in principle by ministers at the Department of Education. This decision is due to too few students choosing to study at the Studio Colleges and this has impacted on the viability of the provision.
This provisional decision is subject to a four-week listening period, after which a final decision will be made by the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Alpha Academies Trust who operate the schools. If the final decision is to close then students intending to start at the schools in September 2018 will be able to continue at their existing school or explore a transfer to another school.

It is also proposed that if the studio schools close the sites will remain with Alpha Academies Trust to provide 120 alternative provision places through the relocation and expansion of Reach PRU, a local authority alternative provision setting which is due to convert and join the Trust on 1 September 2018 
The Chief Operating Officer of the Alpha Academies Trust, Ann Marie Lucy said:
“The Stoke Studio Colleges have provided an excellent learning experience for many children in the City, however unfortunately the schools have not been able to recruit sufficient student. In particular the sixth form has struggled to attract prospective students. It is a sad reality that such small schools cannot continue long-term.
“We are very focussed on honouring our commitment to pupils who are currently studying at MaDE, and the Department’s decision to keep MaDE open until summer 2019 ensures that the 34 pupils currently progressing into Year 11 will all be able to complete their GCSEs as planned”.

A Department for Education spokesperson added:
“We have agreed, in principle, to the closure of the two Stoke Studio Colleges following a request from the Alpha Academies Trust.  A number of options have been explored but ministers have decided that the schools, which have not operated above 25 per cent capacity, should close in August 2018 and August 2019 respectively. Ministers have also agreed in principle that if the studio schools close the sites will remain with the Trust to provide 120 alternative provision places through the relocation and expansion of Reach PRU which is due to convert and join the Trust on 1 September 2018

Dave Miles, the interim Principal of the Stoke Studio Colleges said:
“It is with great regret that the schools are in this position. Despite all the efforts of its governing body and dedicated staff, who have all done an excellent job, the schools’ sixth form has never been fully utilised.  This is because our students have progressed at 16 to further study or apprenticeships elsewhere – and our view has always been to support the decision which is in the best interests of our pupils.”

The Stoke Studio Colleges have supported students to move on to positive destinations since they opened in 2013 and 2014.  Last year, 100% of the Year 11 students moved on to positive destinations in further education and apprenticeships.

During the listening period, which runs until 5pm on 6 July 2018, interested persons should submit their comments via this link  

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Year 11 Arrangements for Collection of Examination Results at The Discovery Academy

Dear Parent/Carer

We would like to say congratulations to all of our Year 11 students on the success that they have achieved so far during their time at Stoke Studio College Construction & Building Excellence and Stoke Studio College Manufacturing and Design Engineering.

Collection of results

On Thursday 23rd August 2018, the students will be able to collect their examination results from The Discovery Academy between 10.00am and 11.30am. Students are to report to the Main Hall. Colleges will be on hand to provide support to students once they have received their results.

If students are unable to collect their results they can be posted to them by sending into The Discovery Academy a stamped self-addressed envelope. If students would like someone else to collect their results on results day, they will need to send in a letter stating who will be collecting their results and the person will need to bring with them proof of identity.

Wishing all Year 11 students the very best with their future education.

Yours faithfully

Sarah Robinson


Publish date:13/06/2018


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