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Studio School
A creative hub for all gifted and talented 14 – 19 year olds across Kirklees

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What is a Studio School?

Everyone starting at the Studio School begins a journey. Some will get a great job, some will start their own business and others will go on to University.

Studio Schools are a new type of school for young people. Based on extensive research and best practice, they offer a pioneering practical approach to learning.

At their heart is the belief that this more practical approach can better equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to succeed. In a country in which most lessons are still taught in a traditional way, Studio Schools will break new ground in the British education system, offering a pioneering practical education rooted in the real world. We are now in our third year (five if you include the initial two-year pilot) and the results that we achieved speak for themselves.

At the heart of a Studio School are six key elements:

  • Employability and enterprise skills – students are supported to develop the key employability and life skills they need to succeed
  • Key qualifications – students are taught the national curriculum and work towards a range of key qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3
  • Personalised curriculum – students meet frequently with their ‘personal coach’ to tailor the curriculum to their individual needs and aspirations
  • Practical learning – students’ learning is delivered through enterprise themed projects in the school, local businesses and the community. There are even opportunities for students to spend a portion of their weekly time in real work
  • Real work – students will spend a significant portion of their weekly time in real work
  • Small schools – students will learn in a small, supportive and personalised learning environment of around 300 students

Studio Schools have been specially designed to maximise the possibilities for every student; this is a school unlike any other in the country.

We have businesses and pupils working side by side and our new purpose-built £4.5m building will be one of the best learning facilities in the country, let alone Kirklees. What makes us different is not what is offered but how it is  delivered. We take learning out of a traditional classroom setting,
teaching the curriculum through real-life enterprise themed projects in the school and the surrounding community.

Our post-14 and post-16 students benefit from studying business-relevant qualifications in an environment that allows them to apply what they have learnt in the classroom directly into real life business situations. Some of our pupils even get paid for doing so! We are already seeing evidence that this practical approach to learning is leading to high grades, improved engagement and better job prospects for young people, as well as widening the pathway to higher education and beyond.

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Welcome to the Creative & Media Studio School in Huddersfield. We offer a range of creative qualifications that can be achieved in A Levels, BTECs & GSCEs.

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The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 16 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make others see; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



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T: 01484 382140

The Creative & Media Studio School
Netherhall Learning Campus,
Rawthorpe Terrace,

Named contact for queries: Joanne Ainley

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