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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.

PRE-16
If you are applying in Year 9 or 10 then we would be delighted to receive your application to study at Stoke Studio College.
An application form may be downloaded here.

Please send your completed application form to
Stoke Studio College - MADE
Chelson Street,
Longton,
Stoke-on-Trent,
ST3 1PT

What are the entry requirements?
We are an inclusive college and do not stipulate formal entry requirements at Key Stage 4.  What we are looking for are young people who have a real interest in the subjects we offer, who want to work hard and who will make full use of the approach to learning that we offer.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council will allocate places based on our admissions policy.  The new intake of students will receive confirmation of their place by letter, which will contain all information regarding their first weeks at the college.

POST-16
To apply to our post-16 courses, you can simply complete an application form which you can download here.

Please send your completed application form to
Stoke Studio College - MADE
Floor 2 A Block,
Moorland Road,
Stoke-on-Trent,
ST6 1JJ

You will be invited to attend an informal interview with a member of staff to discuss your achievements so far and what you’d like to study next.  You’ll also complete an initial assessment to enable us to establish the level at which you are currently working.  The courses on offer have entry requirements which help us to ensure that you embark on a pathway which meets your needs and will lead to a successful outcome.  These requirements will be explained to you at your meeting.

We will offer you a place, subject to you meeting any entry requirements for the course, which will be confirmed when you receive your exam results.  If you are accepted onto a course and do not have a grade C or above in English or maths, we will help you to work towards achieving this in both subjects.

You will have the opportunity to attend a taster day prior to joining us, after which point we will give you enrolment details.
After results are published in August, we will invite you in to enrol, ready to start the course in September.

Entry requirements for Level 2 programmes
To access the Level 2 qualifications we offer, you will need to have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, at least four GCSEs at grade D or above, including English and maths.

If you are applying whilst you are in Year 11 and have not yet completed your GCSEs, a conditional offer will be made linked to agreed outcomes in your Key Stage 4 results.

Entry requirements for Level 3 programmes
To access the Level 3 qualifications we offer, you will need to have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, at grade C or above, including English and maths.

If you are applying whilst you are in Year 11 and have not yet completed your GCSEs, a conditional offer will be made linked to agreed outcomes in your Key Stage 4 results.

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