Midland Academies Trust

The Midland Studio College Hinckley

Exam results

Students who have completed their exams at the Midland Studio College this year, please note the following arrangements for the collection of results and careers advice.

The school will be open on 25th and 26th August from 9am to 2pm to collect results. Mrs. Hewlett, Mr Walker and Mrs Jones will all be present and Mr Ray Le Tarouilly will be available for any student seeking careers advice and guidance.

 The Midland Studio College will be permanently closed on 28th August 2016 and therefore all enquires after this date should be send to val.hone@nwhc.ac.uk or call Val on 024 76243531.

Student exam certificates will be received by the Midland Academies Trust in the autumn. Certificates cannot be posted, so all students will be contacted to make arrangements to collect their certificate. 

The Midland Studio College

Update May 2016 -Following the announcement below the MAT is pleased to confirm that all but 11 students have been retained in other schools in our Trust. We continue to support our young people in their examination preparation, work placements and personal coaching. 

The Midland Academies Trust announces changes in learning provision for students at Midland Studio Colleges Hinckley and Nuneaton

  • The Midland Academies Trust will work with parents and students to look at alternative ways for them to undertake the unique learning offer provided by the Midland Studio Colleges
  • Decision taken as student recruitment falls below target to make school economically viable
  • Move will ensure a smooth transition for students’ to ensure minimum disruption

The Midland Academies Trust is to change the learning provision for students at its studio schools in Hinckley and Nuneaton.  Students will now be given the opportunity to continue their studies at other schools within the Trust supported by North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.  They will continue with the specialist CREATE Framework, supported by personal coaches and enjoy work experience arrangements aligned with the key features of the studio school model.

The decision comes as increasing financial pressures due to low pupil recruitment make the economic viability of small schools hugely challenging. The studio schools cater for 300 students each (600 in total) but there are currently a total of 157 pupils on roll across both schools.

Year 10 and Year 12 students will be given the opportunity to continue their studies at either The George Eliot School or The William Bradford Academy from January 2016.  Current staff will continue to work with them and they will continue with their work placements and relationships with employers. The Year 11 and Year 13 students will remain at the studio schools until the end of the academic year.

Travel arrangements for students

A Parents’ Reference Group will be established to ensure students are making sufficient progress and adapting to their new arrangements during these changes, with all parents offered the opportunity to visit the new schools and colleges recommended by the Trust.

Tim Render, Chair of the MAT board, commented: “We are firmly committed to providing a high standard of education for every student and we believe we cannot achieve this any longer with the lower than forecast numbers of students at the studio schools.  The success and well-being of our students is our main priority and that they are able to continue their studies with the least disruption possible. Students will have the same support from personal coaches and employer partners as they do at present. With exams at the end of the academic year for some students, we are committed to providing a continuation in their studies and all the support and guidance that they require to approach this important time with the confidence to realise their best potential.”

“We remain committed to providing a blended learning experience – academic and vocational studies combined with work experience - which properly prepares local young people for work.  The studio school model offers additional measures of personal coaching and greater work experience for every student to nurture the life and work skills to be work ready; this will be continued. We will also maintain a clear focus on the technical skills required by our local and regional employers in Leicestershire and Warwickshire and our relationships with employer partners across the region will be unaffected.”

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