Isle of Wight Studio School

The Isle of Wight Studio School was founded in East Cowes in 2014. It brought with it a new and totally different type of state school, offering rigorous academic qualifications in English, Mathematics, Science, Business and Enterprise and high quality vocational qualifications, such as Engineering, coupled with employer-led real work projects.

In April 2018 Inspire Academy Trust announced plans to close the school because there were “too few students choosing to study in Years 12 and 13”.

Parents, pupils and even the head teacher fought back.

Below are articles relating to the Isle of Wight Studio School.

Isle of Wight GCSEs: See the school comparisons

Examination desks

Following on from yesterday's report about this year's GCSE results, see the detail of individual schools.

Thursday, 18th October, 2018 1:03pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight politicians respond to Studio School closure plans (update 5)

Studio School interior

Following an announcement from the Dept for Education that Isle of Wight Studio School will close in summer 2019, Isle of Wight politicians share their responses.

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018 9:01am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Studio School: Dept for Education announce final decision on closure plans

studio school protest outside ch

Inspire Academy Trust say they've been humbled by strong support shown by parents and students, but that the school is operating at only 40% of capacity.

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018 9:00am

By Stuart Hunt

Isle of Wight Studio School: First Ofsted report revealed

Studio School interior

The Head Teacher of the Studio School said the "constant references throughout the report to achieving our core values around helping to create confident business-ready young adults who are given the opportunity to succeed in a small, safe and caring community means a lot to us".

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 8:26am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Studio School the ‘latest casualty of under-funding’, says councillor

julia baker smith

The academy sponsor and Department for Education say the school is not viable because of a lack of capacity, but the local councillor believes it is just the latest casualty of under-funding from the Government.

Thursday, 7th June, 2018 1:22pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Letter: Why can’t we have 16+ education that suits Isle of Wight needs?

nick stuart lib dem

Leader of the Isle of Wight LibDems asks why can’t we have 16+ education that suits the needs and wishes of the Island? A diverse education system across the Island for a diverse population.

Friday, 25th May, 2018 9:41am

By Nick Stuart

Isle of Wight Studio School: ‘Listening period’ for closure plans comes to an end

end sign

Campaigners say if the regional schools commissioner accepts the proposal to close the school, despite hundreds of students, parents, businesses and organisations putting forward strong and valid arguments, he won't have ‘listened’.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 5:01pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Teachers’ union add their support to ‘Keep Our Studio School’ campaign

studio school protest outside ch

On the deadline to object to the Department for Education about the planned closure of the Isle of Wight Studio School the teachers' union, NEU, lend their support to the campaign.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 8:23am

By Vix Lowthion

Isle of Wight Studio School headteacher says ‘the school is viable’

richard white studio school

Richard White, the headteacher of the Isle of Wight Studio school - which Inspire Academy Trust plan to close - said more students than ever before had signed up to start the school in September.

Friday, 18th May, 2018 11:46am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Pupils and parents protest against Studio School closure

studio school protest outside ch

Parents and pupils took part in a protest outside County Hall yesterday objecting to the proposed closure of the Isle of Wight Studio School.

Thursday, 17th May, 2018 2:38pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Former Indie leader joins Isle of Wight Labour Party

julia baker smith

The former Indie leader says she's always been a supporter of progressive politics and "opposed to the Conservative Austerity measures that have so badly impacted Island Services".

Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 9:30am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Studio School closure protest planned for later this week

save-our-schools-dont-destroy-education lg

“If you believe in it, then fight for it!” is the call from those opposing the closure of the Isle of Wight Studio School. Parents and supporters are asked to join others outside County Hall this week to show their objection to the plans.

Monday, 14th May, 2018 8:57am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments