About Us


Studio West offers a vibrant learning experience combining GCSEs, A Levels and occupational qualifications. We believe in inspiring our students to be 'the best they can be' so that they reach their potential academically and also develop the social skills and personal qualities, which are so vital for their future life and career.

Immersing students in real-life, hands-on projects, is an extremely efficient and engaging way of learning. Through this method, students not only pick up core skills, such as Maths, English and Science, but also learn and practice the softer, but equally important, skills employers are looking for – such as independent thought, responsibility, team work and communication skills. By working in this way and collaborating with real companies, we have created an environment which nurtures well-rounded, mature and confident individuals, who leave us fully ready for the workplace.

What is special about the approach to learning at Studio West?


"A small school making a big difference"

Studio West offers a dynamic approach to learning, preparing young people with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to succeed in life. Education is taken out of the classroom, with students learning in the real world through working in teams on projects designed to reflect real-life situations. Through weekly work placements, they develop the employability skills needed to succeed in life and work.

Studio West offers students a new and inspiring approach to learning, which includes teaching through enterprise projects and work. This approach ensures students' learning is rooted in the real world, helping them to develop the critical thinking, creative and life skills they need to flourish. We have built a strong reputation for employment creation and the development of young entrepreneurs, whilst becoming an exemplary springboard for new business ventures in the local economy.

Our approach to learning is based on the national Studio School model, providing a learning experience unlike any other. Studio Schools are a new type of state school model, designed to equip young people with the academic grounding, knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed in life and work.

How is Student's Learning Connected to the Real World of Work?


Studio West does not feel like a school. It feels more like starting on your dream career! But like your dream employer we demand high standards and total commitment.

This business and education collaboration within Studio West greatly enriches the learning experience of the students by providing a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and opportunities beyond the classroom, for easier access to a range of businesses and resources, and for building lasting relationships. Bringing on board local employers ensures that the Studio West curriculum is relevant to developing our students' employability skills and ensuring that these fit with local business needs.

We have high expectations of our students’ behaviour, attitudes to work and dress. We expect them to behave in a way which reflects the professional approach to learning and the working environment they regularly visit.

What is The Uniform?

Students wear the new Studio West uniform from day one. It is designed to look and feel right, both in school and the work-place. The smart business-style jacket, with discreet Studio West logo and school colour shirt is worn with black trousers or skirt and sensible black shoes.


Uniform can be purchased at Top Class Uniform, Blakelaw.

Financial support is available where required for students of all ages.

Busiess dress reminder fo KS4 students. Students are expected to wear business dress at all times when in Studio West or when representing the school elsewhere.

How big is it?

Studio West is big and small!

Studio West has all the best features of a small school – a safe environment where every student is known well and nobody slips through the net. Your child’s personal tutor will guide their progress in all they do and keep in touch with you.

Class sizes…more focus

Students are part of a small, supportive and personalised learning environment. We currently have approximately 400 students in attendance, which we expect to rise to just over 600 in the coming years.

But we aren't missing out on the large school advantages either, because our links with Kenton School provide high quality technical backup and professional services and, even more importantly, expert specialist teaching to match your child’s special interests and talents.