WARRINGTON’S Future Tech Studio School WILL close at the end of the academic school year at the end of August due to low pupil numbers.
The Warrington Collegiate Education Trust has announced, with regret, that the Future Tech Studio School will close on 31 August 2017.
Unfortunately, pupil numbers at the school are low, which means the school is not financially viable in the longer-term.
Nichola Newton, principal and CEO of the Trust said:“The decision to close the school has been taken only after extensive discussion with the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency to explore all available options”.
“Our priority is to ensure the wellbeing and highest standard of education possible for our pupils over the remainder of the academic year. Pupils in year 10, and their parents, will receive tailored advice, guidance and support to find alternative places to complete their studies from September 2017.
“We will continue to support pupils in Year 11 and Year 13 to plan their next steps.”
Disappointed parents have launched a petition for the school to remain open.
The Future Tech Studio opened in September 2014, sponsored by Warrington Collegiate Education Trust – but student numbers have been impacted since the opening of the nearby University Technical College.
The Future Tech Studio offers a range of courses in Design Engineering, IT and Telecommunications and Business Management for students aged 14-19.
The aim is to give an innovative approach to learning for 14-19 year olds across four sector pathways, with the aim to foster the principles of the Studio School model through the use of futuristic technology and an exciting and engaging curriculum that students can thrive on both in the classroom and workplace.