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Digitech Studio School Bristol

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The first of its kind in the South West, Digitech Studio School Bristol is a new school for 14 to 19 year olds specialising in digital, high tech and creative sectors - an important growth area for skills development and meeting employers' needs.

Part of the Cabot Learning Federation and based at Tower Road North, Digitech is free to attend and funded by the Department of Education.

Studio Schools seek to address the growing gap between the skills and knowledge that young people require to succeed, and those that the current education system provides. They pioneer a bold new approach to schooling, which includes project based learning and paid work placements. This approach ensures students' are ready for the real world, are employable, and will excel in their working careers.

Studio Schools are small schools of around 300 students aged 14-19 of all abilities. They aim to help students to develop the skills that they need to flourish in life and employment. Studio Schools have a longer school day, so they feel more like a workplace than a school. They use a new approach to learning, developing a curriculum with local employers, which includes learning through projects and real work. They offer a range of qualifications including GCSEs and A Levels, as well as work placements that lead students to opportunities to go on to university, further training, and employment.

Personal coaches will be assigned to each student to help them to structure their learning, assess their progress, and support them through the projects and CREATE framework skills. A rich and diverse programme of extra curricula activities will be offered to help to develop leadership and team working skills, which may include Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise Project, Coding Club, Philosophy, sports and fitness, and films.

At Digitech Studio School Bristol our aim is to inspire and develop the next generation of enterprising young people - ensuring they have the required skills to enter the paid workforce once they have completed their schooling.

Small class sizes and a low teacher to student ratio mean that learning is individual and focused on key strengths and abilities. A range of local and national employers - the people who will be looking to employ students in the future - support Digitech and the concept of Studio Schools.

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