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Welcome to Dorset Studio School


This school is ideally suited to young people who are passionate about and committed to developing the skills and qualifications required for careers in land and countryside management, animal conservation and welfare, outdoor activities, agriculture and food & horticulture.

About us

The Dorset Studio School opened in September 2014, welcoming students to a brand new specialist school designed to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and experience they require to succeed in work.

Dorset Studio School offers this new concept in education, where 13–19 year olds can benefit from a different model of learning that captures and channels potential to the highest levels. Dorset Studio School is an Academy and part of a national network of similar schools supported by the Studio Schools Trust.

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Located in Dorchester, in the heart of Dorset, the Studio School will specialise in environment and land-based sciences. It will explore how the land works to deliver educational excellence and opportunity by making the most of our rich natural resources while responding to employer and wider community needs.

Students will experience an exciting and vibrant learning environment that encourages and develops independent thought, self-discipline, motivation and confidence, devoted to the rounded education and future of young people who are interested in a career in countryside, rural and coastal environments.

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What are the advantages of a student going to a Studio School?

It allows a student to study a subject they are interested in which is taught in industry standard facilities by teachers with real life practical experience. By 16, their skills are far in advance of those students in a standard comprehensive school and they have more enthusiastic engagement with their academic studies, which leads to greater achievement in this area.

Learner success

Gifted and Talented

The Dorset Studio School  is committed to personalising the learning of all students, and believes that every student needs to be challenged and encouraged to develop to their full potential. . A Dorset Studio School policy for Gited and Talented is under development and when available this will be posted on the Key Documents and Policies page of this website.

SEN – Special educational needs and disabilities

The Studio School is fully inclusive and aims to provide pupils with strategies for dealing with any specific needs in a supportive environment. A Dorset Studio School policy for Special Educational Needs is under development and when available this will be posted on the Key Documents and Policies page of this website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Dorset Studio School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2015
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