Welcome to The Studio at Knutsford Academy
The Studio at Knutsford Academy is designed to address the needs of students of all abilities. It meets the dual purpose of ensuring its ‘graduates’ gain a range of qualifications in rigorous academic subjects while simultaneously acquiring the skills required for gaining employment and succeeding in chosen careers.
What The Studio will offer in Key Stage 4 - additional to academic GCSEs in English, maths and sciences – is demanding programmes relating to 5 differing employment pathways:
- design-based industries
- the broadcast media
- sport and leisure
- careers in the performing arts
In all these pathways there is a focus on the application of digital technologies, reflecting local and national labour market demand. Courses are accredited through national qualifications such as GCSE or BTEC and also industry-standard training certification such as Microsoft Office or Technician awards, the latter being delivered in partnership with leading national companies such as Deloitte, Barclays Bank and Microsoft. In the Sixth Form there will be a similar mix of A Level, BTEC and industry - standard choices.
Students following The Studio pathway will be admirably qualified to move at 16 into the Sixth Form, into Further Education or into employment with training. After the Sixth Form they will be in an excellent position to enter Universities or gain high-quality apprenticeships, an employment route which is growing significantly. Those completing Studio courses will be markedly better placed than most of their peers locally and nationally to gain apprenticeships with leading providers as they will have developed additional skills valued by employers. It is interesting that the government is intent on overseeing the development of apprenticeships as a route into all areas, including the higher professions such as accountancy and law.
New Studio School buildings make it possible to deliver programmes effectively. These includes state-of-the-art ICT suites for all employment pathways and industry-standard training space.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The Studio at Knutsford Academy directly.