HCUK TRUST STATEMENT:
Since the opening of Hull Studio School in 2012 there has been significant change in the availability of high quality education provision for 14-16 year olds in Hull. As a result of these developments and the high proportion of surplus places in the area, the school has struggled to recruit the number of students necessary to secure its viability. Due to this, it is with regret that the Directors of the HCUK Trust have notified the Secretary of State for Education that the Trust wishes to terminate the agreement to run the studio school and that the school should be closed at the end of August 2014.
It is clear that the increased competition across the City, coupled with the demographic downturn in the number of young people has affected student numbers and the long term sustainability of the school.
The Trust has begun the process of liaising with key stakeholders, including the Local Authority and we will work with the Hull Studio School students and parents/carers to ensure that all students are fully supported to achieve their outcomes.
Chair of the HCUK Trust, Gary Warke, said:
- The Board is committed to ensuring that each young person who is currently a Studio School student is supported to secure an appropriate destination to continue their learning.
- I would like to extend my thanks to the staff and community for supporting the school during this time and ensuring our pupils’ education remains of paramount importance through this transition period.
Over the coming weeks and months the Trust will be working with the Department for Education, the Local Authority and all key partners to prioritise support for students in securing appropriate options to complete their studies and continue their learning.
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