Studio Schools

Education written question – answered on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) how many studio colleges that have fallen behind or failed to meet their student recruitment numbers have been given an extension of time to make further progress to achieve the numbers of students set out in their funding agreements; and what the average additional time given to those colleges to recruit enough students to fulfil funding agreement criteria was;

(2) how many studio colleges have fallen behind or failed to meet the levels of student recruitment required for them to meet the terms of their funding agreements;

(3) how many studio colleges have fulfilled the terms of their funding agreements for student recruitment targets.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Post-opening student recruitment targets are only included in funding agreements for studio schools where there has been concern about potential pupil recruitment prior to the school opening.

Five studio schools have specific termination clauses relating to post-opening student recruitment targets in their funding agreements. One school closed on 31 August 2013 and another is due to close on 31 August 2014 because they did not fulfil the funding agreement criteria in respect of the pupil recruitment target. Neither school was given an extension of time to meet the target. The other three schools have not yet reached the deadlines for their pupil recruitment targets.

The majority of studio schools opening in September 2013 and all those due to open in September 2014 have pre-opening targets for student recruitment included in their funding agreements to ensure that the schools will be financially viable upon opening.

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