Studio@Deyes School

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost to the public purse was of opening Studio@Deyes school in Liverpool in September 2016.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department provides capital funding for the acquisition of sites/land and construction of free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools, and provides project development grants to proposers to cover essential non-capital costs prior to each school opening.

Figures for Studio@Deyes school are set out below and are published online on GOV.UK.

Type of Funding


Capital Funding (site acquisition and construction)


Project Development Grant

£504,000 (covering 25 months)



On 31 January 2019, following discussions with Lydiate Learning Trust, the department agreed to the in-principle closure of Studio@Deyes in August 2020 subject to a listening period. Where a school closes the department and LocatED will always aim to recover assets and identify alternative educational uses for sites. If this is not possible, the department retains the option to sell the site for a commercial return.

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