The Department for Education has announced 13 new vocational studio schools will open in 2014

New vocational schools to open in 2014

More than a dozen new schools specialising in industries like engineering and environmental studies will open from next year.

The Department for Education (DfE) made the announcement today saying it has approved 13 new studio schools to open from September 2014.

Studio schools cater to 14 to 19-year-olds, with pupils taking key GCSEs such as English and maths and vocational qualifications as well as taking part in work experience.

Around 4,000 teenagers are expected to attend the new schools, which have been backed by employers such as Barclays, the National Trust, the RSPCA and the UK Space Agency, the DfE said.

Space Studio Banbury in Oxfordshire, is to focus on space, science and maths, and a second,The Sir Frank Whittle Studio College in Leicestershire, will specialise in engineering, retail and logistics and hospitality and leisure.

Schools Minister Lord Nash said: "More employers are getting involved in studio schools, demonstrating their commitment to preparing young people - who will be their future employees - for the world of work.

One of the new schools, Dorset Studio School in Dorchester, will focus on environmental and land-based studies and is backed by groups including the National Trust, the RSPCA and the Royal Veterinary College.

Lord Nash said: "It is crucial for young people to have the skills and experience vital to employers, both for their own prosperity and to help us compete in the global race."

There are already 16 studio schools open, with a further 15 preparing to open.

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