Studio Schools aim to teach 14-19 year olds through enterprise projects and real work. Employers have repeatedly identified skills based education as a key focus for the current education system. The Studio School approach ensures student learning is rooted in the real world and helps them develop the skills they need to flourish in life and work. The schools have around 300 students and operate all year round, with a nine to five work day to simulate a working environment. Working closely with local employers, Studio Schools offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications, including GCSEs in English, Maths and Science, as well as paid work placements linked directly to employment opportunities in the local area.
The Duke became Patron of the Studio Schools Trust in 2013 and supports the Studio School movement in its ambition to create more employment focused education options for those young people.