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Sir Frank Whittle Studio School Awarded Grant For Innovation

Independent education charity, the Edge Foundation has announced today that Sir Frank Whittle Studio School has been selected as one of the recipients of a grant from the Edge Innovation and Development Fund.

The grant fund was established in the year of Edge’s 10th anniversary to support innovation in technical, practical and vocational education.

Sir Frank Whittle Studio School has been awarded £52,787 to go towards the creation of a specialist logistics centre within the Studio School. Sir Frank Whittle will open in September 2014 and follows the Studio School model of profound employer engagement via project briefs and work experience. As well as benefitting its own 300 students, the specialist centre will be accessible to other local schools.

Jan Hodges OBE, CEO, the Edge Foundation said:

“The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School will be a beacon for technical, practical and vocational learning and the logistics centre will play a big part in this. We are delighted to be able to support Sir Frank Whittle Studio School as they embark on this new venture.

Edge has worked hard over the past decade to realign the education our schools provide with the demands of the economy. The grant fund has allowed us to reach out across the country so that Sir Frank Whittle Studio School, and the other grant recipients, can help this unfold at a local level, demonstrating there are many paths to success.”

Sir Frank Whittle Studio School  grant has been awarded in the first round of applications. Second round applications have now closed and successful bids will be announced by the end of the year.

Lynn Pallett, Director of Development, Lutterworth College said:

This grant from the Edge Foundation will really help boost the opportunities for many young people in Lutterworth. The Studio School model offers a more holistic approach to education which provides students with real work experience and employer links, giving them a foot up the career ladder when they leave.”

All applications to the grant fund must support Edge's Six Steps for Change and address at least two of the following three aims:

  • Support the creation of new institutions
  • Support the development of profound employer engagement
  • Address areas of skills shortages for the UK economy

Additionally all projects will support effective dissemination of best practice and be able to support further development or replication.

For more information about the Edge Innovation and Development Fund visit http://www.edge.co.uk/projects/the-edge-foundation-innovation-and-development-fund

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