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New Logistics Education Centre

Thursday 26th February saw the unveiling of the Logistics Education Centre at the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School.

Staff, students and governors of the school were joined by Asda Logistics Services, CEVA Logistics, Core Management Logistics, Transline, Disney Store European Distribution Centre, Culina Logistics as well as Philip Toye - Mayor of Lutterworth and the The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan MP.

The Logistics Education Centre was set up as a direct result of a grant received from The Edge Innovation and Development Fund. Sir Frank Whittle Studio School, which opened its doors in September 2014, was awarded £52,787 from the Edge Foundation towards the creation of a specialist Logistics Education Centre. The school follows the Studio School model of extensive employer engagement via project briefs and work experience and for students to be immersed in a real working environment.

Head of the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School, Paul Hostead commented “Our plan is to create a pioneering, specialist Logistics Centre which will be a unique feature not replicated by any other school in the UK and which will serve as a learning centre for other schools in the area. It’s a really exciting opportunity for our students”

The event was an opportunity for Year 10 students to give a fascinating insight into their logistics related work placements to date and one enlightened the audience on the recent trip to the CEVA Center for Logistics Excellence in Ashby de La Zouch.

Jane Samuels, Project and Operations Manager, the Edge Foundation said:
"I was delighted to attend the unveiling of the Logistic Centre within the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School and very pleased that we were able to support The Lutterworth Academies Trust 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.  We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing the Studio School model of profound employer engagement grow and develop." 

One of the aims of the launch event was to seek support from key logistics companies in the area and encourage our younger students to think of logistics as a career and to come to the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School to achieve their ambitions.  The School also aims to build up a network of industrial logistics partners who are willing to lend their support by offering work placements, site visits, mock interviews, careers guidance and resource advice.


At the launch (L-R); Teacher Victoria Kitchen, Student Kyle Barham, Head Girl Amy Betteridge, Headteacher Paul Hostead and Developer of Business Links Alison Cant