STUDIO Schools have been set up by the Government to bridge a yawning gap.

They wanted a new system to equip young people with the practical skills to succeed in today’s world.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “Studio Schools pioneer a bold new approach to learning which includes teaching through enterprise projects and real work.

“This approach ensures students’ learning in is rooted in the real world and helps them to develop the skills they need to flourish in life.”

They cater for 14-19 year olds of all abilities. They are small schools for 300 students; and with year-round opening and a 9-5 working day, they feel more like a workplace than a school.

Studio Schools will 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 Rawthorpe Studio School is financed by Kirklees Council.

A Government grant of £4.3m will fund the new build, scheduled to start in January.

Once the new building is up and running, businesses will be based at the school and the intention is for the students to form businesses which will generate income.