The government has spent more than £23 million on studio schools that have either closed or never opened but the price tag total won’t be known until the much-delayed publication of its final costs.
Twenty-six studio schools have closed or announced plans to close since the scheme was introduced in 2010. In the past week alone, two schools in Stoke-on-Trent and one in East Sussex announced their imminent end.
The small, vocationally-focused 14-to-19 institutions struggled to survive due to low pupil numbers and poor Ofsted ratings, and just 29 still exist with no plans to close. Another four that made it to the late planning stages never opened.