digitech_studio_schoolDigitech Studio SchooL Bristol is to open in Warmley in Bristol in September and is inviting prospective pupils to apply for places.

Run by the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) the school will cater for up to 360 students aged 14-19 and will be the first in the south west to specialise in creative, digital and high-tech industries.

The school will offer mainstream qualifications such as GCSE’s and A-levels as well as professional and vocational qualifications, delivered through a combination of project-based learning and work placements.

Business links

The CLF are already forging links with local businesses with around 25 companies, including the Bristol Games Hub, Bristol Media and the Bath and Bristol Science Park, already pledging support for the new school.

Martina Veale, Principal Designate of Digitech Studio School Bristol (pictured above), said: “We are delighted to be opening a Studio School in Bristol, particularly one which specialises in an industry so important to the regional economy.”

“Schools like Digitech Studio School Bristol offer students a unique opportunity to integrate learning with work based application”


“Our partnership with local industry plays a vital role in this, not only now as we plan our curriculum but on an ongoing basis. The initial response from local businesses has been extremely positive and we are looking forward to working more closely with a wide range of industry partners over the coming months and years.”

High tech and digital growth

The high tech, digital and creative industries are growing rapidly throughout the south west with a recent Mckinsey report lauding it as the best in the country outside of London.

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CLF, CEO SteveTaylor (also pictured above) said “The high concentration of specialist technology firms in the area plus the fact that we are home to two prestigious universities means that the city already has a strong track record of generating its own highly skilled and educated workforce.”

“The scope for growth within the high-tech and creative industries is huge and we need to ensure the region is in a position to take advantage of this”


“The scope for growth within the high-tech and creative industries is huge and we need to ensure that Bristol, and the rest of the region is in a position to take advantage of this. Part of that process will be ensuring that the next generation are poised and ready to begin work.”

Student focus

The small size of the school and an emphasis on developing individual students through one-to-one coaching allows the delivery of a highly personalised experience.

The aim being to equip students with the knowledge and experience required to more easily transition into the workplace whilst also combatting the on-going skills gap facing many industries across the UK.

The Digitech Studio School Bristol will be based in Warmley and will offer access to the latest technology and equipment to pupils from across Bristol. It will be funded by the Department of Education and has an open admissions policy welcoming any pupil aged 14-19. To find out more the school or apply for a place you can email the Digitech Studio School here.

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Geraint Evans