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Manchester Creative Studio to close at the end of the academic year

The Trust Board responsible for Manchester Creative Studio today announced that the school will be closing at the end of the academic year.

Manchester Creative Studio (MCS), based in Ancoats, currently educates close to 40 students between the ages of 14-19 and focuses on subjects relating to the digital and creative industries.

During a very difficult 2017, which saw the school placed into Special Measures and face some significant financial challenges, a new Trust Board was brought in to help stabilise MCS. In December, a listening period to help determine the school’s future was launched.

Martin Shevill, Chair of the new Trust Board, said the sum of all the challenges meant that closure became the only viable option for the school.

“While a great deal has been done to support and improve MCS over the last few months, the level of assistance that is needed over a longer period is not realistic or viable. That is ultimately why the Department for Education, with the agreement of the Trust Board, has concluded that it is right for the school to close.”

As all students at the school are due to finish their GCSEs or Level 3 qualifications at the end of the academic year, Mr Shevill stressed that the impact on the young people would be reduced.

“It is right that we acknowledge the school’s staff and the excellent support that has been received from the Laurus Trust. All concerned will continue to ensure that the students who are at the school get the best possible education for the remainder of their studies.”

The 14 staff who are employed at MCS have been told about the decision to close and support is being made available to them.

Mr Shevill added that the Trust Board would also continue to meet after the school has closed to assist the Department for Education as decisions about the future of MCS’ buildings and assets are made.