Space studio school opens its doors in Banbury

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A school aimed at pupils who want to work in the space industry is due to open its doors in Oxfordshire. Space Studio Banbury will receive its first intake of 75 teenage students, who will study a curriculum based around space, science and maths.

It is one of the government’s “studio schools”, which mix academic studies with work-based training. Principal Mike Grocott described the venture as “a small school with big aspirations.” The school, which is non-selective, is based on the Banbury Academy Campus and will be run by the Aspirations Academy Trust.

It will eventually take 300 pupils aged 14 to 18 and it is intended to prepare students for careers in space-related industries. Some aspects of the curriculum will be developed by staff from the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency and the National Space Academy programme. Students will also attend a weekly work placement.

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