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Overview & History


Opened September 2012 and moved into the state of the art LeAF Studio building in September 2013. Home to LeAF Stage & Screen and LeAF Athlete Academy. LeAF Studio joined Ambitions Academies Trust in September 2017.

We are recognised by Ofsted as a GOOD school.

Based in Bournemouth we provide a bespoke education for 13-19 year olds, combining core curriculum with vocational studies.

LeAF Studio is about looking at each student as an individual, creating a personalised learning programme which takes into account individual needs and interests and what motivates the student to gain relevant qualifications and skills.

LeAF Studio’s unique approach is designed to maximise future employment opportunities and get students ready for university, an athletic career, performing arts or the world of work!

Students will graduate from the LeAF Studio with:

  • Good academic qualifications;
  • Vocationally specific learning;
  • Relevant sector specific skills and experience in an industry of individual interest;
  • Confidence to apply their learning in a work place setting;
  • Ambition to be successful in their chosen career field;
  • Clear direct on how to fulfil their career ambitions

What is a Studio School

Studio Schools are a new concept in education. They offer a pioneering approach to learning which includes teaching through enterprise and real work experience. It has been recognised that there can sometimes be a gap between the knowledge and experience a young person gains in the current school system and that which they will need to flourish and thrive when they finish their compulsory education and progress into a job or further/higher education.

The culture of the LeAF Studio will help bridge this gap and seem more like a workplace than a school, and with the help of local employers students will gain as much work-related experience as possible.

At the heart of the Studio Schools model are seven essential elements:

These are:

  • Employability and enterprise skills
  • Key qualifications
  • Personalised curriculum
  • Practical learning
  • Real work
  • Small schools
  • Students of all abilities

These are the key ingredients that will help young people develop relevant skills, experiences and qualifications.