The Department for Education (DfE) has approved applications for 15 more studio schools to open in 2013 and 2014, adding to the six already in existence.
Companies such as Hilton Hotels, Ikea and Michelin are among those backing the new schools, which offer academic and vocational qualifications to pupils aged 14 to 19.
Education secretary Michael Gove said studio schools teach a “rigorous academic and vocational curriculum” in a practical way. “They equip young people with the qualifications and skills to help companies prosper, and offer paid work experience,” he added.
The 15 schools approved include the Stoke Studio College, a manufacturing and engineering college working with several employers including Michelin, Goodwins International and Tier. The Kajan Hospitality and Catering Studio in Birmingham, meanwhile, will specialise in culinary skills, with backing from Aston Villa FC.
A total of 12 studio schools are yet to open but are already approved, backed by employers including BBC, Fulham FC and Disney.
The first two studio schools opened in September 2010 in Luton and Huddersfield.