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Views sought on new type of school

Univerity technical college portsmouth

The then-Minister for Portsmouth Matthew Hancock with Calum Radcliffe, team leader of the Formula Student team at University of Portsmouth, on the day the University Technical College for Portsmouth was announced

People are being invited to have their say about the new University Technical College (UTC) at a series of events around Portsmouth.

Led by University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy and Portsmouth City Council, the UTC will open in September 2017. Students aged between 14 and 19 (years 10-13) will have the opportunity to study ‘hands-on’ technical subjects alongside a traditional academic education.

The UTC aims to increase the number of young people with the skills to become future engineers.

The public consultation period runs from Monday, September 7, 2015 until Monday, October 19, 2015.

There will be the opportunity to meet members of the UTC board at the following drop-in events:

 

Date Time Location
Wednesday 9 September 1830-2030 Trafalgar School (formerly City Boys), London Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9RJ.
Friday 18 September 1600-1800 Hollybank Room, Havant Borough Council, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX.
Thursday 1 October 1830-2030 University of Portsmouth, Portland Atrium, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.
Wednesday 7 October 1600-1800 HMS Collingwood Sports Pavilion, Newgate Lane, Fareham, PO14 1AS

 

The plans and an online survey about the UTC are available on the website – www.utcportsmouth.org

University of Portsmouth Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) Professor Paul Hayes said: “The UTC promises to provide lots of opportunities for young people in our region. The public consultations provide a chance to come along and speak to the UTC board. The website allows people to really get to know what we are planning for this exciting new type of school. I would encourage everyone to attend an event if they can or visit the website.”

Portsmouth’s UTC will specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering, and advanced manufacturing. It is anticipated that around 75 year 10 students and 100 year 12 students will enrol in the first year. The project has significant support from the Salterns Academy Trust, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Land Rover BAR, and Young Engineers.

David Williams, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council, said: “Portsmouth’s UTC will provide exciting opportunities for young people from across the area. They’ll be able to study first-rate engineering courses and train to become the next generation of skilled engineers – a vital part of our city and region’s economy and growth. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the UTC and what it has to offer. I look forward to welcoming you at one of the forthcoming events.”

Trafalgar School is the proposed shared site for the UTC which will operate separately to the current school.

UTCs are government funded schools that offer 14-19 year olds (years 10-13) the opportunity to specialise in technical education alongside general education.

There are currently 30 UTCs across the country and by 2016, more than 55 will be in operation. They teach technical and scientific subjects in a new way and aim to educate the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow. The colleges promote a more integrated approach to practical and academic learning and a distinguishing feature is the involvement of employers in the delivery of the curriculum, especially through mentoring, work placements, support for teachers and project opportunities for pupils.

Captain Andrew Cree, Royal Navy and project champion for UTC Portsmouth, said: “We are delighted to be so actively involved in the development and continued support of this new school. UTC Portsmouth offers an exciting opportunity to inspire young people interested in a broad range of future careers in engineering and advanced manufacturing. Through the commitment of the Royal Navy and our other partners, we expect that UTC Portsmouth’s students will benefit the technical job growth and wealth creation in the region, but also much wider as they contribute to growth in the engineering and scientific sector across the country.”

Lieutenant Commander Fiona Haynes, Royal Navy, project manager for UTC Portsmouth said: “This consultation comes at an exciting time for the project, we have just completed a 12 week process confirming the suitability of our site in Hilsea and are about to advertise for our new Principal. It has been fantastic working with such a diverse range of organisations. We are looking forward to hearing the views of the public to help shape the future of UTC Portsmouth, as we refine the building design and curriculum offer.”

The bid was approved by the Department for Education in March 2015.

 

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