21/04/2021

Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC to pause student recruitment

Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC to pause student recruitment

The Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC has announced that it will not be accepting students for the start of the next academic year while the Governors review options for the UTC’s future.

Andrew Christie, the Chair of Governors, said: “The school has not attracted the level of interest that we had hoped from students looking at different options for their studies. As a consequence, we are working with the Department for Education (DfE) to identify a way forward.

“The Governors are incredibly mindful that our current and future students have already had to deal with a significant amount of uncertainty caused by the pandemic. It would be wrong for us to cause further disruption by welcoming more students while our options for the future are under review.

“That is why we have made the difficult, but pragmatic, decision to stop student recruitment while the UTC’s future is decided.”

The DfE has confirmed that the UTC will continue to operate for current Years 10 and 12 next year, and the UTC has already put into place support for any student who is now uncertain as to where they will study next year.

Mr Christie added: “Whatever the outcome of our discussions, this does not mean the end of technical education being offered on our fantastic site. Discussions are underway with another technical education college and they have indicated that they may be interested in moving to the UTC building. Talks are at a very early stage.

“I would like to say a particular thank you to our staff. Despite the personal uncertainty that they are facing, they have been incredible in their response. Our focus now has to be on ensuring that every student gets the appropriate guidance to reflect on their next steps, and, for those students who are staying with us for another academic year, that we provide the best possible education for them.”

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