Year 9 Consultation
Derby Manufacturing UTC (DMUTC) is about to join the Sheffield UTC Multi-Academy Trust as part of a renewal of its vision, strategy and operation following Ofsted inspection in May 2018. This will entail a relaunch of DMUTC in November 2019 pending final sign off of the legal agreements.
The Sheffield UTC Multi-Academy Trust is at the forefront of UTC developments across England, with two UTCs graded Ofsted ‘Good’. The first was opened in 2013, one of the earliest UTCs to open in the country, offering two technical specialisms, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing and Creative Digital Media. The second opened in September 2016 offering Computing, Health Sciences and Sports Science. Further information about UTC Sheffield can be found on the website at: http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk. Both Sheffield UTCs offer Year 9 places.
As part of the planned relaunch, it is proposed that DMUTC will extend provision to Year 9 students and will also change Published Admission Numbers (PAN) for Year 10 and Year 12 from September 2020. Both of these represent significant developments and require evidence of support from all those who might benefit. We therefore ran a statutory consultation for six weeks from Monday 9th September to Sunday 20th October inclusive. A survey was set up running online and available for download. A consultation briefing document was created to provide full details for consideration, including a copy of the survey - see below:
A full range of stakeholders was consulted through letters, emails and face-to-face meetings, as well as promoting the consultation to the general public through social media and events.
- Most respondents (71.43%) were in favour of the UTC Academy Trust proceeding to admit Year 9 students.
- Most respondents (78.57%) thought it would benefit students to start technical and employer-based learning earlier in Year 9, alongside other core subjects.
- Most respondents (57.14%) felt transport would not be an issue for a younger cohort; however some (28.57%) did think it would be an issue. Transport access to the UTC is very straightforward and this will be re-emphasised in the recruitment plan.
- Most respondents (76.92%) agreed with the change in Published Admissions Numbers.
- There was a query about choices for GCSEs and an opportunity at KS4 to understand the different types of Engineering available. For Year 9 the UTC curriculum will change to align with the year 9 curriculum delivery in Sheffield this allocates at least 50% of teaching time to the STEM suite of subjects, which includes maths, science, design technology, computing and digital skills. For Engineering pupils will have the opportunity to study three GCSE equivalent Cambridge National in Engineering Manufacture, Engineering Design and Systems and Control Electronics.
- There was a comment about an increase in the PAN at the UTC creating issues for other schools. The overall PAN for the UTC will not increase; whilst increasing the number of year groups the reduction in the size of each year group will compensate to keep the total number of students to a maximum of 600 places.
The consultation has demonstrated that the proposal for a Year 9 intake and changes to Published Admission Numbers has support and has not attracted widespread concern.
If you are interested in a Year 9 place, you can register your interest now and we will be in touch when the final decision has been taken regarding admitting Year 9 students. To register interest, please use one of the options below: