Salisbury's South Wiltshire UTC CLOSING

Salisbury's South Wiltshire UTC CLOSING

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 4:17pm 16th July 2019. (Updated at 11:29am 17th July 2019)

The university technical college say it's no longer viable to continue in the city.

The UTC opened in September 2015 on Wilton Road in the old Police Station after an £8m for refurbishment.

The Board of Governors along with the Department for Education have now made the decision to close in August 2020.

A statement released by the school said:

"As a result of continued low demand for places at South Wiltshire UTC, making it no longer financially viable to continue.

"The Board of Governors with the Department for Education, have had no option but to take the difficult decision in principle to close the UTC in August 2020.

"At what is an extremely difficult time for our staff, students and prospective students, our focus will now be on ensuring the students remaining with us in Years 11 and 13 successfully complete their planned two year courses."

South Wiltshire UTC Entrance April 2018
The UTC opened in September 2015

The UTC say they have informed all students due to enrol in September 2019 as well as current pupils.

They also say that they will support all pupils to find alternative places.

Principal Joe Mulligan said:

"We will work hard to ensure that the students who will remain at the UTC in 2019/2020 will receive the best possible education and will provide a rich curriculum around our specialism, including continuing to work with our employer and university partners.

"We have always strived to provide the best possible education for our learners and I would like to thank all who have been part of the South Wiltshire UTC community, for all their support over the years."

The UTC, which caters for 14 to 19 year olds, has a capacity for 600 students but currently has around 120 on its role.

At its latest full inspection report by Ofsted in April 2018 it was rated inadequate and placed in special measures.

In May of this year a monitoring inspection found leaders and managers were "taking effective action towards the removal of special measures."

REACTION:

The Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce which has been working with the UTC through the Schools Challenge says it "feels very sorry" for the students there.

With an influx of military coming to the county over the next few months it has also expressed concern at losing the facility,

"With the Army rebasing likely to bring 4000 additional people into South Wiltshire, many with children and spouses looking for education and employment opportunities , this could not be at a worse time and again demonstrates the lack of local input, leadership and delegation when this project was conceived and hit hard times.”

VIEWS:

A four-week listening period is now open for interested parties to provide views on the closure process.

Any comments should be submitted to this email address: views@wiltshire-utc.co.uk

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