UTC Portsmouth has allocated its first places for Year 10 and its sixth form provision seven months before the new employer driven college will open.
Portsmouth City Council's Schools Admissions Service informed parents of students who have been allocated a place for UTC Portsmouth's Year 10 entry (aged 14) and Principal Ciaran O'Dowda emailed parents of students who have been allocated a place for the UTC's Year 12 entry (aged 16).
It follows the news that Portsmouth's University Technical College (UTC) is heavily over-subscribed for Year 10 entry, one of only two University Technical College's in the country to do so. By 31st October 2016, the Year 10 application deadline, the UTC had received 122 applications for the 75 places available - with late applications still being processed. That meant UTC Portsmouth applied its over-subscription criteria, which is part of the college’s admissions policy as set out on the website.
A Parent Information Evening has already been held for students who received a Year 10 offer. A 300 seated lecture theatre was filled with families who will be part of the future community of UTC Portsmouth. Mr O'Dowda said: "It was great to meet with Year 9 students and their parents recently during an evening following offer of places in Year 10 for September 2017."
UTC Portsmouth is also excited to announce that Year 12 entry is over-subscribed compared to the initial recruitment target numbers. Applications will remain open for Year 12 entry until further notice as the UTC wishes to offer all young people in the Portsmouth and Solent region the opportunity to study at an employer driven college with first-class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) facilities and specialist teachers. If you wish to apply and reserve a place for Year 12 entry, please click here. Mr O'Dowda said: "Applications for our sixth form provision have already exceeded our expectations with the vast majority of applicants naming UTC Portsmouth as their first choice."
Principal Ciaran O'Dowda is also delighted to announce that the Department of Education have recently acknowledged the great contribution UTC Portsmouth will make to the community and the lives of young people by allocating even more funding to spend on learning resources and equipment.
UTC Portsmouth is a brand new type of college for 14-19 year olds who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. It will specialise in electrical & mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing. UTC Portsmouth is unique due to its employer driven ethos, being at the core of the curriculum and college environment.