A new University Technical College has sent a message to pupils and their parents across Bridlington to come aboard.
The new site on Weaponness in Scarborough will open in the September and a number of teenagers have already decided to switch from their current school at the end of the 2016 school year.
In a direct letter, principal Tim Englefield invites parents and pupils to look at what the new build will offer in terms of practical and technical courses and career-based teaching, in addition to the normal school curriculum. He said: “In September 2016 a brand new University Technical College for 14 – 18 year old students is opening with a specialism in Advanced Engineering.
“Scarborough University Technical College is funded by the Department for Education so is open to all aged 14-18.
“Scarborough UTC will be part of a £47 million development combining Coventry University and a sports village which will create an outstanding educational and recreational campus in the heart of Scarborough with great transport links.
“Scarborough UTC is being sponsored by many of our local employers and companies in the area along with Hull University and we have worked closely with them to ensure that our curriculum will not only cover the standard school GCSEs curriculum for 14-16 year olds, but much more.
“The UTC is part of a national programme and is a proven way to deliver well rounded, motivated, inspired and business ready young adults.
“To date 97 per cent of graduates leaving a UTC have gone directly in to employment, University or further training. As you may be aware, GCHQ Scarborough is moving towards a period of major expansion and job creation.
“The UTC is a formal partner with GCHQ and will be establishing a ‘Cyber Suite’ which will teach computer science including computer coding.
“Our major sponsors are mentioned at the end of this letter and all of them will be looking to recruit from the UTC.
“There are three different engineering pathways, Engineering Design, Engineering manufacturing and Electronics and Control Systems.
“For year 10s these will be taught alongside the national curriculum. These pathways have been endorsed by local companies and the Royal Navy, who I’m proud to say are officially affiliated with Scarborough UTC.
“For learners who have completed their GCSEs (aged 16) a programme of study is offered with one of more of the engineering pathways at the heart of the programme which is enhanced with A levels including maths and also a specialist project qualification.
“To ensure learners study to current industry standard the UTC will be equipped with modern engineering and specialist equipment that reflects that used by local employers.
“This is a full education programme for both age groups and to fit this in, the UTC will operate a longer school day and year than most schools or colleges.”
The UTC is open to pupils from Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington, Pickering, Malton, Driffield and all the surrounding areas.