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Lincoln gets go-ahead for new technical college

By LWallace_LE  |  Posted: May 29, 2012

  • The University of Lincoln

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Lincoln will get one of 15 new University Technical Colleges (UTCs). 
It will specialise in core science and engineering, supported by the University of Lincoln, Siemens and Lincoln College, along with other city companies. 
It comes after four years of work by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT), the Department for Education and businesses.
UTCs are for 14 to 19-year-olds and have been designed as a solution to increasing the number of technicians and engineers in the country.
They are all supported by a university, local employers and often a further education college. Each UTC provides at least one technical specialism alongside key GCSEs in English, maths and science, as well as a foreign language, humanities, finance, business, entrepreneurial and employability skills.  
There are no entrance tests for UTCs. 
Nick Muntz, managing director at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd said: "Siemens strongly believes that the UTC initiative will provide a unique opportunity for employers to engage with future workforce." 

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  • bob_cat_1  |  May 31 2012, 9:58AM

    What a strange thing to say! What do you think a school is? No one is challenging the educational merits of this project, just pointing out the effect that it will have on the majority of children in Lincoln - so well done to those who clearly care about all our children. I wonder why there has to be a NEW school - why not just turn one of the existing schools into a UTC? The majority students who attend the new UTC will come from the existing schools within the city - do the arithmetic, one is bound to close!

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  • Tom_Whimpole  |  May 30 2012, 3:52PM

    Why is it that some commentators seem to think that a school is more important than a Child?

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  • M_C_Donald  |  May 30 2012, 11:01AM

    Already secondary numbers are falling..." This is due population figures ie their are 11-16 year olds than when the schools were built. If you are saying that individual schools are less full, this is true due to above, but there will be an increase next year as the school leaving age is going up to 17 and subsequently 18.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  May 29 2012, 10:18PM

    Specialisms in 9 GCSEs AND a technical specialism, alongside university status sounds superb, until you read that there are no entrance tests. Are these places intended for genuine science and engineering students, or will they become a holding pen for for non-academic school avoiders? They are very different groups.

  • Blacksmiths  |  May 29 2012, 9:19PM

    This is another disaster for all the other schools in Lincolnshire and the students that won't be able to go to the utc. Already secondary numbers are falling and there are spare places at most schools. As more students leave the money follows them and some courses and some schools may well have to close. Great for those lucky enough to go to the utc, though with 12 million pounds of our money to be spent on the premises it should be very nice. Tough for those who are in schools that are falling down with no hope of being repaired. I hope that in a few years time we don't have another Gillilsnd situation, the Priory started as the lincoln school of science and technology - has a familiar ring to it. A very dark day for the majority of Lincolnshire students.

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  • InsideStory  |  May 29 2012, 6:27PM

    And how many Secondary Schools do we have left in Lincoln ?

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  • M_C_Donald  |  May 29 2012, 5:02PM

    The problem over the last 15 years the focus has been on academic subjects and less on the practical and physics based subjects. The wealth of this country was built on manufacturing, we need engineers and technicians who are going to invent, design, develop and build high end products that will put this county back on the manufacturing map. This school will give its pupils a better chance of employment than those which send their pupils to Uni to do Media Studies or Journalism.

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  • Lincoln_Lad1  |  May 29 2012, 4:12PM

    Bad news? More choice and better education opportunities?! Don't be ridiculous!

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  • same3  |  May 29 2012, 3:12PM

    This is really bad news for all the Secondary Schools in Lincoln who will now lose students and funding as a result of this decision.

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