Greater Manchester University Technical College

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The college, which has a capability of 600 pupils, had simply 127 in January 2016

A £9m technical faculty, ranked among the many 10% worst performing faculties in England, is to shut.

Higher Manchester College Technical School (UTC) on Middleton Street in Oldham, which opened in 2014, will shut on the finish of the tutorial yr.

Exam results show none of its GCSE college students achieved grade A* to C in English or engineering final yr.

A statement on the faculty’s web site mentioned a scarcity of scholars meant it was not financially viable.

The college, which has a capability for 600 pupils aged 14 to 19, had simply 127 college students in January 2016.

As a substitute of following a conventional college route, college students research specialist programs in sustainable engineering, alongside GCSEs and A-levels.

Official figures present that, of the 46 college students who sat their GCSEs in 2016, none achieved a grade C or above in English or engineering.

1 / 4 of pupils gained their GCSE maths, and one in 5 handed science.

Beneath the federal government’s new Progress 8 benchmark measure, it’s “nicely under nationwide common” and ranked among the many lowest 10% of faculties in England.

Principal Lee Kilgour mentioned current college students in years 11 and 13 can be allowed to finish their research in the summertime time period and that college students will likely be “nicely ready for examinations this summer time”.

“We will likely be working carefully with Oldham Native Authority and different native schooling suppliers to deliver a couple of clean transition for current college students in Years 10 and 12.”

The UTC mentioned: “Sources made accessible to colleges and faculties are irretrievably linked to the variety of college students on roll and, sadly, the truth that the UTC has been unable to recruit sufficient college students throughout the Oldham district and additional afield has meant that it’s not financially viable into the long run.”

School chairman Gordon Essential mentioned the closure is “vastly disappointing”.

UTC, which is sponsored by the College of Bolton, opened in September 2014 and is but to be visited by Ofsted.