Consultation on admitting pupils in Year 9 at age 13-14

Posted by Dennis G. Lucan on December 21, 2019

Consultation on admitting pupils in Year 9 at age 13-14

I am writing to you as part of the consultation on the proposal to change the UTC’s Admissions Policy by introducing a new pupil intake point in Year 9 for pupils aged 13-14 years.

You may be aware of this proposal which was raised at the last WISSIC meeting. As the Head Teacher of a local secondary school I am inviting you to send me your individual feedback.

I should be grateful for your views by Monday 20 January 2020 by email to Year9survey@westminsterutc.ac.uk or by letter addressed to me at the UTC.

The Admissions Policy proposal is that two additional class forms should be introduced as a new Year 9, each with up to 25 pupils. The number of pupils admitted in Year 10 (as now) would be decreased in order to balance the size of the pupil group on the GCSE programme at Key Stage 4 across the three years.

No changes are proposed to the UTC’s admissions criteria, and applications will continue to be welcome from a diverse range of pupils. The UTC’s catchment area would remain pan-London. No additional public funding would be sought in order to implement this change and the overall Pupil Admission Number (PAN) for Years 9-11 would be 144 based on 48 students in each year group.

If approved by the Government’s Department for Education this change would take effect in the 2021/22 school year.

The rationale for the proposed change is that a 3 year STEM focused programme would better prepare pupils to achieve high standards and ultimately open up wider career opportunities. Currently pupils admitted at the start of Year 10 only have a six-term GCSE programme. Starting a school year earlier would allow pupils transferring to the UTC to make new friendships and settle in well before formal assessments begin.

I encourage you to share with me your views on this proposed change to the age of admission and look forward to receiving your feedback.

With best regards

Mr Dan Chandrakumar

Head Teacher