College responds to two-tier shift

Thursday 8 January 2015

Bedford College has responded to the fast moving shift to two-tier education across South Bedfordshire by maintaining the entry age to the Central Bedfordshire University Technical College at age 14.

It had consulted on moving entry to age 13 as it fitted with the three-tier upper school change-over, but as the two-tier system, where pupils join secondary schools at the age of 11, now dominates the local scene it has been decided to stick to an entrance age of 14 at the UTC.

“By keeping to this age range, the UTC will be able to work more closely with local feeder schools and complement their provision by providing a range of opportunities for students of all ages to access our specialist engineering and design curriculum so that they can make a more informed decision about joining the UTC, either in Year 10 or Year 12 as Sixth Formers."

“Luton Borough already has a two-tier school system and in light of the fact that Central Bedfordshire has now put in a two-tier school system in Dunstable and Houghton Regis, the view, as a result of consultation, was to leave the entrance age at 14."

“We look forward to working with local schools to put this provision in place,” said a spokeswoman for Bedford College which became sponsors of the UTC officially from September 2014.

UTC Central Bedfordshire will continue to have an intake of 150 students into Year 10 each year.

The Sixth Form (Year 12 and Year 13) will be maintained at 300 students (150 in each year group).

Local education providers, parents and pupils were consulted about the change. 

The next open day at the UTC in Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, LU5 5PY is on Saturday Jan 24th between 10 am and 12.30 am, to which all are welcome from across South Beds.

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