Consultation – Watford UTC to include 3-form Entry at Key Stage 3 from September 2020

CONSULTATION

If you have any comments about this matter please email them to consultation@watfordutc.org prior to the closing date of Friday 26th October 2018.

CONSULTATION SURGERIES

We are hosting three consultation surgeries on the dates/times listed below.  This will give you an opportunity to meet with the Principal, Emma Loveland, and ask any questions you may have about the process and plans.

  • Wednesday 17th October – 1100 to 1330
  • Friday 19th October – 0815 to 1030
  • Tuesday 23rd October – 1630 to 1900

 

THE WATFORD UTC –  TO INCLUDE KS3

The Watford UTC wishes to introduce a Key Stage 3 cohort with a 3-form entry starting with Year 7 from September 2020.  We have been advised that there is a need to consult over this process.  Please therefore read the information below which will be available on www.watfordutc.org from Monday 17th September until Friday 26th October 2018. If you have any comments, please email them to consultation@watfordutc.org  prior to the closing date of Friday 26th October 2018.

This information has also been passed to the Local Authority and the Heads of South West Hertfordshire schools.  Parents and staff will also be notified of their right to comment.

Mandy Chalk

PA to the Principal

Click here to view more information about The Academy @ Watford UTC from September 2020

Click here for Draft Admissions Policy September 2020

Rationale

The Watford UTC opened as University Technical College in September 2014 with Specialisms in Computing and Event Management and a building tailored to deliver courses based around these areas.  There is an existing skills shortage in both our local area and the UK as a whole in these sectors. Currently, entry to The Watford UTC is at two points, Year 10 (GCSE and equivalent courses) and Year 12 (Post 16 courses).

Our desire to offer entry to students from Year 7 is based on the following:

It will enable our students to start to master our areas of specialism earlier.  Computer Science in particular is one of the most challenging subjects on offer.  Therefore it is key that we build a solid foundation of understanding in this subject area from Year 7.

South West Hertfordshire and North London are projected to have a significant deficit of available Secondary School places from 2018 onwards.  We want to play our part in meeting this need.  Please refer to Table One at the end of this letter.

Our campus will have a capacity for 710 students across 11-18, 270 of which will be in KS3 (Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9).

The change of status to 11-18 can be accommodated with some re-designation of existing spaces, and no new build.

The advantages of this change of status will help to create resilient, entrepreneurial, computer literate KS3 students leaving them well placed to tackle the challenges of our Computing & Event Management Specialisms at KS4 and Post 16.

The re-designation of some areas within the existing build will:

  • Provide a specialist Performance space
  • Additional Science lab
  • More appropriate outdoor spaces
  • Relocation of some existing open projects spaces as classrooms

Germane information

Before any internal work is carried out, we will ensure:

  • Any required planning permission has been received from Watford Borough Council
  • A competitive tendering exercise has been completed
  • There is funding available for the project

Table One – Forecast Shortfall of Year 7 Secondary Places in Watford Area

Source: Meeting the Demand for School Places: Summer 2016/17 – report by Hertfordshire County Council