Landmark Day for Thomas Telford UTCWed, 01 Apr 2020The West Midlands UTC is reflecting on a remarkable weekend which saw it enter into the Thomas Telford Multi-Academy Trust, being renamed as Thomas Telford UTC and being provided with the names of its first cohort of Year 7 students for September 2020. What is being described as the most exciting collaboration in education for a generation saw a groundswell of interest since its inception last summer resulting in the Thomas Telford UTC being more than five times over-subscribed. Thomas Telford University Technical College has been established to merge the strengths of two schools to provide the young people of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area a unique combination of excellent academic achievement and first-class preparation for their future. Thomas Telford School has been described as a remarkable school and a beacon of excellence. Its students regularly achieve the highest outcomes of any state school in the country. West Midlands UTC will bring its own qualities to the table. Its curriculum sets it apart from many schools with a technical offer around its specialism of innovate, design and build. Employers contribute to school life providing its young people with mentors, employer-led projects and work experience opportunities. Students at Thomas Telford University Technical College will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum with greater opportunities to focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) subjects. The Principal Av Gill said “I am honoured to be a part of the most exciting development in secondary education in Wolverhampton for many years. I am confident that this flagship establishment will become the gold standard for education with students making fantastic academic progress whilst developing employability skills”. Sir Kevin Satchwell, Headmaster of Thomas Telford School said “Being able to provide opportunities for more young people from Wolverhampton to receive the type of educational experience in their own City, which is currently offered at Thomas Telford School will be a life defining experience for many more students. Aspirations will be fully met whether it be potential for Oxbridge, graduate apprenticeship or straight into employment.” Though admissions for Year 7 in September 2020 are now closed the UTC is still accepting applications for places into Sixth Form.