‘Ground-breaking’ Stockport Technical School to close less than three years after it opened

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that a school that was described as ‘ground breaking’ when it opened has announced it will shut less than two years later…

Stockport Technical School, which offers vocational and academic courses for 14-to-19-year-olds, will close after failing to attract enough pupils.

The free school opened in Wellington House in the town centre in September 2013 with a focus on apprenticeships and job-based learning.

It is funded by the Government’s Educational Funding Agency, which bought the former Hillcrest Grammar site for the school to move into in September 2015.

But no new students will join and those already there will see out their courses and work placements before the school shuts for good in July 2016.

Now it is hoped Stockport College, which is a sponsor of the school, will carry on some of its work.

Principal Philippa Ollerhead said: “There is clearly a demand from employers for the ‘young apprenticeship’ model of education which the school provides.

“Stockport Technical School has successfully engaged with large, leading engineering employers in Stockport to secure 20 apprenticeship places.”

The school offered courses in engineering, motor vehicles and pharmaceutical science as well as more traditional GCSEs…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This actually seemed a good idea to me as academic route not always the best for everyone. A shame I reckon

  2. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove huge shame – espec coz of engagement frm employers. More needs doing to edu parents + schls about 14+ voc opts

  3. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove and beyond the stigma huge misunderstandings and misinformation are common, even amongst educators

  4. 07awue8bu08

    stevieg61 This tweet is the winner of the March *Twitter* lottery for Stockport. get your winnings at _UKLotto_

  5. Janet2

    @Nor_edu andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Education should be broad and balanced until 16.  14 is too young to decide on vocational option.  Also disruptive for pupils’ education to move school at 14.

    This is second ‘technical’ school to close.  Hackney UTC also shut down.

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