College buoyant after London lobbying trip
A LOBBYING trip to London has helped bring South Devon's new University Technical College a step nearer.
The team from South Devon UTC team were buoyant after their interview with the Department for Education, following the bid's short-listing for approval before Christmas.
They were 'very encouraged' by the fact the DfE representatives seemed keen to see the project up and running as soon as possible.
Project champion Adele Dawson said: "Over the one-hour-and-40-minute interview, everyone contributed and put a very strong case to the Department for Education. Now we need to keep our fingers crossed for a positive decision on March 28, when it is hoped the list of UTCs approved to proceed will be announced."
The proposed non-selective academy for 600 children aged 14 to 18 will be based in the centre of Newton Abbot offering GCSEs and A-levels as well as technical qualifications in engineering and science, with students progressing to university, apprenticeships and jobs as technicians in local companies.
Following the interview the team met Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot.
It comes as the college reports a 25 per cent increase in applications for university courses for September 2013, compared with the same time last year.