Other Year 9 and Year 10 education opportunities

Some schools have atypical admissions ages to take pupils at a different age to typical 11-18 secondary schools.

We will write to parents of Year 8/9 pupils to advise about other opportunities for education starting the following academic year(s) which are available in the local area:

  • University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in one or two technical subjects. They were established by the government to encourage young people to study technical subjects and sciences, and to give them the opportunity to learn the skills that employers are looking for. They offer GCSEs alongside technical qualifications at Key Stage 4 and A Levels alongside technical qualifications at Key Stage 5.
  • Studio Schools offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications, often taught through project-based learning, alongside work experience. Students work with local employers and follow a curriculum designed to give them skills and qualifications they need in work, or to take up further education.

This does not mean that you are required to move your child from their existing school if this is still the best option for them.

Please click on the link below to access further details of the schools within a reasonable travelling distance, which you may wish to consider as an option for your child from September. You should also look at the Key Stage 4 curriculum at your child's current school, to help you to decide what the best option is for the next two years of your child's education.

If you decide that you would like to apply for a place at any of these schools for your child, you will need apply direct to them.

To help inform your decision on whether the provision offered is the right choice for your child, you may wish to speak to the current school’s Careers Leader to discuss options and opportunities for progression. You may also wish to supplement this by making use of the National Careers Service, which offers impartial advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market for anyone aged 13+. Careers information, advice and guidance is crucial to help people to develop the skills and experience that they need to achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career. The website at https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice includes a wealth of information about different careers and learning options, as well as details on how to speak to an adviser via web chat and the helpline.