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Admissions Policy 2018

Admissions Policy 2018 – Consultation Letter

Admissions Policy 2018

The London Design and Engineering (LDE) UTC opened its doors to its first cohort of students on 6 September 2016.  Students have chosen to come to the UTC because they have a passion to pursue a career in design and engineering, and a desire to work hard with the latest industry standard technologies enabling them to be the next generation of confident, independent, work-ready individuals.

The first-class facilities and specialist equipment, combined with outstanding staff, are providing experiences that will equip the students of LDE UTC with the skills needed to secure employment or routes into higher education.

In order to continue to deliver that vision, the UTC’s Board of Directors are consulting on the UTC’s admission arrangements in accordance with the Schools Admissions Code. These arrangements are for students who will be starting at the UTC in September 2018, or requesting admission to the UTC between September 2017 and July 2018.

The Consultation will be for a period of six weeks, starting from 31 October 2016 and finishing on the 16 December 2016. The purpose of the Consultation is to receive feedback on the proposed changes, and for the responses to then be collated and presented to the LDE UTC Board of Directors for full consideration before adopting the new admissions arrangements.

The Directors of The LDE UTC are responsible for offering or refusing places at the UTC. Their aim is for the LDE UTC to be a mixed ability and mixed gender institution. They ideally want to admit students from across a broad range of abilities, and to achieve a 50:50 mix of female and male students. Therefore, the admissions policy and oversubscription criteria have been changed to try and achieve this aim, whilst remaining compliant with all admissions codes and regulations.

A copy of the proposed Admission Policy for 2018/19 is available by clicking here for your perusal. The LDE UTC Directors would welcome your views on the proposed arrangements, which include changes from those agreed for the 2016/17 academic year.

Moving to a Year 9 intake:?
The new GCSEs introduced by the Department of Education (DfE) particularly in maths and English place a greater expectation on what students need to know and master in order to get a good grade. Schools across the country and locally are responding to these changes by starting GCSEs early in Year 9 so that students have longer in which to reach the new levels of expectation. In response, the LDE UTC therefore, is proposing to move from having a Year 10 (age 14) intake to having a Year 9 (age 13) intake. This means in September 2018 there will be both a Year 9 and 10 intakes and then from September 2019 only a Year 9 intake.

To accommodate a Year 9 intake, the published admissions number (PAN) for Year 12 (age 16) has had to be reduced. The proposed PAN for the LDE UTC is as follows:

A New Gender Oversubscription Criteria:?
It is well known that women are under-represented in the engineering industry and that a low proportion of female students take up engineering at college and university.

To minimise the disadvantage that women face in engineering or construction and to improve their access to careers in these sectors, section 158 of the Equality Act 2010 allows ‘positive action’ measures in certain situations provided they are not prohibited by other legislation.

Therefore, whilst being compliant with the Schools Admissions Code the Board of Directors of the LDE UTC propose to introduce for the September 2018 intake a gender oversubscription criteria. This means priority will be given to female applicants – i.e. 50% of places will be reserved for girls and the other 50% for boys, with a process for re-allocation of places if one gender does not fill its allocation. This gender criteria will also be fully integrated within the other oversubscription criterion.

Removal of the Pupil Premium Oversubscription Criteria?The Board of Directors of the LDE UTC remain vehemently committed to helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed, excel and fulfil their potential. However, issues around easily verifying eligibility and parent’s general lack of understanding about their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium, have prompted the LDE UTC to propose removing the Pupil Premium oversubscription criteria from the admissions arrangements to better streamline the process.

If you wish to comment on the proposed changes to the LDE UTC’s admissions arrangements, please send your response in writing for the attention of Brooke O’Callaghan, either by post or email to admin@ldeutc.co.uk . Comments should be received before midnight on Friday 16 December 2016.

On conclusion of the Consultation on 16 December 2016, all responses received will be collated, analysed and presented to the LDE UTC Board of Directors in early February 2017 for full consideration. The outcome of the Consultation will then be notified to all parents and stakeholders by the end of February 2017, via the LDE UTC’s website.

Yours sincerely,

Geoffrey Fowler

Principal & CEO
London Design & Engineering UTC