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University Technical College given the go-ahead to join education trust

A proposal for Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC) to join Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) has been agreed.
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David Bisley, GPUTC Principal; Missy Welch (Yr 12 student); Martin Campbell, Executive Principal CMAT; Faizaan Chaudhry (Yr 13 student)

The Regional Schools Commissioner gave the go ahead for the transfer to take place last week, making GPUTC the first technical college to join the multi-academy trust.

A range of benefits will come from the partnership, including allowing the age range of students of GPUTC to be extended. Applications are now open for the first Year 7 cohort starting in September.

Greater Peterborough UTC principal David Bisley said: "We firmly believe the time is right for Greater Peterborough UTC to join a multi-academy trust and we are exceptionally pleased to be joining CMAT so we can mutually share our expertise, experience and best practice.

"This will also bring greater opportunities for curriculum development and this is most evident with the fantastic new expeditionary learning offer we can give to current Year 6 students in Peterborough and the surrounding area."

As Peterborough’s only specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics school, GPUTC is providing a unique learning offer to students aged between 11 and 19.

The scheme has been designed to provide students with  studies through a series of expeditions designed to enhance students' knowledge and develop their research and critical thinking skills. 

It also allows students to spend high-quality time with the GPUTC’s employer sponsors including Anglian Water, Perkins Engines and Marshall Peterborough.

CMAT was founded in 2011 and runs 17 schools across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire, including Nene Park Academy and West Town Primary Academy in Peterborough.

Chief executive officer of CMAT Mark Woods said: "Having Greater Peterborough UTC join CMAT will bring fantastic opportunity for both organisations and we are truly delighted to have them as part of our trust.

"For 10 years, CMAT has existed to provide, support, and champion high-quality education at the heart of local communities.

"The Greater Peterborough UTC has developed into a strong part of Peterborough’s whole education offer and by partnering with CMAT we want to take the school to the next level so it can help educate the next generation of architects, designers and engineers through its rich and unique STEM offer."

The decision follows extensive due diligence and a programme of public consultation with the school and Peterborough community invited to comment on the proposal.

Application forms for the September Year 7 intake can be downloaded from www.gputc.com. The deadline for applications is June 18.