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Atypical admissions

The government has instructed all local authorities to inform parents and carers of all pupils in Year 9 about schools that are within travelling distance of the local authority area that admit pupils at the beginning of Year 10. 

The government wants parents and carers to be well informed about all the options available for children of this age.

This does not mean that parents have to move their child to another school after Year 9. For the great majority of children, the school they are already attending will remain the most appropriate place for them to continue their education.

Schools that admit pupils in Year 10 are called University Technical Colleges (UTCs) or Studio Schools. 

Universal Technical Colleges (UTCs)

UTCs are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in 1 or 2 technical subjects. In Years 10 and 11 they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subject.

The following UTCs are considered to be within a reasonable distance:

  • Global Academy UTC (London Borough of Hillingdon)
  • UTC Heathrow (London Borough of Hillingdon)
  • UTC Reading (Reading Borough Council)

For more information about UTCs, please visit the respective schools’ websites along with the link below to UTC/Studio Schools in London and surrounding areas. 

Studio schools

Studio schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience. They have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school. 

The following Studio Schools are considered to be within a reasonable distance:

  • De Salis Studio College (London Borough of Hillingdon)
  • Logic Studio School (London Borough of Hounslow)
  • Parkside Studio College (London Borough of Hillingdon)
  • Space Studio West London (London Borough of Hounslow)

For more information about Stage Schools, please visit the respective schools’ websites along with the link below to UTC/Studio Schools in London and surrounding areas. 

Further information

You can find further information and contact details in this list of all UTC/Studio Schools in the London and surrounding areas.