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New school is on the shortlist
12:00pm Monday 14th January 2013 in News
PLANS for a new school providing specialist science and engineering education for 14 to 18 year olds have been shortlisted by the Government.
The University Technical College, planned for Salisbury, would be among just a handful nationwide and would offer students from the Forest the chance to specialise in science and engineering on top of mainstream school studies.
Project manager Gordon Aitken said: “The Government has confirmed that only the strongest applications have been invited for interview and so this looks like excellent news.”
The consortium bidding to set up the UTC includes the University of Southampton, 43 Wessex Brigade, Wiltshire College, Wiltshire Council and major employers including QinetiQ, the Health Protection Agency, Tetricus, Dstl and Chemring Countermeasures.
UTCs are state schools open to anyone.
There are only about a dozen currently operating in England with another 20 due to open in the next two years.
The Government will announced its decision by the end of March. For details go to wiltshire-utc.co.uk.