Welcome to the new school…

23rd February 2018

We all tell our children they are special – and they are. So why teach them all the same things, the same way by the same people?

Why not tailor education towards their talents, interests and ambitions? Why not set them on the path to a future they’re excited about at the earliest possible opportunity

North East Futures UTC will do just that. It is a school that gives young people and parents a choice

The UTC (University Technical College) is rethinking how education is delivered. Aligning it with industry and providing qualifications in regional strengths, such as IT and health sciences. A school that is a conveyor belt of talented, work-ready young people

Dan Sydes, principal designate at North East Futures UTC, says the time has come for greater provision of choice in the world of Year 10 to Year 12 students

“It’s hugely exciting – this school is trailblazing, delivering education to young people in a way that responds to their interests and natural talents,” said Dan

“For decades, education has been an arena in which young people are expected to be able to do all things; to master English, maths, science, IT, PE…The list goes on.

“Why can’t we help young people who have found their flair and passion, to get started on a career they wish to follow, sooner? Give them a head start at a school that ensures they excel in areas of interest to them, while also providing the education required to succeed in life and work?

North East Futures – based near Central Station in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter – will take students aged between 14 and 19, from across the region, delivering education with an emphasis on software and tech, and health sciences.

“Our school does not want to be all things to all people. Our students will achieve great things across all areas, because they will enjoy happy and rewarding school careers, spending the lion’s share of study time learning about subjects that interest them most.

The location enjoys unrivalled road and rail links and is just five minutes walk from train, bus and Metro stations.

The UTC is forging links with industry. Students will be assigned a mentor from the world of work, who will share knowledge, experience and advice; lending support and inspiring students about working life.

And Bursaries are available for students who could find it hard to travel to North East Futures. The school is focused on helping people to achieve, whoever they are, wherever they are from and whatever their background

It offers GCSEs, A Levels and BTEC qualifications. As well as the high standard of teaching and learning that Dan is committed to offering, he is also keen that pastoral care is a major focus.

“North East Futures will provide sport, competitions and awards that students can access within their normal 9am-5pm school day,” added Dan. “This will be fun and relaxing, but will also give them something extra for their CV, and an edge in competitive interviews when they are looking for a job.

“The whole focus is on getting young people work-ready – that’s good for the young person, it’s great for industry in the North East and helps us meet the future skills needs of regional employers.

“This is all about the future. And we are the brave new face of it.

North East Futures UTC are holding an open evening on Monday 12th March at Sunderland University for prospective students. For more details and to register visit their Eventbrite page here.

To find out more about the North East Futures UTC, visit www.nefuturesutc.co.uk