Blow to city’s college hopes - and new Don Valley campus

A workman rips out seats at the partly demolished Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. The plastic seats will be recycled into rubbish bins. Pic: Scott Merrylees.
A workman rips out seats at the partly demolished Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. The plastic seats will be recycled into rubbish bins. Pic: Scott Merrylees.
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Hopes of Sheffield securing a second University Technical College - and a new occupier for part of the site of Don Valley Stadium - suffered a setback this week.

An application for a college specialising in sport and life sciences was rejected by government ministers. Now a second submission is to be made in the light of an encouraging response from civil servants.

Sheffield’s first UTC opened in Shoreham Street last September and, when full, will have up to 600 students, aged 14 to 19, studying advanced engineering, digital media and manufacturing.

A second is envisaged as part of a new sports, education and health orientated campus to follow the demolition of Don Valley Stadium. It could go alongside a new combined primary and secondary school for the Attercliffe/Darnall area and specialist facilities for sports medicine.

Six new UTCs and five similar smaller ‘studio schools’ have been approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Sheffield must show there is the demand from employers and students if it is be granted permission. Efforts are being led by Sheffield College with the backing of the council, the Chamber of Commerce and other organisations.

Cabinet member Jackie Drayton said: “Obviously it is disappointing not to have been given the go-ahead. However, it is encouraging to know we have not been ruled out completely and this is something we will bear in mind when we re-apply later in the year.