Plans for new University Technical College in Sheffield one step closer

Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site
Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site

Plans for a new college on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield are expected to take a step forward next week.

When the stadium was demolished planners gave the go-ahead for the Olympic Legacy Park, featuring a new stadium, sports and education facilities.

Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site

Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site

The Government approved plans to establish a University Technical College on the site, with its first students expected to start courses in September 2016.

Part of the deal was for Sheffield City Council to transfer land for the building to the UTC Trust, which Sheffield Council’s cabinet members are set to agree next Wednesday.

The UTC for Human Sciences and Computing is on top of a state-of-the-art £17 million super school and community hub, with 1,200 places for youngsters aged two to 16, which is due to open to pupils this September.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Sheffield is leading the way in education with not just one, but two university technical colleges.

“Not only will this UTC be a huge boost in driving forward our ambition to making sure every young person gets the right training for future jobs, it also adds to our plans to boost education in this area, which includes our brand new through school.

“‘Our vision for the city is that all children, young people and families achieve their full potential.

“It is vital that we make sure our next generation of young people have the right skills and experience they need to get jobs and opportunities in years to come.”

The city’s first UTC, on Matilda Street in Sheffield city centre, opened in September 2013.