Atypical school admissions
Last updated 22 August 2023
Most secondary schools admit pupils from year 7, but some schools have atypical admission arrangements and admit pupils from the beginning of year 10.
We’re required to provide information to the parents and carers of all year 9 pupils regarding schools with atypical admission arrangements. These schools are university technical colleges and studio schools.
Stockport does not have any of these schools. However, if your child is going into year 9 you’ll receive a letter from us providing information on university technical colleges and studio schools in the areas surrounding Stockport.
University technical colleges
University technical colleges are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in one or two technical subjects. They were established by the government to encourage young people to study technical subjects and sciences. They also give young people the opportunity to learn the skills that employers are looking for. They offer:
- GCSEs alongside technical qualifications at key stage 4
- A Levels alongside technical qualifications at key stage 5
Studio schools offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications. These are often taught through project-based learning alongside work experience. Pupils work with local employers and follow a curriculum designed to give them the skills and qualifications they need in work, or to take up further education.
To help inform your decision on whether this type of school is the right choice for your child, you should:
- consider the GCSE curriculum at your child’s current school
- speak with the Careers Leader at your child’s current school
- get further advice from the National Careers Service
For more information, visit the National Careers Service website.
Schools in the areas surrounding Stockport
For a list of the university technical colleges and studio schools in the areas surrounding Stockport, email firstname.lastname@example.org.