MORE than 300 students have applied for places at the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College (SSMWUTC) as it continues to forge a reputation for innovative courses in construction and engineering alongside a rigorous academic curriculum.
The news of an application boom came as Westminster City Council leader Nickie Aiken toured the Ebury Bridge site in Victoria and saw students at work.
There are currently 124 students aged 14 to 19 at the College, which opened its doors in September 2017. A record 300 new applications have now been received for next year with teenagers keen to learn a highly employable blend of GCSEs and A levels twinned with vocational courses.
Cllr Aiken said: “Students coming to the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC know this is a place with tough academic standards. But they also know employers value the combination of academia and real-life training in construction and engineering, and that’s clearly making the College a very desirable place to go.”
The Westminster leader toured the bespoke new-build five-floor building in Sutherland Street and met three students who have reached the final of a TfL competition by producing a short film imagining potential improvements to London’s transport network. TfL, together with Network Rail, are two of the six leading national and international partners in the UTC’s unique Employer Alliance which run business challenge projects at the UTC.
The SSMW UTC building has been the site of educational establishments for more than 100 years. The St George Row School was based nearby, and a St George Row plaque from 1898 is built into the wall of the ground floor of the new building. The Sutherland Street area also housed the London School Board, and in the 1950s was the site of the Ebury Bridge Technical School.
Cllr Aiken added: “The Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC is the standard bearer of a proud record in education in this part of Westminster which stretches back to the 19th century. I look forward to it producing the engineers and construction leaders of the 21st century.”