The danger that Newhaven’s new University Technical College might have had to delay its opening by a year has been averted due to some nifty footwork by the town’s Lib Dem MP, Norman Baker.
There is a need for the provision of temporary classrooms for the first few weeks, but the Department for Education was resisting this as numbers enrolled had not reached a threshold by some arbitrary date. Without the classrooms, the College would have had to turn away the many who had enrolled and put back the opening for a year.
Norman therefore contacted the school minister, David Laws, Department for Education and won agreement for funding to be released to enable The UTC to open on schedule while the build on their permanent building is completed.
Norman says: “It would have been terrible, and sent all the wrong signals if the opening had to be delayed, so unlocking agreement from the DfE, confirmed to me in a letter this morning, is really good news.
The team is back on track to have facilities open in time for the 2015 student intake, thanks to this funding agreement.”