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Apply to a University Technical College (UTC) or Studio School

How to apply for a Year 10 transfer at a more science focused and vocational curriculum school.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) and Studio Schools are state funded educational establishments that offer places to children from Year 10 to Year 13.

These establishments offer a more science focused and vocational curriculum than most state funded schools.

Applications can be submitted for children born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004. These are children who will start Year 10 in September 2018.

How to apply for a place at a UTC or Studio School

You will need to complete a paper application form (pdf format, 122Kb) and return it to the School Admissions Team. Applications can no longer be submitted online.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the first allocation round was 31 October 2017.  These applications were processed on 1 March 2018.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the second (late) allocation round was 21 March 2018. These applications will be processed on 8 May 2018.

Applications received after 21 March will be considered later in the year.

If you missed the deadline to submit an application for a UTC or Studio School, or want to change the application you made, you need to submit an application form.

How to respond to offers

Response forms:

The deadline for accepting or declining a UTC or Studio School place was 21 March. If you have missed this deadline, please send your paper response form to the School Admissions Team as soon as possible.

Responses can no longer be submitted online.

Continued Interest (Waiting) List:

Where a child has been refused a place at a preferred UTC or Studio School, you can add their name to the relevant continued interest list.

The deadline for receipt of continued interest forms was 21 March. Forms received by this date will be considered in the second (late) allocation round on 8 May 2018.

If you have missed this deadline, your child will not be included for second allocation round on 8 May, but will be considered later in the year.

You can no longer add a child’s name to the continued interest list online. Paper forms must be returned to the School Admissions Team.

If your child has not been refused a place at a preferred UTC or Studio School, you will not be able to add their name to a continued interest list.

Free home to school transport

If your child is eligible for free home to school transport, we will send you a transport form.

You cannot respond to a transport offer online.

If you want to accept the offer of free home to school transport, or decline the offer, please complete the paper form and return it to the Admissions Team. The deadline for receipt of transport forms was 21 March. If you have missed this deadline, please return the form as soon as possible.

List of establishments

In Oxfordshire, there are currently three establishments available for Year 10 transfer.

Banbury - Space Studio Banbury

Aspirations Campus, Ruskin Road, Banbury OX16 9HY
For full contact details and prospectus visit the Space Studio’s website.

Bicester - Bicester Technology Studio

Queen’s Avenue, Bicester OX26 2NS
For full contact details and prospectus visit Bicester Technology Studio’s website.

Didcot - UTC Oxfordshire

Greenwood Way, Harwell, Didcot OX11 6BZ
For full contact details and prospectus visit the UTC Oxfordshire’s website.

Key dates

  • 8 September 2017 - parents can start to apply 
  • 31 October 2017 - closing date for on-time applications
  • 1 March 2018 – allocation day: letters (sent by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
  • 21 March 2018 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
  • 8 May 2018 – second allocation round: letters sent after first run of continued interest list and late applications
  • September 2018 – start of the school year

School transport

If your child gets a place at a UTC or Studio School, this does not mean that they will be eligible for free home to school transport.

Year 10 children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 3 miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than 3 miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council. Please see the Travelling to school page for further details.

So, if a UTC or Studio School is further from your home address than another school with an available place in Year 10, free home to school transport will not be provided.

To find out where your nearest school is, please contact us

Please note that where a new school is built, this can affect a child’s eligibility to school transport.

What if I don’t get the place I want?

You can do one or more of the following:

  • Add your child's name to the Continued Interest (or waiting) list. More information (pdf format, 235Kb) Please beware that if you add your child’s name to a school’s continued interest list, and a place becomes available that can be allocated your child, the place will be given to your child and their place at the school originally offered will be taken away.
  • Change preferences - add new preference(s) or change preference order. More information (pdf format, 130Kb)  
  • Appeal for a place (see below)

Appeal

You have the right to appeal for a place at any school where a place could not be offered. The information sent out to you in the post will explain more about who is responsible for organising your appeal.

How places were allocated

Information on how places were allocated in a particular school is available on the individual school pages

Last reviewed
26 March 2018
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