Silverstone’s new £10m college welcomes pupils

The first year group of pupils have enjoyed their first day at a new £10 million University Technical College inside Silverstone Circuit.

The Silverstone UTC is one of 17 new school’s for 14 to 18 year olds that provide students with an opportunity to specialise in certain subjects to suit a specific career.

The college at Silverstone, which opened its doors to students on today, will focus on high performance engineering and event management.

Neil Patterson, principal of the college, said he was hugely excited to welcome the first year of almost 200 pupils to the school.

He said; “When we are full we will have nearly 600 students in the school. We will being setting the students challenges which relate to real-life work scenarios which will prepare them for jobs when they leave the college.”

Noah Mitchell, aged 14, a new student at the college, said: “The building has really staggering facilities. The courses on offer really caught my eye.”

The Silverstone UTC is a partnership between Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, Silverstone Circuits Ltd and The University of Northampton and is supported by a variety of well-known motorsport companies including McLaren, Grandstand Group and Caterham Cars.

Robert Emery, director of external partnerships at Tresham College said: “It is great to see this project all the through from a concept to completion. It is great for the county to have two UTCs. We hope to produce students who will work in all forms of motorsport engineering, an the wider industry, in both technical and performance side.”

Students at the UTC will work from 8.30am to 5pm to mirror the length of the working day.

John Sinclair, deputy dean at the University of Northampton, said: “I think it is a fantastic facility.. We hope to make a clear link to the pupils about how their learning is related to their future employment.”