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Atypical age range admission schools

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Some secondary schools have atypical admission ages which means they accept pupils from years other than the normal Year 7 intake, usually in Y10.

Please see document below for information on schools in the North East area that you may wish to look into for a place for your child in Y10.

You should look at the GCSE curriculum at your child’s current school to help consider what the best option is for the next two years of your child's education.

  • University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in one or two technical subjects. At GCSE they offer a similar curriculum to a typical 11-18 secondary school, including the basics of English and Maths as well as their specialist subject.
  • Studio Schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing the skills needed for employment; involving personal coaching and work experience alongside a similar curriculum to a typical 11-18 secondary.

All schools have a statutory duty to secure impartial careers guidance for all Year 8 to Year 13 students to inspire young people to fulfil their potential and to make them aware of all opportunities open to them. We strongly recommend that your child discuss their options with a Careers Adviser in their current school or college.

If you decide that you would like to know more information or apply for a place at any of these schools for your child we suggest you contact them using the information in the document below.

Atypical Age range schools (PDF)