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COLLEGE AND COUNCIL BID FOR UTC NEWHAVEN RECEIVES GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

February 26th, 2019.



The government has announced that the East Sussex College Group and both Lewes and Eastbourne councils are the ‘preferred partners’ after the college and councils made a joint bid to take over the UTC (University Technology College) in Newhaven.


In close liaison with Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, the college and council senior teams acted quickly following the announcement by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, that funding for the UTC was being terminated with a view to closure by August 2019.

Subsequently, an expression of interest was submitted to the Department of Education and this has now been formally accepted as the basis for further negotiations.

Dan Shelley, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, East Sussex College Group, said: “This is just one small step in a long process, yet I am absolutely delighted that the government has chosen to work with ourselves and our partners at Lewes and Eastbourne councils. Together with East Sussex County Council, Newhaven Enterprise Zone and other local stakeholder groups, we will work tirelessly to make the site and the training fit for purpose."