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GPUTC joins schools trust

Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC) has been given the official go ahead to join Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).

The Regional Schools Commissioner agreed the proposal for the transfer to take place on June 1 2021, which makes GPUTC the first UTC to join this multi-academy trust.

The partnership will have a range of benefits including allowing GPUTC to extend its age range from 11 to 19, with applications for the first Year 7 cohort starting in September 2021 now open.

As Peterborough’s only specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school, Greater Peterborough UTC (GPUTC) is providing a unique expeditionary learning offer to the Year 7 students.

CMAT was founded in 2011 and runs 17 schools across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire, including Nene Park Academy and West Town Primary Academy in Peterborough.

Principal at Greater Peterborough UTC, David Bisley, said: “We firmly believe the time is right for Greater Peterborough UTC to join a multi-academy trust and we are exceptionally pleased to be joining CMAT so we can mutually share our expertise, experience and best practice.

“This will also bring greater opportunities for curriculum development and this is most evident with the fantastic new expeditionary learning offer we can give to current Year 6 students in Peterborough and the surrounding area.”

The expeditionary learning scheme has been designed to provide students with exciting and engaging studies through a series of expeditions designed to enhance students' knowledge, develop their research and critical thinking skills.

It also allows students to spend high-quality time with the GPUTC’s employer sponsors including Anglian Water, Perkins Engines and Marshall Peterborough.

CMAT has developed an enviable track record in working with schools to improve their own standards and achievement throughout the region.

Chief Executive Officer of CMAT, Mark Woods, said: “Having Greater Peterborough UTC join CMAT will bring fantastic opportunity for both organisations and we are truly delighted to have them as part of our Trust.

“For 10 years, CMAT has existed to provide, support, and champion high-quality education at the heart of local communities. The Greater Peterborough UTC has developed in to a strong part of Peterborough’s whole education offer and by partnering with CMAT we want to take the school to the next level so it can help educate the next generation of architects, designers and engineers through its rich and unique STEM offer.”

The decision follows extensive due diligence and a programme of public consultation with the school and Peterborough community invited to comment on the proposal.

Applications for the September 2021 Year 7 intake are now open and application forms can be downloaded from The deadline for applications is June 18th 2021.